Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Arrow Season 2.5 #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim
Art By: Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 1, 2014

An Explosive Opener

With Arrow coming back to us in October with it's third season, I guess DC decided to try again and capitalize on the popularity of the show and you know what?  That's not a bad thing at all.  Even though the first attempt at an Arrow comic didn't fair too well, I have to say creating a tie-in to the actual series was a stroke of brilliance.  Now only if they'd promote the comic on commercials during Arrow, we'd have ourselves a hit for comic fans and non comic fans alike, who'd want to see a little bit more into the show they enjoy and who don't want to dive into the actual Green Arrow comic itself.  So let's check out this first chapter of Arrow Season 2.5 and see what this next season will have in store for us.

Explain It!:

When the comic begins we have that familiar opener that's in the show, where Oliver tells us who he is and what he does and if you're here then I suspect that you already know the answer to those things and we don't really need to get into it.  The only thing that I will say is that it was really nice having that opener here in comic book form and it really works in tying this to the show.

So our story begins mysteriously six years ago where a teenager named Caleb witnesses his father beating his mother and when he tries to calm his father down, his father yells "He took everything from us, there's nothing!" and then Caleb watches as his father shoot his mother and then turn the gun on himself.  What a way to begin a story huh?  

Back in the preset, Oliver is still cleaning up the streets after his gigantic fight with Deathstroke and his mirakuru army in the season 2 finale, but now that he's in comic book form Roy and him are upping the stakes a notch.  Right from the beginning we see these two grapple on top of a moving plane and while the original plan is for Felicity to hack into their on board computer and remotely take the drug plane down, that's not actiony enough, instead we find out that the wifi is a little spotty, so we have to move to a more direct badass route.  That means Arrow blowing a hole in the side of the plane and then Roy and him going in and taking down numerous armed drug dealers.  It's funny because we see the new boxing glove arrow take someone out and by the sound it makes, Felicity asks if that was the boxing glove arrow, which Oliver replies "Never call it that again".  Ha ha, I love the boxing glove arrow so much and all the jokes that revolve around it.  

In the end Roy gets pissed for Oliver calling him Speedy in the field and then before he can complain about it much more, he takes a bullet to the gut.  Poor Roy then falls out of the plane and we leave with that as our cliffhanger.  

This already seems like a lot of fun and I can really get behind a prepper for the next season of Arrow. The darkness of this issue and Joe Bennett's artwork really makes it feel like part of the show and I dig it.  This is my first shot at doing a digital title, usually Jim takes care of that and I know that these short issues are going to kill me with anticipation from week to week, but so far so good on our trip to a comic book TV land.

Bits and Pieces:

Do you know what's good about this comic?  It actually feels like the show and man was I worried that it wouldn't.  As for the first chapter in a story, it's fast paced action and humor really grabbed me by the boo boo and made quite an impression.  If you're a fan of the show, then this is a must and even if you're curious about it check it out too, because it's cheap and it's a great quick read that will leave you wanting more.


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