I just wanted to start off by saying Im a huge DC fan. The only other publishers I read are Image, Dark Horse, and Oni Press, though not as much as DC. Not interested in Marvel, except for maybe the X-Men and Fantastic 4 (I have a crush on Sue Storm, dont judge me). Ive been with DC since I could begin reading. Theyre the modern Greek mythology. I love the mythos, the characters, the themes, etc. Hell, Ive forgiven them for many of their worst decisions this century, as hard as I try, like Identity Crisis, Amazons Attack, and even Countdown. But this storyline was the one that nearly got me to abandon them. Cry for Justice and Rise of Arsenal. Where do even begin? Lets start with Cry for Justice. Its bad enough the heroes are a bunch of imbecilic a-holes who have lost the term Justice in their dictionary. Its bad enough the dialogue is some of the worst I've read in any comic book. Its bad enough how Prometheus is an absolute damn moron. But I couldve moved on from all this had it not for Lian Harpers death, the daughter of Arsenal, aka Roy Harper. I mean, because it just had to be tragic, right? Harper losing his arm? Nah. Star City becoming a crater, with a death toll reaching 90,000+, making it 9/11 x 30? Nope, not tragic enough. Lets kill off a beloved child character who had nothing to do with the story just for the sake of shock value. I dont necessarily mind kids being killed off for the sake of a story (I think a part of my soul died writing that) but there needs to be context for that. There needs to be build up, foreshadow, things that have happened to lead into that. Lians only appearance in the series was her corpse. Again, Id accept it if it was handled correctly but they certainly went the opposite direction, if ya asked me! The only reason I could think of for this absolutely reprehensible story decision was because Harper was becoming boring and DC wanted him to revert back to his old days as a crime fighter without any kind of adult responsibilities. THATS MARVELS JOB! And if it couldnt get any worse, Rise of Arsenal comes along. Now, you have a character whos lost a lot. Surely this could be a reflection of grief and how someone copes with tragedy, huh? Too bad! First of all, Harpers friends treat him like a load, not understanding what hes gking through or even giving any kind of try to not be so half-hearted at it, especially when Dick Grayson kicks Harper in the face. Harper aint too good either. I understand what hes going through but he does/says some vile crap in this that are absolutely inexcusable and never once apologizes for them. Ok, he did apologize in a future storyline, but he shouldve expressed remorse here. His friends arent the ones who killed Lian! Speaking of Lian, thank you, DC, for showing us a graphic depiction of her death. Really shows what you think about your fans. All of this, just to make Roy Harper into a cliché, 90s anti-hero *******. Pat yourselves on the back. Oh, yeah, unintentionally funny moments, thinking Lian is a dead cat, murdering bums, everyones a jackass to one another. I cant decide which I hate more. Theyre both equally garbage and deeply unpleasant to read. Theyre not dark and serious; theyre cruel and bitter. They made me give up on DC for 8 years. Only after what I heard about in Convergence, with Lian coming back, and Rebirth being the fresh start DC needed, did I come back. But I will never forget what DC did here.