Thursday, March 17, 2016

Green Arrow #50 Review and *SPOILERS*

Blood, Sweat and Tears...... Mostly Blood Though..... and Some Tears

Written By: Ben Percy
Art By: Szymon Kudranski, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 16, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

So Green Arrow's a werewolf....... and he's fighting a biker gang of werewolves as well as taking on a group of white supremacists, who watched Point Break one too many times and who don't want any filthy werewolves living in their city......... Pretty much, everyone is a bad guy in this scenario because no one's rooting for a bunch of KKK rejects, even though they kind of have a decent stance in my opinion because really.......... I wouldn't want a bunch of people eating werewolves living in my city either......... but you can't say that because you can never be on the side of bigoted douchebags, but really, using werewolves as your bone of contention just isn't the way to go in my mind.......... because they're goddamned werewolves!  Anyway, let's jump into this over-sized issue and see if Green Arrow can overcome his wolfy ways and somehow bring some optimism to this title because right now it's bleak as hell.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue actually begins with a really cool and interesting twist on this whole wereworlf/warg scenario that we've been dealing with and it has to do with our main big bad warg Marrock, who now that he's been broken out of prison by The Patriots, because they needed a big bad warg on the outside so that they can continue to look like heroes in the public's eye, Marrock breaks into a blood donation center and forces the proprietor to start taking his blood and selling it to hospitals......... because if he doesn't, Marrock will go all werewolf on his ass.  It's a cool twist on this story that reminds me of The Incredibles, where Syndrome says "When everyone is super, then no one is" and it works great here because we've got these wargs that are hated, but if they start making everyone in Seattle wargs, then who is there to hate?

While this is all going down, Oliver is trying go figure out why there's a gigantic warg outbreak in the city and while he's at it, he's a gigantic dick to Fyff even though this pudgy nerd not only came up with a insulin rig to make sure that Oliver was regularly getting his wolf suppressant, but also modified one of those racist robots from the first story arc of this run to be a surveillance drone for Green Arrow........... even though the things in the first story arc looked to me to be the size of a Voltswagon Bug with tentacles and that description to me doesn't exactly scream stealth, but fuck it, we'll go with it.  So yeah, Fyff is the goddamn man here and Oliver's being a big bag of dicks, but the two put their heads together and figure out that these two bit blood donation centers are the best bet in finding their foe because the city is having a blood shortage and the hospitals are just buying up everything these vampire shops have.  We also find out from the security drone, that the guy behind these blood shops is a bit of a vampire himself in that he's a hundred and thirty years old and he's prolonging his life by constantly giving himself blood transfusions, but strangely, this Jeffery Paragon has nothing to do with our Warg story, but has hired Deathstroke to seek out a character who I've never heard of before called Doctor Miracle.  Apparently this miracle man goes all over the world, wherever disease is rampant and he simply grosses me out because we see that he can heal disease by injecting his own blood into you........... and that's just some skeevy shit right there that I don't want any parts of....... just let me die Doctor Miracle because that shit's gross.

In the end, the Warg's blood tampering is shut down by The Patriots and Green Arrow, Emiko and George follow Deathstroke to Africa because of the intel they collected from his meeting with Mr. Paragon, but it's hard to put one over on old Slade and the Terminator shoots Ollie's jet down and strands our hero in Africa, surrounded by a bunch of gun toting natives........... if that wasn't enough, it seems that Seattle has done lost it's mind because to fix the warg problem, the city has decided that the best course of action is to round up all the people infected and place them into concentration camps........... good times.

That's it for this issue of Green Arrow and even though I haven't been a fan of this run of our character.......... like at all, I do have to admit that I did enjoy the added development here of the wargs infecting everyone with tainted blood transfusions.  It's just a cool, smart way to tell the type of injustice story that Ben Percy is going for, but even with my enjoyment of that aspect to the book, it doesn't help that for a story that felt like it was winding down to add a shit ton of more developments and characters.  I know this is an over-sized issue, but goddamn there's a lot going on in this book and having the answer to our heroes' woes being solved by intel that was collected strictly to keep busy seems a little too convenient to me, but overall it isn't terrible and I actually found myself surprised that I was enjoying this issue as much as I was.  The biggest problem that this issue and the rest of this run has is that Green Arrow isn't a likable character anymore.  He spends most of the time from issue to issue just being a big bag of dicks and not really doing any superhero-ing.  As for the art, I don't know if I'm just getting used to it more, like I am the story, but I found myself really enjoying it as well because the style really suits this dark tone that the book is going for and even though Oliver isn't likable anymore, he sure does look good.

Bits and Pieces:

We continue our Warg/Patriots story here and add a shit ton more as Green Arrow tries to find a solution to his werewolf problem.  While I'm still not a fan of this arc, I do have to admit that some of the developments in this story are really clever and add a whole new dynamic to the problems that our hero is facing.  Also, the dark tone of the book is perfectly brought to life by the style the art takes and while I'm still not a fan of this Green Arrow, I found myself enjoying this issue more than I have most others.

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