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Justice League: Cry For Justice (2010)

by James Robinson, Mauro Cascioli (Illustrator), Scott Clark (Illustrator)

Other authors: Oclair Albert (Illustrator), Michael Babinski (Illustrator), Mark Bagley (Illustrator), David Beatty (Illustrator), Sergio Carrera (Illustrator)13 more, Vicente Cifuentes (Illustrator), Federico Dallocchio (Illustrator), John Dell (Illustrator), Sterling Gates (Contributor), Don Kramer (Illustrator), Scott McDaniel (Illustrator), Siya Oum, Andy Owens (Illustrator), Ivan Reis (Illustrator), Ibraim Roberson (Illustrator), Adrian Syaf (Illustrator), Mark Waid (Contributor), Len Wein (Contributor)

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When Batman and Martian Manhunter are slaughtered by Prometheus, their allies Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Shazam, Supergirl, and Starman team together to defeat him before he can attack again.

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Prometheus vs. America is sort of the story in this one.

The JLA membership splinters. Green Lantern (Hal) and Green Arrow wanting to take a much more proactive approach to dealing with the super villains in the world.

The art is okay, but I didn't love it. A lot of it seemed too dark to me.

One of the best parts of the issues was the Green Arrow/Green Lantern friendship. Not everyone can write it well, but, Robinson seemed to be able to.

I just wish that there had been fewer characters cluttering up the pages. ( )
  DanieXJ | Aug 15, 2014 |
At the end of Green Arrow and Black Canary: Five Stages, Hal Jordan summons Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance up to the Justice League headquarters for an important meeting; Cry for Justice opens with that meeting. Hal's point is that too many heroes have died recently and what he needs is some JUSTICE. JUSTICE apparently being a more proactive approach, where the League hunts down criminals before the commit crimes. Notwithstanding that the characters in the first chapter use the word JUSTICE at an implausibly high rate, I'm not sure this premise makes sense.

(Can we talk about the hilarious panel where the Atom shouts "Yeah... JUSTICE!", which makes him sound like a member of the Tiny Titans, which I somehow doubt was Robinson's intention?)

Are you telling me that the League knows where (for example) the Toyman is, and just sits around doing nothing? Even if he's not currently up to criminal mischief, he's a wanted man, surely? To imply that superheroes just sit around waiting for crimes to happen makes them seem like incompetent chumps most of the time. Anyway, Hal Jordan says he's gonna form his own JUSTICE League, and even though moments before they beamed up, Oliver and Dinah renewed their commitment to one another, Oliver takes no time at all to leave with Hal for completely nonsensical reasons.

So, even if the premise did make sense, it gets abandoned after about 22 pages. Hal and Oliver go proactive in Gotham (why? isn't it kind of mean of GA to leave Speedy protecting Star City all by herself?), teaming up with the Atom, who is apparently a giant asshole, and soon discover that the villain Prometheus has a plot to destroy the world which they need to stop. Okay, so just like every other Justice League title, then. What was the point of this special team?

Oh, right! It's the torture. This is done in the heavy-handed way that every superhero comic handles torture, which is to say that the characters do a lot of it, then one of them shouts, "My God! We've gone too far!" for no readily apparent reason. If this comic actually examined the seductive aspects of torture, that would be one thing, but it just has a lot of it up until the point where it doesn't.

It's also the violence. This is famously the story that kills off a five-year-old girl to prove the situation is serious. Charming. Also, Star City gets blown up. Again, for those of you who remember Winick's five-years-ago run on Green Arrow. Oh geeze.

The worst part of this book is, of course, Prometheus. Seriously, has a worse supposedly-awesome-but-actually-lame villain ever existed? His power is that he has a power to stop any superhero's power. Does that even make sense? Some of his powers are so powerful that he should just use them all the time. He can chop off Arsenal's arms-- why doesn't he do that to everyone? Or he has bullets forged by Mercury to use on Supergirl-- surely that would kill anyone he came across? And for some reason the Justice League fights him one at a time. I am pretty sure that if anyone was jumped by Supergirl, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Stargirl, Black Canary, the Atom, Wonder Girl, Starfire, Green Lantern, Doctor Light, Starman, Plastic Man, Zatanna, and the freaking Flash all at once, there's no way he could be fast enough to win. He was lame when he first appeared in Grant Morrison's JLA, and he's lame here.

There's also the art, which starts out nice, if stiff-- Mauro Cascioli does some good sub-Alex-Ross painted stuff. But time goes on, he gets rushed, and we get bad fill-ins and a never-ending stream of butt and boob shots. Both at once if we're lucky! The storytelling, too, is lacking.

Is there anything to like about this book? Even the humor's B-grade sexist stuff. So apparently not. Poor Green Arrow-- why'd you have to get sucked into this crap?

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
James Robinsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cascioli, MauroIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, ScottIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Albert, OclairIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Babinski, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bagley, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beatty, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carrera, SergioIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cifuentes, VicenteIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dallocchio, FedericoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dell, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gates, SterlingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kramer, DonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDaniel, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oum, Siyasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Owens, AndyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reis, IvanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberson, IbraimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Syaf, AdrianIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waid, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wein, LenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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