Thursday, March 5, 2015

Green Arrow #40 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski
Art By: Daniel Sampere, Daniel Henriques, Gabe Eltaeb
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 4, 2015

Kingdom Come, An Arrow To The Bum

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of Green Arrow, we had an action packed jail break after Felicity Smoak went and got herself arrested and almost became Cheetah's bitch......... Well, Cheetah was going to kill her in the Super Max she was imprisoned in but a boy can dream can't he?  After Oliver went in and broke our techno guru out, it was time to take the fight to John King himself and Diggle being freaking awesome went and invited some guests to help out our Emerald Archer and the lineup was bad ass.  I'm talking Luthor, Batman, Arsenal, Katana, the list goes on and on. It wasn't all superhero team up bad assness though, King had gotten his hands on his daughter Mia and her fate is still left unknown.  So let's check out the final installment to "The Kingdom" and see if our archer hero can take back his city from this would be king.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with our group of heroes storming John King's business building in an attempt to find incriminating evidence against him.  It is a lot of fun to read but just the idea that all of this story boils down to a group of our favorite heroes storming a building and taking out any security that's in their way comes off a little lackluster.  John King is supposed to be a serious big bad that doesn't have gimmicks, or super villain tropes aside from him considering himself "The King" and anyone who works for him "his subjects" but here it seems all it takes to bring him to justice is to get into his building and hack into his server to find out all the wrongs he's done.  I would think that after doing this whole "King" thing for so long that he might have been a little more clever than to leave his criminal fingerprint up in the cloud.  That's just me though, let's move on.

So Green Arrow and friends storm the building and Felicity hacks in and downloads all the information that will damn John King, but before we can have our selves a spandex clad victory dance, Oliver's ex-girlfriend Zehra who's recently become a "subject" herself comes in and tells Oliver that King demands that he bring Felicity's hard drive to him or he'll kill his daughter Mia.  Well that's not going to fly and Oliver being the overconfident hero that he is goes in and has his final confrontation with King.  All actually seems like it's going well for our hero until Mia shoots him in the back and it comes off  like King was finally able to turn his daughter to the dark side.  Don't worry though folks it was all a ruse to get King to drop his guard because Mia knew that Oliver wore kevlar.  So Green Arrow takes down King and the evidence they illegally collected is able to put John King away and smear his name all over the news.

In the end, Mia moves in with Oliver and we're not given anymore information about how she's sick or what she has but I guess that's something we'll look into more in June.  So we've got Mia now on team Arrow and Felicity turns down a job with ARGUS so she too can join team Arrow full time.  All's well that ends well and our Emerald Archer's team has just grown as he gets back to business protecting his city.

That's it for this issue of Green Arrow and I don't know if this was always supposed to be concluded here or if the creators had to rush things because of Convergence......... which doesn't really make much sense because everyone knew that something was coming, but this finale just comes off rushed and every step of the way it seemed like John King was a criminal mastermind and to have him simply defeated by Felicity hacking his hard drive comes off really anticlimactic.  I guess when you get that many heroes trying to take down one guy, it should be pretty easy but it just came off too easy.........If that makes sense.  The art in this book though is the strongest it's been during this creative teams run and I'm sorry to see it leave because it looks like it just would have become better and better.  See you all in June when we check out the new creative team on Green Arrow and we find out where they'll take our Emerald Archer next.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue was certainly fun with all it's guest stars, it comes off as a bit of a cop out for being a finale to a story line that's had the villain winning in every single scenario. After everything that our heroes have been through in trying to take down John King, it all just gets wrapped up easily here and comes off rushed.  The art though was the best I've seen it from this creative team's run and it makes me wish we could see more of it in June.  

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