Art By: Daniel Sampere, Jonathan Glapion, Gabe Eltaeb
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 4, 2015
The Kingdom Strike's Back
After Oliver finds out that John King had it arranged that Felicity be remanded to a Supermax that holds the most dangerous super criminals on the west coast, he quickly comes up with a rescue plan and has Steve Trevor do him a solid and sneak him in with this clearance. Now Oliver has three minutes to get in and get her out and for a bit it looked like that might be a problem because Felicity's roommate is someone she's screwed over in the past and that person happens to be Cheetah. Really this part of the book is so cool that I think it's worth the cover price alone. Plus, with Oliver doing a actual jailbreak, it kind of solidifies Felicity's place on the team. A lot of action, a lot of gratitude and just Green Arrow kicking ass.
In the end, John King tries to reason with his recently reacquired daughter Mia Dearden, but it looks like King might toss her to the curb in the future because after his whole speech about how the sick and injured are a burden on the community, we find out that Mia can't catch a break in any Universe because she says that she's sick too and since she was HIV positive in the old continuity, I have to assume she is here too. Don't worry though folks, this issue ends on a high note because while Oliver was pulling his jail break, Diggle was going through Green Arrow's rolodex......... Do people still know what a rolodex is? Diggle went through Green Arrow's contacts and called in some reinforcements so that the good guys could actually go up against John King and his army of subjects. I can't wait for next issue.
That's it for this issue of Green Arrow and while I really enjoyed this issue it seems like this deconstruction of Green Arrow by taking away his friends and money has already been done before. Even with what feels like a repeat, this issue was really enjoyable due to the jailbreak and the revelation that Oliver has himself a good assortment of super friends....... You know, not including the Justice League of America or the Justice League United........ Maybe revelation was a stretch, but it was sure as hell cool seeing everyone there at the end willing to lend a hand. In the past I've had issues with some of Daniel Sampere's art but here everything looked great and I have nothing negative to say about it at all. So yeah, a fun adventurous issue that looked awesome and ends on a cliffhanger that promises bad ass things to come. See you next month where we end this story and this creative team's run.
Bits and Pieces:
I had a lot of fun with this issue and it's balls to the wall approach of excitement. Things get bad for Oliver here but as we go into the final issue of this creative team's run next month, this seems like a turning point to try and get Green Arrow fun again and I'm all for that. Just a good time all around as we get hyped up by this cliffhanger for the conclusion to Kingdom. Check it out.