Green Arrow #43 Review

Written by Julie Benson & Shawna Benson
Art by Javier Fernandez
Colors by John Kalisz
Letters by Deron Bennett

The Citizen knows what’s best for the people, or so he says.

With a new psycho on the loose claiming to know what’s best for the city of Seattle and putting the law into his own hands, Green Arrow or better yet, Oliver Quinn looks to be his next target. Although Citizen seems to be a new character, this story doesn’t really seem fresh or even unique. The plot device of a rich and “dirty” political figure with his own personal agenda being used to set an example of is nothing new to the comic book world. It’s most likely just being used as a safe way to get the Benson’s feet going, but what was suppose to be the bigger shocker of this issue, the ending, just missed its mark due to it just being too predictable.

Three issues ago was the introduction to this creative team with Green Arrow Annual 2. The issue was a bit campy and a little cheesy, but the story was fun and the connection to No Justice helped. The Benson’s writing here did not read like the annual did. With the subject matter of this story, this book should have had a feeling of darkness, but never once did I feel that until the ending panels. The jokes unfortunately didn’t hit right, and there was a panel with Black Canary at one point that made no sense, as if it had been edited in after the fact. The art was not the greatest in this issue, it gave off a mix feeling with what the tone of the issue was suppose to be.

The redeemable moment of this issue was the seeds being planted for Heroes in Crisis with the ties to Sanctuary. DC is bringing each of its books back into the a consistent continuity that flows together. Last week in Flash 51 even Doomsday Clock Sanctuary was mentioned. Roy seems to have a lot on his chest, but Sanctuary is helping him in some sort of way. With the current solicits, Green Arrow #45 is set to be a Heroes in Crisis tie-in in two months. With what past issues of various titles have told us, as well as previous solicitations, Wally West will be a focus of the Crisis with a main focus on Harley Quinn and Booster Gold. It will be interesting to see what comes of Roy Harper in the upcoming event.


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