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Rise of Arsenal #1



The Solicit:
In JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE, Roy Harper lost everything at the hands of Prometheus, barely surviving the brutal severing of his arm. But when he finally awakens from his coma, Roy will find that his dangerous journey into despair is just beginning.

I Say:
This follow up to Justice League: Cry for Justice has its work cut out for it. In the earlier series the Green Arrow family of heroes was essentially destroyed; Red Arrow had his arm ripped off and replaced with a cybernetic prosthetic (how very 90’s) and his young daughter Lian was killed along with all of Star City. Green Arrow, his former mentor, has become a remorseless vigilante.

The combination of woman-in-refrigerator syndrome, plus a dead child, plus senseless maiming, genocide, and a lame cybernetic arm has resulted in scads of ticked-off critics and fans. The normally stellar James Robinson penned the abysmal series but was apparently under substantial editorial pressures. He has since had the good sense to apologize, swearing “I don’t enjoy killing off characters and I’m not going to do it any more.”

The most favorable reviews of the parent series called it inconsistent, over-the-top, and patchy, and these two follow ups look poised to deliver a further disservice to both Green Arrow, his successor, and any other characters unfortunate enough to appear in their pages. Newsarama reviewer George Marston called Cry for Justice “the capstone of the [DC Comics Editor in Chief] Dan DiDio era [of] wanton death, destruction, and outright carnage.” In the midst of DC’s much ballyhooed “Brightest Day” series, the Rise of Arsenal and Fall of Green Arrow titles look ready to celebrate the worst of DC’s recent legacy.

Verdict: MISS

Red Arrow in happier days (for the character and his readers)


  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    Sooo... we'll be skipping that one, then. I think that cover art you included pretty much sums it up - I was horrified just looking at it!

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