Art By: Fabrizio Fiorentino, Federico Dallocchio, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 9, 2015
Even though it looked like Oliver might escape the cult and maybe do a little sneaky sneaky to get back in the complex to find George in the last issue, it looks like he was immediately recaptured and maybe that's not a bad thing because they throw him in a cell with George........... who I was starting to think was one dead dog because we haven't seen shit of him since the first issue to this story arc. While I may have had thoughts about George burying a bone in the great beyond, that idea didn't come off as crazy to me as the one presented right in the beginning of this book, where it looks like Green Arrow is in love with Tarantula. Not only did the two pretty much just meet, but she just betrayed his ass in the previous issue and here we have our Emerald Asshole talking nonsense like love. I'm sorry Ollie, I just don't think you're responsible enough to be a superhero anymore because your emotions are apparently that of a Junior High School-er. Let's talk about another form of love for a second because it's in this issue that we finally get the backstory to Jefe and what made him the Day of the Dead emulating, bone loving, cartel leader he is today.
We move back in time and see that Jefe was once just a grunt, doing whatever one does when making heroin and crystal meth and because of his vocation, he somehow poisoned his semon, making his son die at childbirth. Because of his toxic cum, obviously his wife left him and without any other options, Jefe goes to a relic depicting the ancient god of death: Ah Puch and prays for the god to bring his son back. Which he does, through the form of those deathshead moths we've seen throughout this story arc. It's also through this god that Jefe finds the power in bones.......... which really just seems to be something that Ah Puch was all about because besides for the kid being brought back to life, I didn't see any of this so called power that's supposed to be in these bones.... Just Jefe killing his enemies and making some weird ass furniture. So that's the deal. Bones have power and Jefe needs to make a sacrifice with someone with powerful bones on the Day of The Dead to keep his little boy alive........ See, now that's love.
In the end, Tarantula realizes that leaving Green Arrow the way she did was a dick move and comes to the rescue. With her intervening the way she did, I guess Jefe ran out of time to make his sacrifice and his son started spewing maggots out of all his holes. With his son now truly dead, Jefe goes and denounces his death god.
........ which instantly calls in those moths and they have themselves a feast with Jefe's skin. So the day is saved and apparently even though they don't know each other at all, Tarantula is all about Ollie the way he's into her and I'm left wondering if I've gotten this whole love thing wrong my entire life.
That's it for this issue to Green Arrow and even though I haven't liked anything that we've gotten from Ben Percy's run, I have to admit that this was probably the best issue that we've gotten so far. Yeah, it spends most of the issue just trying to tie up loose ends, but I appreciated the backstory to Jefe, even if it started with poison splooge. I'm still not certain what George and that weird ass backstory of his that we saw in the first issue of this story arc has to do with him and Ollie being Outsiders or what sacrificing both Ollie and George would do..... since Jefe was originally just after George, but like I said, this is still the best issue. It looked great, we had Green Arrow actually in costume which has been something of a rarity to see in this run and we had a decent enough backstory for this strange ass villain. Even with my misunderstanding about what this bone power is or how it works, the biggest problem that I had with this issue is Oliver and Tarantula's love for one another out of nowhere. Is that a Day of The Dead tradition for strangers to fall in love? No idea, but I'll continue to stress, this is the best issue we've gotten so far and even though it's not perfect, it's still such a nice surprise to not hate this series.
Bits and Pieces:
Our Bone Cult story is over and even though we had some decent backstory explaining what the hell was going on in this story arc, I still can't call myself a fan. This is definitely the best issue that we've gotten of Green Arrow with this writer's run, but the fact that love seems to be in the air in this issue out of nowhere, leaves me scratching my head. The book looked great though and I'm just happy as hell to get Ollie away from this Bone Cult........... even if it means we have to head into werewolf biker gang territory........ Green Arrow has gotten weird.