This is by way of a follow up piece to the somewhat controversial miniseries Cry for Justice. I’m going to go through and find the various errors that occurred throughout the series. Not things I didn’t like, not opinion issues, flat out mistakes from the writer or artist that the increasingly poorly titled “editors” also let get by. I will also be doing my best to point out things that are brought up and never resolved or addressed. I have done by best to not include things that I didn’t like, or tactical errors made by characters, simply things that seem blatantly incorrect.
Issue 1, scene 1
The JLA is having a very serious meeting about how they handle criminals. There are two mistakes here. Supergirl is shown in the meeting in several panels. Supergirl has never been a member of the JLA in current continuity (until Robinson started writing JLA, AFTER CFJ). There is no reason for her to be here, and with the topics being discussed, I can’t see them inviting a guest along. The second is one that continues through most of the series- Firestorm is drawn as the Ronnie Raymond incarnation, who has been dead since Identity Crisis. This Firestorm being shown is the wrong race, wearing the wrong costume for Jason Rousch, who was Firestorm at that time. This is not fixed until issue 6. To spare both the reader and myself, I won’t point out every time it happens, but it’s not isolated to issue one, or just one scene.
Issue 1, scene 2
The Atoms, Palmer and Choi, fight Killer Moth and company. After they win, Palmer says “You are all I thought you’d be, and everything I hoped for.” This seems to be in reference to the mentor relationship Ray and Ryan had via being pen-pals, culminating in Ryan taking up Ray’s costume in his own series. The problem there is this was revealed to be faked by Chronos- Ray didn’t know who Ryan was the first time they actually met. They’ve been shown together very rarely since then. Exactly when did Ray “hope” Ryan would be something?
Issue 2, scene 4
Ray Palmer and Jay Garrick talk about the various deaths and thefts. Ray is show full size, cowl down, in costume. Ray’s costume disappears when he grows to full size.
Issue 2, scene 5
Among the defeated villains, we see Bolt. Bolt was killed in Terror Titans, months before this series took place.
Issue 3, scene 1
Clayface as Prometheus fools even Ray, who was literally inside his head. I seem to recall everytime we’ve seen a Clayface wounded or cut, we see brown clay inside, not actual tissue.
Issue 4, Scene 2-
Miss Martian fights Brick, who died a while before this series.
Issue 4, Scene 4 or 5, depending how you cut it.
Jay Garrick talks to Argent in St. Roch, LA. Argent, the New Jersey mafia princess who lives in New York City, and when last seen announced her desire to get out of the hero game. Why is she in the wrong part of the country fighting Chiller?
Issue 5, Scene 1-
Ollie and Hal’s splinter group meet up with the rest of the JLA. We see Ray lounging on the shoulder of “Shazam,” actually Prometheus in holographic disguise. Roy Harper later even states one of the ways he knew it wasn’t Freddie was he felt gloves on what looked like bare hands. Yet Ray can’t tell that he’s sitting on a metal armor plate instead of a cloth cape?
Issue 5 into Issue 6-
I’m going to just put this forward: many people complain about the fight in Identity Crisis when Deathstroke takes on the JLA, saying he shouldn’t have done anywhere near as well as he did, most specifying the way he took down Wally West so easily. Here, we see Prometheus walk all over a larger group of heroes, including taking down Wally off panel even. Deathstroke has powers, Prometheus doesn’t. Tell me precisely how the one is unfair and makes Deathstroke a “Mary Sue” but the other works. I don’t see it, and I do actually call it an error.
Issue 5 into Issue 6- the fight.
Ok, a lot of things here don’t remotely make sense to me. One I will call an error on for certain- Animal Man is with the group that joins the heroes in 5- Donna, Kory, Congorilla, Mik. And then… he misses the whole fight. He went out for coffee? Yes, we see him leave with Dr. Light to check the security cameras, but she makes it back for the fight. Where’d he go?
As above- Prometheus drops Red Tornado with a kind of Choloroform? This affects an android how? He doesn’t breathe, he doesn’t get knocked out, how did this work?
As above- Donna is pinned to the wall through the wrists by some odd spears from Prometheus. It seems her bullets and bracelets power fails her twice in this fight- first in this instance, then when Ollie shoots her in the leg. If the spears were somehow able to penetrate her bracelets, that’s one thing, but why was she positioning herself to allow both arms to be pinned to the wall by her head. Think about that position- it doesn’t work for fighting or deflecting.
Issue 6- the fight.
Prometheus debates with his suit, trying to identify the Shade. Flash, Jay Garrick, a well seasoned veteran hero and speedster, apparently just stands there while Prometheus talks to himself.
Issue 6- D
Donna captures Prometheus, tearing the suit apart in the process. On the very next page, the suit is fully intact.
Freddie Freeman was bound, helpless, his lips wired shut. But the same series that changed his codename to Shazam and gave him the red instead of blue suit established he didn’t need to speak the word aloud anymore to change.
After the scenes establishing it was the modern Firestorm, seeing Jason and Gehenna split by Prometheus, the artist goes right back to drawing the Raymond Firestorm again.
I’ll be generous and put this here rather than under errors. Issue 2, scene 2 Starman vs Congorilla on Blackhawk Island. Congorilla can’t fly or teleport; he has no movement powers at all. He leaves the island with Starman in a Blackhawk plane. How’d he GET there from Africa?
Issue 2, scene 5- as above- we leave Shazam and Atom in Central City. Suddenly, they are in Gotham at the scene of the GA/GL vs random bad guys fight. They knew to go here… how?
Issue 4, scene 2- a running theme. Miss Martian is in a random town house in San Francisco, and Jay Garrick walks up to her. Again, how’s he know where she is? For that matter, what “hunch” of Jay’s sent him zipping all over the country to talk to apparently random heroes?
I know some folks are going to say I’m being picky. You know what? I am. I’m an unpaid amateur, catching all this. Why can the group of paid professionals, who do this for their living, not at the very least catch some of the more glaring mistakes here? I’m also sure that some will come up with explanations for the things I marked “unresolved.” That’s great, but why are we doing the writer’s jobs for them? I did not like Cry for Justice, I don’t pretend I did. The above are a small part of why.