Bye

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #29
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

 

Norton’s art has been the lowpoint of this book for all of the Kreisberg run and it doesn’t really improve in what in what I think is Kreisberg’s last issue here. The art made the story muddled and confusing. Did Cupid revert to her normal state because she got shot with the arrow? Is Lt. Hilton now going to be Green Arrow’s Two-Face, but called Hilt? The final page of Speedy saying bye seemed appropriate as Star City is going to get phased into another dimension in Cry for Justice and this takes place before that mini, I imagine Speedy will be taking care of Lian while the city is in a different dimension. The months ahead should be more interesting for this title.

Super-Stalker

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #28
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton and Renato Guedes

 

Too bad this whole storyline hasn’t been hampered by awful horrible art, because when it all comes together here it actually makes Cupid to be a very interesting super villain. A woman given an experimental serum by the military to make her more aggressive has the side-effect of causing her to become incredible violent and obsessive. She is the true Super-Stalker. I like the idea if not the execution. Mike Norton’s art and the inker are just plain awful on this book. I can not wait for it to change.

Back Stories

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #27
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton and Renato Guedes

Norton’s art is better then it has been here but it is still a chore to look at. I did like this issue as we get some backstory on Cupid – apparently she worked for some assassin organization and she wasn’t so crazy before. Interesting. Kreisberg’s run ends in a couple issues so he better explain a lot soon.

Ugly Comic

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #25
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

Co-Feature by Kreisberg
Art by Renato Guedes

This is one ugly book! What has happened to Norton’s art – has the inker changed! I can barely look at this comic. It is awful. In one panel, Dinah’s hair is short and the next it is long! What the hell! We find out that Cupid was a woman who murdered her husband and her real name is Carrie. It was funny to see her kidnapping men and dressing them up like Green Arrow. Other then that there was nothing great about the main feature because I didn’t want to look at it! The Co-Feature is about Speedy telling bedtime story to Lian Harper and it was cute and it was a sight for sore eyes to see Guedes’s art after the horror that was the main feature art.

The Return of Speedy

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #24
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

Meh I really don’t feel like much happened in this issue. But at least we get the return of Speedy! It seemed weird that she was just written out of the book. Maybe Kreisberg felt he needed room to introduce Cupid? I don’t know but she’s back and sporting a black costume. This could be a coloring error because there is no mention of the change by Black Canary when she sees her. Weird. I hope it’s explained soon. Oh and I hate the art in the back-up.

Awkward Marriage

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #23
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

I really like how the co-features in this book are working with the plots tuly overlapping. It made sense since it is about a married couple – of course their lives overlap. The main story was only okay, but the real meat of the issue was the Black Canary back up and her talk with Wildcat. Kreisberg really understands Dinah. I definitely underestimated him at the beginning of his run. He is getting a real handle on her. The art (the inks) on the main story was not too my taste and was just confusing and jarring for a Green Arrow story. I didn’t like the lay out of the panels either. Cupid looks like she is becoming a regular member of the supporting cast, and while I miss Speedy, I don’t mind if Cupid stays around. She is so creepy fun.

Focusing On Dinah

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #22
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

This is probably the best issue since Kreisberg took over the book. I really enjoyed seeing Dinah talking to Wildcat about wanting to be a hero when she grows up in the flashback and all of the main story with Black Canary. Giving so much attention to Dinah kind’ve makes up for his previous issues where he seemed to be turning her into a damsel-in-distress character. The back-up Green Arrows story was very sad. One thing is Dinah’s asking of Ollie to give up being Green Arrows seems so weird and forced. He has only been slightly more violent, why is she acting like this? In fact, he really didn’t do anything violent in this issue. It is odd.

That’s All I Can Say About It

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #21
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

This was good but didn’t really contain a lot of story. The man behind Star City losing sound is of course the new villain Discord and it was interesting to see some of Dinah’s past as it is not something that we see very often. We got a little Green Arrow teaming up with Cupid, who is delightfully nuts. But this still feels very decompressed. Nothing is really accomplished within this issue. I don’t know how Dinah will survive the explosion at the end of this issue but I am sure she will of course. This issue was just okay, and that’s all I can say about it.

Cat Fight Underground

Green Arrow & Black Canary #19
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

That cover, by the way, is hideous.Am I right to assume the guy on the last page is the one teased as the future Black Canary villain? Anyways, this was a decent issue I guess. Black Canary’s way of tricking Cupid was clever and I guess it makes sense for her to be reminded of the times Ollie has cheated on her, but at the same time this is a crazy woman obviously and it is not Ollie’s fault, I don’t think Dinah has any right to be mad at him for it. I also don’t get why Ollie is all of a sudden becoming dark and violent. It doesn’t make sense, there wasn’t any event that caused this in the last few issues, it just came out of no where.

Killing D-Listers

Green Arrow & Black Canary #18
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

I’m sorry but killing off members of Green Arrow’s very limited rogues gallery seem like a pretty awful idea. I get that this Cupid is supposed to be the newest Green Arrow villain but there is no reason to reduce his rogues gallery just to make her look good. Sure they were kindve D-list villains but who knows, some writer could have come along some day and turned them A-List. That bothered me. What also bothered me is Green Arrow being so vicious. I am not going to judge right away cause I imagine Kreisberg has some reason for Ollie acting this way. I also am not sure that Ollie should be able to knock out Dinah that easily, I mean she is a better martial arist then him right? I wish Kreisberg wrote Dinah as a more competent hero that she truly is instead of just as Green Arrow’s trophy wife sidekick.That’s not to say this issue was all bad. Cupid is an interesting villain and I liked the art and the arrow signal, there are just some things Kreisberg needs to improve on. And I bet Winick ain’t too happy he just killed off Brick.

Green Arrow & Black Canary 16 and 17

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Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

In this Face of Evil issue Merlyn assassinates some science geeks in Star City and Green Arrow and Black Canary try to bring him to justice. Kreisberg seems to bringing this series back to street-level crime instead of the monsters and metas that Green Arrow has been rudiculously fighting since Winick took over the book. I like that. But I am not sure how I feel yet about how he writes Dinah. She seems kinda incompetant and a damsel-in-distress here.


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Green Arrow & Black Canary #17
Written by Andrew Kreisberg
Art by Mike Norton

So the girl we were introduced to at the end of last issue is one crazy nutjob. I loved the part where she cuts out the eyes of her hairstylist. I like that kreisberg is building a nice little rogues gallery for Green Arrow within just a few issues. The origins and omens back up even shows that start o someone who I assume will be a villain for Black Canary. I may have spoke too soon about Kresiberg’s treatment of Dinah. As that tables turn this issue with Green Arrow as the “damsel in distress.”


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.