Thursday, January 28, 2010

Comic Book Review: Justice League A Cry For Justice #6 (of 7)

Book Information
Written by James Robinson
Art by Scott Clark & Siya Dum

After Prometheus reveals himself under a technological cloak disguising himself as Shazam, he pushes through the oncoming brigade of heroes determined to put a stop to his murderous rampage.  At the cusp of defeat, Donna Troy flies in, almost killing Prometheus.  As the League interrogates their attacker, his evil plot is revealed which is already put into motion.  Can the League save the day before an entire city of people, or will Prometheus finally be victorious and tear the League apart?

My Thoughts
I have never seen a complete turn around in the quality of a storyline more than with this issue.  Every issue, starting with #1, has been less than satisfactory, containing a lot of unneeded dialog as well as boring and confusing plot twists.  With the exception of his work on Superman, this is Robinson’s worst series at DC yet.  However, this issue completely grabbed my attention and kept hold of it with every page turn.  No doubt Robinson was killing time until this climactic and powerful event within this arc.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Prometheus, I’ve always viewed him more as a throw away villain used to fill in dead space in comics.  Robinson has revitalized the villain in ways I couldn’t imagine.  It just goes to show, every idea worth writing about has potential to be great.  The League was helpless against Prometheus’ continual and unending knowledge of their weaknesses; Even Supergirl, the most powerful of the group, was taken down as easy as a pit-bull chomping away at a hummingbird.  This was very refreshing for me to finally see Prometheus used to the maximum potential. 

The story itself was completely satisfying despite the terrible writing in the previous five issues.  The tension and build up of angst was very powerful and worth the few bucks to pay for.  The mystery in this story wasn’t making sense, but this issues helps bring everything to the surface and takes your breath away.  I can’t imagine how Green Arrow must be feeling, especially since his city is already in peril and tumbling to the streets below.  I wonder how Prometheus is making this quake occur and how the League is going to stop it, if at all.

I was sad to see Cascioli taking a leave of absence from this miniseries, even though he will be returning to finish out this series next month.  But Clark was a satisfactory and pleasant substitute for the artistic aspect of the book.  Attempting to continue the great art Cascioli has established, Clark creates a some incredible and clean scenes that pop out at you just as much.  I was a little throw by the strains of blood coming out of Donna Troy’s wrists which distracted me to a certain degree, but Clark is well on his way in establishing himself as one of the better painters in the comic industry. 

A great issue!  I was completely taken by surprise and can’t wait for the final seventh issue to be published. 

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Next Issue Coming February 24, 2010
This is the big one! After the catastrophes seen in issues #5 and #6, a hero loses control, leading to an unexpected ending that will fundamentally change the lives of the World's Greatest Heroes forever. This issue launches a major storyline in the DC Universe and is not to be missed!

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