Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Arrow Season 2.5 #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu
Art By: Joe Bennett, Craig Yeung, Jim Charalampidis, Szymon Kudranski
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 5, 2015

Business, Travel and Rescue

In the last issue of Arrow Season 2.5, we saw our hero recovering from his dose of the fear vertigo and guess what?  Roy's recovering too and he actually woke up for an issue.  It's about time too because we saw that Felicity was kidnapped by the new Brother Blood and really, things aren't looking too good for her.  Speaking of not good, on top of Brother Blood wanting to kill Arrow, now we have one of his goon's all Mirakuru-ed up and since he has all that power he wants to use it for his own vendetta and for some reason it's against Oliver Queen.......... Man, Ollie can't catch a break.  All that plus a Suicide Squad backup, so let's check out where our story takes us this week.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with what I consider really boring business stuff.  Pretty much, we get reintroduced to Ollie's ex-stepfather Walter Steele, who tells us that he wants Oliver to take back control of his company and since Oliver is currently in my dilemma in being poor as hell, Walter is offering to get backers and they will buy back Oliver's company for him............ It could be a little different than this because like most things in real life I don't understand business and really Marc Guggenheim could have made up a bunch of nonsensical jargon to tell us about the future of Queen Consolidated and I just would have bought into it completely.

We start our Suicide Squad backup a little early this chapter and what we have are some further developments as we find out that being four and a half months pregnant isn't about to stop Diggle's baby mama Lyla from taking her ass to Kahndaq with Task Force X to take down the terrorist group.  As you'd imagine, Diggle isn't about to let this go down and tells her that he's going to take her place.  If you remember from the show, Diggle isn't really happy about having to work with Deadshot and the rest of Waller's criminals.  With his upcoming adventure in Kahndaq, it looks like Diggle is out of the finding Felicity team......... Oh yeah, Felicity.

After calling a bunch of times and even going to Kord Industries to see if Felicity was at work, which apparently she hasn't gone to in over a month and is soooooo fired, Oliver decides to investigate her disappearance and wouldn't you know it, Felicity had her apartment all voyeured up and connected to the internet, so Arrow can see that she was kidnapped by Brother Blood's men...........  Hey, hey Oliver, you mind sharing that internet address and password?  Nah, I'm not a perv or nothing, I just really want to make sure that Felicity's apartment is secure for now on...........  Now that Roy's awake and we have one of the Arrow team kidnapped, it's time for our two heroes to suit up and get their Felicity back and this time we can really suit up because we see Roy's new outfit with the kevlar lining is ready for him.

That's it for this issue of Arrow and man am I digging that shit is progressing forward.  It kind of seemed that we were in a funk recently with this series, like it didn't know where it wanted to go but now it's a straight forward rescue mission with Diggle being added to the Suicide Squad for their trip to Kahndaq.  While I may not have been into the beginning of this issue, I don't know if it's that I just don't care about the business side of Oliver Queen or if it's because of my knowledge from season 3 of the show, where we know that Oliver still won't have his company back.  That's the only thing that's really holding this series back and hopefully if they continue it as a Arrow Season 3.5, it will start a lot earlier than the show so we can have at least some suspense to the things that are being thrown at us.  Like it's been from the beginning, the art is great so there's nothing really to say about it that wouldn't come off as me propositioning the artist.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Arrow 2.5 might be one of my favorites because it's doing it's damnedest to try and get us back to a straight forward story.  Recently we've had things happening that seem to be thrown in "just because" like Count Vertigo showing up for no reason, but here we have developments that should take our heroes from point A to B with an outlined mission.  It's just a really enjoyable issue and I can't wait to see what comes from it.


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