Thursday, October 2, 2014

Arrow Season 2.5 #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu
Art By: Joe Bennett, Craig Veung
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 29, 2014

The Man Behind The Mask

If you've been following the Arrow Season 2.5 story line then this won't do you any good, but this is my recap time and I'm going to use it.  When last we stepped into the world of Arrow we were desperately waiting for Season 3 to begin on TV, but we also saw that Roy was severely injured by gunfire when Oliver and him took down a drug smuggling plane.  It also seems that Detective Lance has been in a coma since the Season 2 finale and even though we saw him die by Ravager's blade, it seems that Brother Blood is alive and well and recruiting homeless off the streets to join his secret army.  Yeah things could be better for Ollie right now and couple all that with the fact that he doesn't have any money anymore, I would say that our Emerald Archer could really use a hug.  So let's jump into this issue and see what's going down in Starling City.

Explain It!:

Our story begins and confuses me instantly on where Starling City is actually located.  Well I could just be confused on where anything is located within the DC Universe, because they haven't put out a official map yet, no matter how many times I yell at complete strangers at the bar about it.  But anyway it seems that Diggle is on his way to Bludhaven to pick up that month's supply of trick arrows from a guy named Lodai.  Now I know that it's spelled differently, but man am I going to have CCR's Lodi stuck in my head the rest of the night now.  This bit is a little disappointing to me even though that it makes complete sense that Ollie has someone else make his trick arrows, I think I was just hoping it was a joint effort between Ollie and Diggle using trial and error to get these things done.  Oh well, you can't have everything.  So Lodai makes the arrows and it would seem a future Arrow costume that Diggle gave him plans for.  I'm guessing that Roy getting shot is going to lead to him losing the hoodie and switching to full kevlar Arrow garb.  It's also here where we feel the pain of Ollie losing all his money, when they can't entirely pay for that month's shipment of arrows.  Poor Ollie.

Okay let's get to some action.  Even though our hero is suffering a dislocated shoulder, he jumps into action when he learns of a man holding a woman hostage on top of a building.  It's your basic insane religious zealot kind of thing and after Arrow takes him out, our hero learns about Brother Blood still being alive and apparently through the mouths of insane zealots, immortal.  So that's something I wouldn't have guessed for the world of Arrow...... Immortal.. Oh wait never mind Ra's Al Ghul's in this universe so we're all good.


You now how I just told you that Brother Blood was immortal?  Yeah I lied.  We find out during Brother Blood bitching to his recruiting agent about letting that zealot idiot into the fold, that this Brother Blood is actually Clinton Hogue, who was Sebastian Blood's bodyguard in season 2 of Arrow.  But the way we find out is really freaking stupid.  I mean an entire panel is drawn wrong and lettered wrong and completely screws up the book's big reveal.  Check this out.

So yeah, that was completely fucked up, but at least we have an answer to that nagging question about who this Brother Blood actually is.  

In the end we're given an epilogue that takes us to Khandaq, Africa...... You know, Black Adam's stomping ground.  Anyway it seems that a terrorist group has shot up a school and taken the students prisoner and apparently there's only one thing that can stop them.  The Suicide Squad.  That's right all you Arrowphiles, the Suicide Squad will be making their triumphant return hopefully next issue and hopefully with new members that will be featured in Season 3 of Arrow.  That's it for this week, I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Bits and Pieces:

I've really been liking this prologue to Arrow's new season and it's felt so much like the television series that I haven't had any real complaints so far.  Well that's about to end, because while I've really enjoyed the art of the entire series so far, there was a glaring mistake in a couple of panels that completely ruined a good reveal and made me do a double take to make sure I knew what I was reading.  But besides for that, this series is really heating up and I hope it maintains the level of awesome that it's held so far.  Check it out.


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