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Rabid Superheroes

July 13, 2009

     If you’ve read Justice League: Cry for Justice, then you know exactly to what this title is referring.  In the fallout from Final Crisis (which, actually, ended months ago), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) feels that the Justice League of America isn’t doing enough.  Simply reacting to problems doesn’t save enough lives.  Therefore, Hal decides to form his own Justice League to be proactive, to stop problems before they occur.  And his good pal Green Arrow decides to join him.  Then, in three other segments, three characters decide that they desire justice on their own.  Ray Palmer, along with the successor to the Atom legacy, Ryan Choi, beat up Killer Moth.  Palmer even tortures him to find out who was behind the killing of a friend of his.  The Mikaal Tomas Starman finds out that his boyfriend is dead and blows up a car in anger.  And Congorilla’s entire tribe of gorillas, as well as his friend Freedom Beast, are killed.  Each of them cry out for justice, the last of them quite literally.

     This miniseries is already more than a bit of a joke.  Deliberately forcing these characters into situations where they can, in extremely contrived and cheesy fashions, cry out for justice.  Making Ray Palmer and Hal Jordan suddenly bloodthirsty.  And the fact that Final Crisis finished months ago just makes this story feel so dated.  Besides, hasn’t the idea of a proactive Justice League been explored in both Justice League Elite and Extreme Justice, albeit in different varieties?  So to be honest, I’m just not feeling this story.  And the very fact that it’s utilizing such random characters as Mikaal Tomas and Congorilla makes it even less exciting.  The very concept of Congorilla is more than just a bit ridiculous.  Okay, so Mauro Cascioli’s art is drop dead gorgeous 90% of the time.  But that’s the only redeeming feature of this miniseries.  In fact, it’s shocking that THE James Robinson, the guy who wrote Starman, would write something so silly.  I’m staying for one more issue, but if it doesn’t pick up, I’ll save my money by buying one less miniseries.

Plot: 5.2      Art: 9.0      Dialogue: 3.5      Overall: 4.8

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