Friday, April 10, 2020

Convergence: Green Arrow #1 (2015) Review

Oliver Queen...You Are The Father

Written By: Christy Marx
Art By: Rags Morales, Claude St-Aubin, Nei Ruffino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 15, 2015

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

What are the chances that Green Arrow would be stuck in Metropolis on Dome Day?  Probably about as much as all the other heroes that got stuck in a city that wasn't their own.  Luckily, unlike last week's Pre-Flashpoint Gotham, we can kind of say that these heroes are around because of Hal Jordan  going all Parallax crazy and that's what I'm going to go with.......... Cause I like it and it has a certain ring to it.  Yeah, I don't have much to say here so let's get into this story that's actually really interesting because since the Dome came down, Oliver Queen wouldn't go on to meet his son Connor Hawke in the proper way that we saw it happen years ago and instead it offers us a new meeting that works pretty well.  Let's check this out and see how father and son unite.

Explain It!:

Our story begins like every other one in Convergence, where it's been a year under the Dome and everyone for the most part is beginning to feel a bit of cabin fever.......... In this case it's a drunk astronomer, who is tired of living in a world without stars and without his family and even though he might just go and do it the next day, Green Arrow stops him from shooting his head off.  Our Emerald Archer then takes the man home and puts him to bed so that he can sleep it off as he contemplates what everyone is holding onto after being separated from the world for a year.  It kind of feels like a Green Arrow "No More" situation but even if the dome remained and things continued as they had for the last year, I have faith that Ollie would have continued flinging arrows about because what else is he going to do?

The next morning we see an aspect of dome life, which like in Convergence: The Question with the people running out of meds, I hadn't thought about this.  So apparently in Zero Hour Metropolis, we have ourselves some white supremacists intimidating and attacking anyone that doesn't have their jerk off caucasian faces in their neighborhood.  Luckily, Connor Hawke shows up and beats a little tolerance and sense into these plagues of humanity and man did it throw me for a loop because I forgot all about him looking like Caine from Kung Fu when he was first introduced.  So Connor takes the scared family to a safe haven that he's put together for a lot of other victimized people in Metropolis but his actions have gained the attention of all the bigots in the city and they track him back to The Ashram where he houses everyone and they hate monger their way in.  It's all very convenient that when he saved that family earlier that he came across a loose arrow of Ollie's because now that he knows that Green Arrow is under the dome, Connor uses some green flairs and his own archery skills to create a green arrow in the sky pointing down to his location.

In the end, Green Arrow sees the beacon and him and Connor fight back to back to save The Ashram and they send the nazis packing.  Connor thanks Green Arrow for his help and then proceeds to gush over him that he's his favorite hero and then he drops a bomb on our Emerald Archer by claiming that he's his son.  Ollie doesn't take the news very well and is legitimately freaked out by the notion that he has an adult son, but he doesn't have much time to process the idea because all at once, the dome comes down and our hero has to get back to work............. and it seems that he'll have a little help now that Connor has overly used the "Dad" word.  As our issue closes Connor and Ollie plan on heading to the edge of the city to stop people from running out all willy nilly, but before they can, they're teleported to an abandoned Metropolis where they run into the Kingdom Come Dinah Lance and Olivia Queen........... That universe's wife and daughter of Oliver Queen.

That's it for this issue of Convergence: Green Arrow and I love me some Errol Flynn Oliver Queen.  I've missed this version of Ollie so much since the New 52 started and I'm happy to have him back here........ even if it is for only two issues........... I'll take what I can get.  The real draw of this comic for me though, was the re-imagined meeting between Oliver and Connor.  As you might know, when these two originally met; it wasn't under a dome, so having this domed introduction was a really cool idea to use during Convergence.  I can't wait to see what happens in the next issue where Oliver's extended....... Multiversal family bands together or tears itself apart.  Just a really fun issue that did justice to Connor and Ollie alike and was paired with excellent art that made this issue one of the best in this event so far.

Bits and Pieces:

If you have a penchant for Errol Flynn Oliver Queen like I do, then that'll be enough to make you want to pick up this issue, but an added bonus to our infatuation for facial hair is that this is a really good story with excellent art as well.  It not only works as a way to get our Emerald Archer into a Thunder Dome scenario but works as a re-imagined way to introduce Ollie to fatherhood.  I really enjoyed this issue and anyone who's missed the old Green Arrow should definitely be getting this book.


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