Green Arrow 11-15

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #11
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Diogenes Neves and Vincent Cifuentes

This issue goes by so fast and not much of interest even happens. I was really dissatisfied with it. Krul is so good on Teen Titans but this issue was a low point for him.

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #12
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Diogenes Neves

The only thing of any consequence in this issue is that we find out Galahad is really just a father who had a psychotic break. Otherwise it is just Green Arrow watching the events of the end of Brightest Day. It is filler material again. Swamp Thing barely makes an appearance despite the cover. Now that the Brightest Day crossover is over I hope this book improves.

 

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #13
Written by James Patrick
Art by Austin Padilla

Now that is more like it. This new creative team had a stellar debut with Green Arrow fighting a right wing Christian terrorist by the name of Rev. Billy Miggs. I love how much Ollie hates this guy. The art was good too.

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #14
Written by James Patrick
Art by Austin Padilla

Green Arrow continues to fight Rev. Billy Miggs who is shown to be way creepier than I thought when he murders a person he is baptizing in front of his congregation. It is quite disturbing and a great new villain for Green Arrow. I also enjoyed Ollie and Bruce’s moments here and how the artist chooses to keep Batman in the shadows. This is a great arc fro this series to end on.

 

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #15
Written by James Patrick
Art by Austin Padilla

This is the final issue of Green Arrow before the New 52 unnecessary reboot. Within its pages, Ollie defeats Rev. Miggs with the help of the army and some trick arrows. It was enjoyable but nothing to get too excited about.

 

 

 

Fantasy Forest

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Green Arrow (Volume 5) #3
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Diogenes Neves

 

Ollie is saved by the forest and white light that heals his wound. We still don’t know who it was that shot him but he finds a new friend in Galahad – apparently a guy from Star City who at the very least believes he is the Galahad of Legend. In a really cool scene the forest goes through all the seasons in moments. Although Star City is in California – so they don’t have seasons right? Oh well we can chalk that one up to it being a magical forest. Meanwhile, we learn about this new Queen’s backstory and how she met and fell in love with Ollie’s father when she was a teenager. I love how they are fleshing out Ollie’s parents cause we really don’t know much about them and Ollie has been around as a comic character for 70 years! I am loving this book still and the art is as breathtaking as always. I wonder where Speedy is though…shouldn’t we at least get a mention of where exactly Ollie’s ward is during all this.

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Green Arrow (Volume 4) #31
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Federico Dellachio

First of all in the Source blog I swore they said this issue was being drawn by the guy who did last issue – guess not. I wish it was but this guy wasn’t bad. Anyways, can I just say that Cry for Justice and Lian Harper’s needless death was the FUCKING DUMBEST THING DC has done in a while. It was awful and took away one of the greatest things about the character of Roy Harper and was the perfect example of Fridging. Green Arrow’s decision to go crazy after it is equally dumb and seemingly comes out of nowhere. This isn’t Ollie at all. Krul went from starting out great on this book to total shit. Barry Allen is acting like a total jerk in this too, since when does he not like Ollie? How would even know to tell Connor Hawke about any of this, he has never met Connor?! Dinah is not talking to Ollie like a wife at all. This issue was weak…really weak. Krul can do better but instead he is stuck with this awful left over plot that makes no sense. It’s awful.

This Blew Me Away

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Black Lantern Green Arrow #30
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Diogenis Nevis

This issue marks Krul’s first issue on this title and already he has improved the book 300%! This was a tremenous issue as we follow Green Arrow stuck as a Black Lantern – and hurting his family members. The things Black Lantern Green Arrow says are downright nasty but they come from inside Ollie’s mind. Does this mean that Ollie really thinks those things? No but everyone has had mean thoughts about people they love and regretted it. I think that is what makes it so powerful. I can’t say enough about how good this is. The art was beautiful! I hope this guy is staying on the book! Speedy is back in her red costume and that makes me happy. Why was she in that black and yellow costume for the last year anyways?! Great stuff and probably one of the best Blackest Night tie-ins there has been.

More Ugly Art

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #26
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton and Renato Guedes

Not going to lie, I have no idea who those guys were at the end of this and why they are putting Everyman in as Green Arrow again or what not. Was it even Everyman? We never saw any proof of that. This storyline is already annoying and we are only one issue in. The art in this issue was just awful. Why can’t this book get good art? Both Norton and Guedes are better artists then this crap. This book has just gone down hill.

Colorists Suck Sometimes

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #15
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

Andrew Kreisberg begins his run on this series, and unlike his work on Batman Confidential, I was pretty damn impressed. He starts out the issue making it look like Dinah is the damsel in distress, but then shows she has had the upper hand the whole time. One thing Winick often forgot was this series is about Dinah as much as Ollie, and I think Kreisberg really remembers it here. The art, I was not so impressed with. Norton’s work here is subpar and the coloring was just awful. People’s hair color changes from red to blonde to red. Connor and Roy have black hair in one scene! And Roy has the wrong costume. Mia was never Speedy at the time Roy had that late nineties Arsenal costume! That being said,  I did like the trip down memory lane. I don’t know how I feel about Connor and Mia leaving. I did like the whole condoms joke though, that made me smile. So far, so good with Kreisberg.

Green Arrow & Black Canary 5 – 14

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #5
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Andre Coelho

Get me my damn bow…awesome line. This was another good issue of this series, a series which has been a vast improvement since the relaunch. Green Arrow and Black Canary get married for real in a small ceremony this issue while Ollie grieves over his brain dead. I liked all the flashback explaining that Ollie knew about Connor all these years. I know that Connor is going to be back, but this was still a heartwarming issue.

 

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #6
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Cliff Chiang

As they continue their hunt for Connor this issue I find myself really enjoying Winick’s dialogue. The banter between Black Canary and Green Arrow is fantastic and fits the character’s perfectly, which is something Winick usually doesn’t excel at. I like how he doesn’t write Dinah as being a damsel-in-distress, she is just as capable a hero as Ollie. As for those aliens, I wasn’t expecting that either.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #7
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

So the aliens turn out to be guys in costumes in a rather amusing scene where Green Lantern shows up Ollie. But the part where the Arrow team threatens the thugs with a clown and an old lady just seemed weird and out of the blue?! Didn’t really make sense character-wise.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #8
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Umm….all I can say is hell ya it’s Plastic Man! Anytime he is in a comic it is good in my eyes. (Except for that stupid Kyle Baker series, I prefer my Plas in continuity) and this was a decent issue. Still feels like this story has gone on forever.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #9
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Now one book I wouldn’t mind Winick writing at all is a Plastic Man book, he does have a knack for one-liners and that is what Plas is all about. Gosh every second he is “on screen” I love it. What a great character…okay that’s enough gushing over Plastic Man. This was an okay issue, but not much happened, a lot of fighting. Pretty standard stuff.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #10
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Eh another okay issue with more fighting the League of Assassins who may not actually be the League of Assassins. Batman shows his badassness in this issue and Plas is always fun but otherwise really this story is taking too long.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #11
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Finally we get some movement on this story after a couple of issues of just fighting. It looks like Shado is behind everything and it is good to see Winick dipping into Green Arrow history and using her.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #12
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Ummmmm yaaaaaa what the fuck was this issue. This was the dumbest writing I have ever read in comics. How exactly is Connor just okay now? Why did Doctor Sivana even want Green Arrow dead? Have they even met before? This makes no sense. I really think Winick was just making this up as he went along and just wanted to use Sivana because he uses him in everything he writes. Seriously, after this issue, I am ultra glad Winick is leaving this book. What an awful waste of a year-long story arc.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #13
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

The pain that was the year long arc of the search for Connor still looms over this title but this was the best issue in a while. Dodger and Speedy’s first date was heartwarming and made me actually like the character of Dodger. As for Connor, something isn’t quite right with him and he seems to have a little bit of Plas’s powers or something. Hmmm….I just hope he is not a clone or something. Guess we will find out next issue.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #14
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

This is really the end of an era for Green Arrow. This is Winick’s last issue and Winick has been writing the character for five years straight. To be honest, while there was some good stuff, most of his run was rather bland so I can’t wait to see how the next writer does. It was time for Winick to move on. Despite the whole thing with Connor being so ridiculous, I do like that he does not remember how to be an archer because now it makes the character more unique in a world full of superhero archers. Which is the perfect time for Winick to leave, on something good he did for the Green Arrow mythos.

Action Comics 860 – 871

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

While I am more familiar with the threeboot legion, it is still cool to see all of the original Legionnaires come back and I can’t even comprehend the excitement of the fans of those characters while reading this. This was a fantastic issue for fans and newbies alike. Check it out. Frank’s art is amazing.

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Action Comics #861
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

Another fine issue of Action Comics. There were a lot of fantastic moments, I liked the foreshadowing of the Crisis of the 31st century and all that stuff. Frank’s art is beautiful and perfect for the Legion. I am really getting into all these characters, many of whom I am meeting for the first time. Eye-Full Ethel is hilarious. Is that a new character? I will have to find out.

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Action Comics #862
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

I am now in love with the Legion of Subsitute Heroes. What a fascinating bunch…from Chlorphyll Kid’s belief in talking to plants to Rainbow Girl’s mood swings they are a lot of fun to read about. As for the main plot, I really hope Superman gives Earth-Man a good ass whooping.

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Action Comics #863
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

While this arc was a little long, it was a lot of fun. This was a great conclusion. Superman kicks Earth-Man’s ass and tells the xenophobic humans he is for everyone. And the ending flashback was so heartwarming. Great stuff Johns!

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Action Comics #864
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Joe Prado

This story really set everything up for Legion of Three World and for fans of the DC Universe, it is very exciting. Batman and Lightning Lad play off each other well. I like the tie-in to Countdown with Karate Kid and Una whom I had forgotten even died. This was a great issue with great use of continuity.

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Action Comics #865
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jesus Merino

This issue focuses on Superman’s famous villian, the Toyman and in perfect Johns fashion, explains away basically all the changes and continuity glitches about the character. Apparently all the different Toymen, even the Hiro one, were just robots created by Winslow Schott. As usual, it’s perfect and I can’t believe no one has thought about this before. Johns is a genius! Toyman may come off as someone who was taken advantage of and someone who does care for children in this issue, but Johns shows with the ending that he is still a deeply disturbed individual. I loved how Toyman doesn’t want to go to Arkham because he doesn’t want to be associated with Batman’s villains. Great issue.

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Action Comics #866
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

Johns is really doing a lot to revitalize everything about Superman’s world. Everything from his villains to the Daily Planet staff is being fleshed out and made better. This arc is going to revitalize Brainiac and it looks like it is working. He is certainly creepier then ever here. But my favorite parts of this issue were at the Daily Planet and the interaction with the staff. The Superman books are the best they have been since I started reading comics thanks to Johns.

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Action Comics #867
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

Frank’s art really makes this issue. There were some fantastic moments because of his art. I especially like his design for Branianc’s Robots. Supergirl’s revelation about Brainiac is similar to Toyman and how most Braniac’s that Superman has met are just probes and not the real Brainiac. In fact, Superman has never met the real Brainiac. One thing I am confused about is how Supergirl’s parents remember Kandor disappearing but over in Superman and the New Krypton storyline they are in Kandor. Hmmm…I bet this will be explained though. Oh and what about the Kandor that Supergirl visited with Ultraman, is that not the real Kandor?

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Action Comics #868
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank
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Superman comes face to face with the real Brainiac in this issue and he is one scary mother fucker. So he basically takes a sample of a culture and destorys the rest, so I wonder if he is responsible for Krypton’s destruction. I wish Johns’s run wasn’t so focused on Krypton as I always preferred the Post-Crisis Superman who considers himself to be a human thing but this is good writing and good story-telling so I can’t complain. The whole thing with the Kents seems a little forced though, what is it that made them think this thing with Brainiac was any different? Nothing really.

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Action Comics #869
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

So the stuff with Supergirl’s parents is explained in this issue and in a way that harkens back to the pre-crisis idea that Argo City survived the initial destruction of Krypton. As for Metropolis, it looks like it has become a bottled city. Oh and I was right, Brainiac is responsible for Krypton’s destruction! Good guess on my part. Kudos to me haha.

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Action Comics #870
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank

While the conclusion to this arc was action-packed and awesome, I am not too saddened by the death of Jonathan Kent. The fact of the matter is he died the same way in Superman: The Movie and in Smallville so I have seen it before and I really don’t care. I don’t really get why things have to be like the Donner movie, a movie that my generation doesn’t even remember. Although, it doesn’t matter to me if he is alive or not, at least it fit in this story. As for the New Krypton stuff to come, we will see how that goes, I don’t know how I feel about it yet.

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Action Comics #871
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Pete Woods

This is part 4 of the New Krypton Storyline that began in the New Krypton special, then continued here, and in the Guardian Special. I wasn’t really looking forward to this storyline but so far it has been a blast! The scene of all the Kryptonians taking out Doomsday on the moon was fantastic and I think that it really shows the strength of artist Pete Woods. Sam Lane doesn’t look like a total bad guy here as it makes sense that there should be some defense in case the Kryptonians go rogue. I love how he shot Luthor is the shoulder when he mentioned Lois. Wasn’t expecting that. As for the Kryptonian Nightwing and Flamebird, I really hope they show them interacting with our Nightwing and Flamebird. That would be interesting. Oh and Doomsday deserved to die just for fucking with Connor’s statue alone.

Green Arrow/Black Canary 1 – 4

Green Arrow And Black Canary #1
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Cliff Chiang

Wow! That was awesome! What an improvement from Winick’s previous Green Arrow series. Adding Black Canary to the mix may just be what Winick needed to jump start his Green Arrow run. Oh and not to mention the awesome artwork of Chiang. I loved it! I am not surprised that Ollie is still alive and that it was Everyman that Dinah killed in the Wedding Special but it doesn’t matter the dialogue and action in this issue was top notch. I loved how Black Canary kicked major ass and how Batman was the only one who believed her (Batman is always right people, and he is always more right than Hal Jordan)

Green Arrow And Black Canary #2
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Cliff Chiang

Winick proves that he will continue to make this run better than his last on Green Arrow with this issue. It lived up to the first issue with great dialogue and action and the art was still fantastic. It makes sense that Athena would chose Dinah to train the new amazons too. She is one of the strongest females (not literally but mentally and emotionally) in the DC Universe.Green Arrow And Black Canary #3
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Cliff Chiang

Holy shit! They better not kill Connor Hawke. Winick has been killing too many characters lately (the Titans East special pissed me off) and Connor better not be one of them. Besides that shocking ending, this was another great issue. I loved how Everyman screwed up the plans just because he could not perform sexually with Black Canary (Hilarious) and I loved the ending when Ollie is telling them all how much he loves them. The Arrow Family is definitely one of the best superhero families in the DC Universe. As Long as Connor survives…..


Green Arrow And Black Canary #4
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Cliff Chiang

Well, you know, I really could have hated this issue but it was done really well. The idea of Connor being in a coma is a good idea. It keeps Winick from writing two Green Arrows at once but at the same time keeping Connor alive for future writers to use if they so wish. I also found the ending to be really sweet where Ollie admits he’s known all along that Connor was his son and him telling Connor that “Daddy is here” made me very sad. It was great to see the League come to support Ollie, especially Batman who knows what it feels like to lose a “son”.

Birds of Prey 108 and 109

Birds of Prey #108
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott

Gail Simone’s final issue on this title is a tear jerker. You really feel that the writer is saying goodbye to her characters this issue. I don’t even know how to explain how good this issue is. Just read it. Characters from Simone’s entire run come back to defend Oracle against Spy Smasher. The “core team” cries together as they say their goodbyes and we find out who Misfit really is. It was amazing. Gail, thanks for making Birds of Prey a great read through your entire run.

Birds of Prey #109
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Nicola Scott

Bedard begins his fill-in run with this issue. This was a very enjoyable read that I believe lives up to what Simone has done with this book. Oracle and Black Canary discuss the Green Arrow-Black Canary relationship and I like how Oracle basically says she shouldn’t marry him. It was a nice way of looking back at each character’s histories. There were some major continuity error though, the use of the Ventriloquist when Batgirl was around (he didn’t come about until after she was crippled) and the mention that Connor’s mother was Shado. Shado was not Connor’s mother. Other than those errors, this was a great issue. My personal favorite about it must have been Big Barda playing with Pokemon Cards! Oh and this tied into Countdown perfectly.

Will She Say Yes Or No?

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #75
Written by Judd Winick
Art and Cover by Scott McDaniel

This is it, the final issue of Green Arrow Volume 3. It began with Kevin Smith and then Brad Meltzer, but the majority of this volume has been written by Judd Winick. In the end, I would have to say Winick’s run was lackluster. Unfortunately, when the book launches as Green Arrow/Black Canary, Winick will still be writing. Hopefully he can up his game a bit then. I am excited for the Black Canary/Green Arrow wedding and after so many years of on-and-off again I am hoping that the wedding will go smoothly. These two really belong together. This issue was actually quite boring until the very end and the Justice League’s appearence was a bit pointless. Please DC, don’t put McDaniel on the new series. I can not stand his art.

Lovers Reunite

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #74
Written by Judd Winick
Art and Cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens


This is a controversial issue of Green Arrow because of the renewed relationship between Dinah (Black Canary) and Ollie (Green Arrow). I know that a lot of people seem to think that it is unreasonable for Dinah and Ollie to get back together since their relationship has never worked in the past because of Ollie’s immaturity. But I mean come on, it is Dinah and Ollie, they are meant for each other. The banter between them is great this issue. How they go from screaming at each other to kissing is amazing. It feels right and this is coming from someone who has been reading comics since after they broke up and doesn’t remember them being together (accept for the brief time at the beginning of the series). I am really happy to see them. Oh and how they stay in bed for what days is hilarious. I can’t wait to see them get hitched. Besides that, the art is actually decent in some parts of this issue which is a rare thing for me to say about Scott McDaniel. And I love how the Arrow family really works together this issue. Green Arrow has built a great superhero “family” of his own.

Green Arrow 71 – 73

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #71
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

So it looks like Batman and Green Arrow were just being played…distracted so Jason Todd’s (Or in the words of Green Arrow “The guy who used to run around in short pants with Bruce.”) lackeys could kidnap Speedy. While I am still not a fan of McDaniel’s art, this was a pretty good issue.

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #72
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens


Winick is probably the most inconsistent comic writer ever. Sometimes I yawn at his issues, and other times he wows me. This was a wow, a big wow. He managed to combine action with lots of good old banter and talking in a perfect way. Fans of drama and fans of action will both get their kicks from this issue. The scene with Green Arrow and Batman in the batmobile gave me goosebumps. It was just that good. Highly reccomended. (On a sidenote: I definitely think Batman is in the right there)


Green Arrow (Volume 3) #73
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

So from the looks of it, Ollie’s tenure as mayor of Star City is coming to an end and for all the wrong reasons. It has been exposed that he has been funding the Outsiders and for some reason (that will be explained in the upcoming Outsiders Annual) they are not popular with the public right now. So a recall has been called on Mayor Oliver Queen and Ollie struck a deal with the upcoming new mayor that he would take a dive as long as that mayor kept the funding on all the programs that help the city. Okay now that I have finished summarizing the plot, you are probably wondering was it good. Well, yes it was. And it is sad that this series is starting to get really good just as it is ending. Oh and the last page surprise was awesome. (Yes, I am an Ollie and Dinah Fan despite that fact that they have never been together in all the time I have been reading comics)

Proof That Art Can Ruin Good Writing

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #68
Written by Judd Winick
Art and Cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

This was a pretty good issue. I enjoyed the writing, just not the art. In fact, I despised the art. This issue would have been perfect if it was not for the horrible art. I mean take a good look at Mia in this issue, what in god’s name is that. That’s not Mia. She looks like a freaking monster. The writing was great, I love Ollie’s monologue that focuses on his origin story, and I love the reasoning for Connor and Mia not returning to Star City. It makes perfect sense and I am suprised that I never though of it before. Judd is really thinking this whole Ollie as a politician thing through. Oliver Queen’s relationship with Mia would definitely hurt him an election. People would think it was odd that the candidate was living with an HIV infected ex-hooker and won’t see it in a positive light. Would have been a great issue, if it weren’t for the damn art.

Green Arrow 64 – 67

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #64
Written by Judd Winick

Art by Scott McDaniel

The art on this series still bugs me but I must say I really enjoyed this issue. I love the dialogue between Brick and Green Arrow. It is well written. It turns out Star City is being overrun by drugs that turn people to crazy zombie-like creatures. Like a shot that gives people rabies. Pretty cool concept, not entirely original, but oh well.


Green Arrow (Volume 3) #65
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Scott McDaniel

Another good issue. I am glad to have Speedy back. I always liked her. And I loved the part with the political talk show. I imagine if you are a conservative you might not like this book but oh well, Ollie is a liberal, always has been. Conservative readers better get used to it. I look forward to seeing what happened in the missing year next issue.

Green Arrow (Volume 3) #66
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens

Okay I don’t know why, but the art is terrible this issue. The faces are drawn so weird and ugly. I mean take a good look at Mia when she first appears, that is not what Mia should look like. I did not like this art. I did like the plot though, Green Arrow bringing the best of the best to train him and his “family” is totally in character and I love it. When he returns to Star City, he will be a force to reckon with. I am not sure if this jives with what is going on in 52 with Green Arrow. I will have to see if it does. It should though, considering that you would think Winick would communicate with the writers of 52.


 


Green Arrow (Volume 3) #67

Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens


The art gets back to normal this issue, not quite as goofy. The story continues to impress me and you gotta love the ending. That little annoying assassin guy is great villain, Winick makes sure the reader really hates him. You can sympathize with Connor’s concern over that guy training Ollie. It was also good to see Mia’s HIV acknowledged in a positive manner. It was nice to see that she is doing okay.