Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artists: Eleonora Carlini, Carlos Rodriguez and Gus Vasquez
So we begin right where we left off last issue with Black Canary retrieving the fake green arrow that was used to frame Oliver. In order to do so she has to go undercover as a cop to take it out of evidence lockup. Right when she finds it and then she sends an image to Diggle, she gets called to go after the Green Arrow. Meanwhile Oliver is surrounded by a stadium of angry people who believe he just shot and killed a star football player. Oliver points out to everyone that it was in fact the archer that can be spotted in the rafters of the stadium.
Let’s do this…
Oliver chases after the mystery archer, who continues to kill people in his way with green arrows.
Once a hero, always a hero…
Now the police and undercover Black Canary make their way to the roof and surround Oliver and Merlyn. Oliver gives Canary the signal and after the police chief realizes his stupidity, she does a little canary cry throwing everyone off guard. So Merlyn takes his chance and shoots an arrow towards the chief. But this wouldn’t be a superhero comic without a hero saving the day. Which is exactly what Oliver does by throwing himself in front of the arrow. This gives Merlyn enough time to shoot a rope arrow into the blimp and fly off. The police chief is all confused about Green Arrow sacrificing himself for him. Guess Green Arrow’s not the bad guy after all Seattle!
As much as I enjoyed this issue, story wise it felt like recycled material. I almost thought Green Arrow and Merlyn would have faced off right on top of the flying blimp! I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue because I’m curious to see the aftermath of this arc. Will Seattle still be a little iffy about Green Arrow? Or will they see him as a hero? Also the art was great. It has definitely gotten better the last couple issues. Just a little bit more detail here and there makes all the difference and that difference was achieved.
Rating: Blessing ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
Brandon Reid | NCR