Saturday, January 17, 2015

Arrow Season 2.5 #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu
Art By: Joe Bennett, Craig Yeung, Jim Charalampidis, Alex Antone, Szymon Kudranski
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 22, 2014

Hey, Roy's Out of Bed!

Last issue of Arrow Season 2.5 we saw Sarah Lance go and collect Oliver before he could hurt anyone besides Diggle.  You see, Oliver was exposed to the prototype fear vertigo by the man that will one day claim the mantle of Count Vertigo for himself and for some reason he's hanging out underground with the new Brother Blood.  After forcing Oliver to take some time to rest, instead of going right after Brother Blood again, Sarah goes and visits her father in the hospital and what timing she has; finally Detective Lance has awoken from his coma.  Not everything last issue was good news though, since Oliver was asleep for the night Felicity decided to go home, it's too bad that Brother Blood and his goons were waiting for her.  Let's check out what this issue has in store for us.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with Arrow fighting on a rooftop with a hooded figure.  Immediately I found myself questioning what was going on since Oliver should be in bed and after we see the hooded figure push Oliver over the edge of the building and Oliver sees that the person is Thea, he wakes up from his nightmare and everything makes sense in the world to me again.  After Oliver leaves another message on Thea's phone asking her to call him back, we see that Roy too has woken up and man was it about time.  We're nine issues in and Roy's spent most of the series unconscious.  The problem with this series is we already have Arrow season 3 playing on TV, so the drama that this series tries to set up doesn't really come across as well as it should.  When Roy wakes up, he seems shaken that he almost died, which should leave us thinking that he might not continue being Arsenal but since we've already seen the new season, we know that isn't the case.

We move on to see that Sarah Lance is asking her father to look up a person with his police connections when he gets out of the hospital and Detective Lance wants to know if he does find the guy if Sarah will kill him and we see Felicity Smoak now handcuffed to a chair in Brother Blood's underground headquarters.  Not a lot to talk about here, just Detective Lance worrying about Sarah's life and what she does with it and Brother Blood making weird comments about how he doesn't date much and that he's using Felicity as a trap for the Arrow.........Oh and he plans on killer her before Arrow ever shows up.  

So bad news for Felicity but the whole "You're going to die" speech is interrupted by a ruckus outside the door, as we see that Caleb (the boy who's father killed his mother and then himself at the beginning of the series) has becoming uncontrollable now that he's been injected with Mirakuru.  As this part of the story closes we see Brother Blood's people get out of his way as he plans on using his new found power to make Oliver Queen pay..............for what?  I guess we'll find out next issue.

In the end we head back to Kahndaq for the Suicide Squad backup, where we see that the local military is in league with the terrorist cell.  Apparently the General's payment for his support of terror is he gets to choose a wife out of the hostages that the terrorists kidnapped from a school............ Gross.  As you'd imagine the awful awful General picks a young girl as his wife, but luckily her teacher takes one for the team and says that the young girl wouldn't be able to please him but she could.

That's it for this issue of Arrow Season 2.5 and even though the stuff with Sarah and her father really slows the issue down, I'm happy to see that things are continuing to move here.  We've got a trap set by Brother Blood, a Mirakuru maniac out for the blood of Oliver Queen and Roy finally awake.  So I'm happy with the way things are progressing and like it's been the entire series, the art is a fantastic compliment to the show's actors.  It really looks great.  

Bits and Pieces:

Even though some of the drama is lost because of our knowledge of things from Season 3, the series really works well with the restrictions about what stories and developments it can tell.  The art is great and for the most part the dialog is spot on with what I know the characters to sound like.  So far it's been a really fun digital title and this issue is no exception.


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