Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Arrow Season 2.5 #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim
Art By: Neil Edwards, Joe Bennett, Craig Yeung, Beni Lobel, Angel Hernandez, Elena Casagrande, Rod Reis, Jim Charalampidis
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 24, 2014

Feeling The Fear

Last chapter of Arrow Season 2.5 we saw our heroes Arrow and Diggle escape the clutches of the new Brother Blood and his nut job congregation, but with these loonies running the street with sketches of what Diggle and Felicity look like, will they ever truly be safe?  I guess time will tell and as our heroes discovered a manhole to escape the underground labyrinth of Brother Blood's church, it seems like their trouble has just started as they are confronted by Huntress and her crossbow and man does she look like she wants some payback for her going to prison.  Let's see how our heroes fair in this installment of Arrow Season 2.5.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Alright, so dig this all you Arrow fans, we start this story exactly where we left off last chapter and Arrow is staring down a bolt in Huntress's crossbow.  But where's Diggle you ask, well somehow Huntress says she already put a bolt through his heart and now it's only Oliver and her.  Huntress proceeds to beat the ever loving shit out of Oliver and when he finally manages to get away from her assault, he finds himself being confronted by ghosts from his past.  We see his father, his mother, Slade and Tommy Merlyn.  All the people that Oliver has failed to save or stop and when I say stop I mean stop in time before they could cause some damage, because Slade definitely was able to cause some damage before the end of Season 2.

While Oliver is fighting his demons, we head back down to Brother Blood's underground church where his second in command Caleb is informing him that our two heroes got away, but when Caleb leaves Brother Blood we get some real insight in what's been going down with our Emerald Archer.  It seems that Werner Zytle who you might remember became the new Count Vertigo in Season 3, became friendly with Brother Blood's nut jobs before he moved on to bigger and better things and while Arrow was being attack during his escape, Werner pricked him with his prototype to his fear Vertigo, so now we know why Oliver is having such a bad night.

In the end we're still left wondering what the hell happened to Diggle and Oliver seems to be hallucinating Canary or he's been fighting her the entire time he's been having a bad trip.  I'm going with the latter and we close this section of the story and move on to our Suicide Squad backup. 

ARGUS liaison Lyla Michaels goes to Guantanamo Bay to retrieve a prisoner for the Suicide Squad that she believes will be imperative for the Squad's success.  Ravan Nassar, who's spent two years in this prison because of his allegiance with the former President of Khandaq, who the United States ousted during their liberation.  Now it's time to get Ravan back to his home country and for him and the Suicide Squad to put down the terrorist leader to show that he is no more a God than any other terrorist screw head.

That's it for this chapter of Arrow and while the Suicide backup was a little small in the story department, I think that Ravan might just be bad ass enough in future issues that it really doesn't matter.  Now for Arrow, this might not have been a direction that I saw coming and it actually freaked me out in the beginning when I thought what Oliver was seeing was real, so I really think it worked well.  I just hope we don't get flooded with villains like it was a 90's superhero movie.  Like usual, the art was great and I have nothing bad to say about it at all.  The characters looked like their actor counterparts and that's all you really need here.  See you next time when we see if Oliver is still feeling the fear.

Bits and Pieces:

I've really been digging this Arrow series and while at times it feels like characters are thrown in all willy nilly, it doesn't really affect the storytelling.  They're there, we know that they'll have a part in the current season of the show, so I'm okay with it.  A little background never hurt anyone.  I'm still mainly in this though to see what we'll get from the Suicide Squad backup because that's been interesting the whole way and I kind of wish that they would of gotten their own comic because even though we've only gotten a page or two every two weeks of that story, it's been keeping my excitement going.  So check it out and see how our hero got out of the last chapter's cliffhanger.


1 comment:

  1. Ravan who appeared in john Ostrander's suicide squad trial by fires arc was a good easter egg