Thursday, May 14, 2015

Convergence: Green Arrow #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Christy Marx
Art By: Rags Morales, Claude St-Aubin, Nei Ruffino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 13, 2015

Family Feud

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of Convergence: Green Arrow, we had Ollie's introduction to his son Connor, after our Emerald Archer was called by smoke signal to assist Connor in fending off some white supremacists that weren't a fan of people that look different than themselves........ So if you don't look like an un-bathed hillbilly, they'll put the hurt on you.  After common sense prevailed and kicked the shit out of some ignorance, Connor dropped the bomb on Ollie "that he is the father" and before Green Arrow could run out for a pack of smokes, never to be heard from again, the dome dropped and our father/son pair found themselves in an empty Metropolis, where they met up with the Kingdom Come Dinah Lance and Olivia Queen.  Oliver's going to have a heart attack.  Let's see how Ollie's dealing with his new family life as we jump into this issue.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Alright, so our issue begins with a little backtracking, where we see Kingdom Come Oliver Queen, Dinah Lance, Olivia Queen and Bruce Wayne trying to determine what to do next, now that the dome has disappeared and people's powers have returned........ not to mention the big booming voice that demanded a Thunderdome situation.  Before a course of action could be determined, Olivia Queen and Dinah Lance were teleported away, where they ran into the Zero Hour Green Arrow and his son Connor Hawke.  Now while I expected a whole bunch of confusion about who these older and younger versions of these people were........ It seems that everybody just goes with it and Olivia even begins calling Oliver "Dad".  Without any knowledge about who the other pair are, this group just pretty much accepts the fact that they're there and together and that they better work together to figure out what's going on............ which leads them and us to discover that they're on some sort of recreated Metropolis that seems to just be there as a battle arena............. Oh and it's floating in the air.

Once our group begin planning on how to get the hell off that rock, they're told by another announcement that if they don't fight one another that they're cities are going to be destroyed and with that bit of news, Dinah and Olivia take the offensive, while Oliver and Connor begin their defense.  Before Dinah can let out a Canary Cry, Oliver shoots a tear gas arrow at this alternative wife and daughter, allowing them to get away while incapacitating Dinah's scream and Olivia's tracking system.  It seems though that this Metropolis battle arena is completely controlled by Telos and because Oliver was trying to escape, a piece of wall crumbled away, almost causing Green Arrow to fall to this death.  So with no other options than to fight, Connor and Oliver decide to go after their extended family.

In the end, Olivia and Dinah get the drop on Connor and Oliver and after subduing them with one of Green Arrow's own tranq arrows, the ladies declare themselves the winners and all four of them are transported back to their rightful places, where Oliver and Connor wake up hours later, wondering what will happen next.  It doesn't matter to Oliver though because as long as he has his new found son by his side, he'll always consider himself home.

That's it for this issue of Convergence: Green Arrow and while it was an okay issue, all the drama of Oliver dealing with the idea of having a son were really swept under the rug until the end, where it was brought back out and treated like he was all about being a father all along........... does that make sense?  All I'm saying is, because of this grand fight that we had to have for this Convergence tie-in, all the interesting developments that could have come from Connor's parentage becomes conveniently rainbows and roses so that we could get a happy ending without any real emotion.  The art for this book was fantastic though and I do enjoy this week's Zero Hour stories where we see that this timeline isn't doing too hot on the winning front because as of right now, there aren't too many winners coming from that Metropolis.  So yeah, not a bad issue, just not one that really jumps at you or sufficiently gives you the "feels" that you'd expect from a son meeting his father.

Bits and Pieces:

While I expected this book to be a big emotional ride with Oliver discovering his fatherhood, instead we get more of the fighting aspect that you've come to expect from Convergence and it really feels like a misstep.  There was such prime material to use to make sad sacks like me with daddy issues cry, but instead we see a alternate family feud and it just wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked.  On the plus side though, this book has great art from beginning to end, so it manages to be an alright issue even if it didn't make me weep.


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