Justice League: Cry For Justice #1
Written by James Robinson
Art by Mauro Cascioli
Hal Jordan sucks.
There, it's out of my system, on to the review.
JL:CFJ is an odd book. Every flaw that everyone has commented on exists, and I can see them. Hal sounds very petulant at the start. The dueling narration of the Atoms is confusing. The random shouting of 'JUSTICE!' is plain awful. Objectively, this is a bad comic, I am aware of this, but damn if this isn't my very own Rulk. I did enjoy this a lot.
Hal Jordan is a damn sight more bearable when Ollie's around. I love that as soon as they were out of the earshot of the other Leaguers, Ollie's first reaction was to go "Err... Why didn't we use the teleporters dumbass?" It was a very geniune moment between two friends and the first time in ages Hal Jordan has felt like an actual person. Next up, The Atoms. I fucking love, love LOVE Ryan Choi. All-New Atom was one of the most F-U-N comics of this decade until Remender raped the life out of it in a short amount of time and it was great to see that Ray is not only fine with Ryan being the Atom, but he's damn proud of him. I was a bit peturbed by Ray's new methods, but the dude's been through a lot, it's not a stretch to see him being a little more hardcore. Also, Killer Moth rules!
Next on the roll call, Mikaal Thomas. I've just started a big reread of Starman, mainly due to this issue, so I'm reaquainting myself with Mikaal, I'd argue that he seemed slightly out of character but when it's James Robinson writing, the guy who gave Mikaal his character, it's hard to argue. Lastly, Congorilla, or as Robinson points out in the back-matter, just Bill. It's a bit of a hackneyed plot device for any jungle based character (Catman had this recently, and I'm sure something similar has happened to Ka-Zar) but it does it's job I guess. I'm not happy with the death of Freedom Beast because it served no purpose, the sole reason for his death was to motivate another character, Robinson effectively shoved him into the metaphorical fridge.
This wasn't really a story, more a series of vignettes. The story is forming, but it's not there yet, I would have like to see at least some link between the characters' crys for Justice, like maybe it was Prometheus who attacked S.T.A.R labs resulting in Mikaal's boyfriend's death, etc. My main grievance is the character I'm buying this for hasn't shown up yet, and according to solicits, Freddy Freeman won't be showing up until #3. It's a personal annoyance though and doesn't affect the quality of the book or my review of it.
Now... Mauro Cascioli... The guy's good. Damn good. My favourite sequence is probably the Atoms sequence, he has a great sense of kinetic movement that other painted artists (Alex Ross, Dell'Otto) sometimes lack, and look at the colour in it. The Atoms' costumes! The blood! Killer Moth! It's all beautifully done. He also does one of the best apes since Art Adamns and
Overall this was a flawed, flawed comic, but one that rewards DC nuts like myself, so much so that I can look past those faults and enjoy it anyway, which I did. Oodles.
Story - 8
Art - 9
Overall - 8
Best line: "You are all I though you'd be and everything I hoped for"