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Justice League: Cry for Justice #1

Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2009
By: Erik Norris

James Robinson
Mauro Cascioli
DC Comics
Well now I understand where the title comes from. Justice League: Cry for Justice is the kick off to a long sought after series by writer James Robinson and artist Mauro Cascioli. And after the recent announcement of Robinson picking up writing duties on the main Justice League of America series in October, Cry for Justice serves as the writer's foundation to the franchise. And what a great foundation he is building.

I think first mention has to be made towards the art of Cry for Justice #1. Now this review is coming in after roughly a week since the issue hit shelves. And I would be lying if I said I didn't read other critic's reviews. With that said, these guys are either blind or accidentally bought an entirely different comic under the impression it was Cry for Justice. Mauro Cascioli's work here is absolutely breathtaking. One need only glance at the page depicting both Atoms (Ryan Choi and Ray Palmer) tearing apart Killer Moth's hideout to see the genius that is Cascioli. While the painted colors do make some of the poses seem stiff, the craftsmanship of the book's layouts and the detail in the light glistening off the face of some thug is worth the $4 price tag alone. This is a beautiful, beautiful book.

It's also nice to know the story and writing holds up to the standard set by the pretty pictures. However, one aspect of James Robinson's writing that is very hit or miss with readers is how he narrates monologue boxes. As of late, Robinson writes these boxes as if they are a stream of consciousness, and that continues here in Cry for Justice. In fact, sometimes this approach requires multiple readings of the same sentence in order to understand what Robinson is trying to get across. It can be frustrating, and definintely removes you from the flow of the story, and art, from time to time. But it doesn't take long to get use to, and once you do you'll find a worthwhile setup to what will hopefully be a long and fruitful run on the Justice League books for James Robinson, Cry for Justice being the lynchpin. So get yourself a copy and get in on the ground floor of what will hopefully be a story that re-establishes the Justice League as the premiere team in superheroics.



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