Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #1

by Doug Zawisza, Reviewer |

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Story by
J.T. Krul
Art by
Geraldo Borges, Marlo Alquiza
Colors by
Hi-Fi
Letters by
Rob Clark Jr.
Cover by
Greg Horn, Mike Mayhew
Publisher
DC Comics
Cover Price
$3.99 (USD)
Release Date
Mar 24th, 2010

Fri, March 26th, 2010 at 7:06PM (PDT)


Somewhere, Paul Harvey is resting easy. For now we get, "the rest of the story." What went on in "Justice League: Cry for Justice" before Roy dragged himself down the hall hemorrhaging like a sliced water jug? Apparently Prometheus used his flying CDs of doom (OK, maybe they were Blu-Ray discs, but they sure looked awfully orange) to distract Roy as he disarmed the archer with some kind of energy dagger. You can catch some of the scuffle in our preview right here.

That's not the only story we get closure on. As if there wasn't enough of an uproar over the death of Lian Harper, we are given more of her final moments to play upon our emotions.

The preview art for this book looked pretty good, but Borges' art is inconsistent. It is dynamic and exciting, fit for a comic book, but it is also unbalanced at parts. There is one scene, as Roy wakes up to those who love him, where Donna Troy's costume is so poorly drawn on her body I'm still not sure how her breast isn't fully exposed. Granted, I've never had the tragedy of losing a limb, so I can't comment on the tubes that are inserted into the bloody stump of Roy's right arm, but I do know that modern breathing tubes don't disappear in the patient's nose. These may seem like trivial concerns, but they certainly don't add to the overall level of quality here. The characters all possess super anatomy, with more than a few instances of characters being swappable. Batman and Hal look like mirror images of the same guy in two different get-ups at one point.

The art isn't the only thing that drags this book down. It seems hastily composed, but given the delays "Cry for Justice" encountered, time should have been a staunch ally of everyone working on this book. Why is it that Roy wakes up at S.T.A.R. Labs in Star City when it's been noted that much of Star City has been destroyed?

Krul is trying to put Roy back on his feet, to take him through the journey of the stages of grief, to hold off the prosthetic magic arm that will physically make the character whole, and in doing so Krul gives us a peek into Harper's mind. The intent is good, but the execution of it all makes this story seem drawn out, decompressed.

Roy Harper has been down more than up, and to see this character smashed into and through the wringer sideways doesn't endear me to the character or the story that surrounds him. Krul claims to love Roy Harper as a character. Now that he's worked so hard to establish a new low for the character, I hope he gives the character something to live for, but honestly, I don't know that I care.

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