Thursday, February 4, 2016

Green Arrow #49 Review and *SPOILERS*

Hungry Like The Wolf

Written By: Ben Percy
Art By: Szymon Kudranski, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 3, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Going into this book I can't help but think of the ending to Lost Boys and how Grandpa said that the one thing he could never stomach about living in Santa Carla was all the damn vampires....... and I guess that this is the werewolf equivalent to that........... Seattle's a nice place, except for all the damn werewolves........ and the rain....... Yeah, it's not exactly the same, but I can tell you that this book has way too many werewolves in it......... which to me is, if we have more than zero, it's too damn many.  So yeah, Ollie's a werewolf and what I got from the last issue of Green Arrow is....... he digs it.  I guess there isn't much else to say after the whole Green Arrow likes being a werewolf thing so let's jump into this issue and see how that works out for him............ hopefully a silver bullet is involved so we can just be done with this, but I doubt it.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins surprisingly back in Seattle......... surprising because the last time we saw Ollie he was looking like he was going off to be a wildman in the Rainier Wilderness, but he's back in his hometown and checking out a hate mongering speech about the Wargs, before storming off when he confronts a cop about why he's letting this hate propaganda go on and the cop simply agrees with what the speaker is saying.......... Yeah, it's more racism going on in Green Arrow, but from what I've seen of the Warg's and the way that Ollie's been letting his blood lust go and get all dangerous....... well, maybe a lynch mob isn't the answer, but somebody should be doing something........ I mean, they're goddamn werewolves.  For the most part in the beginning of this issue it looks like Ollie has a handle on his whole "monster" thing, but when it's time he gets back into CEO form and make a business deal that would mean the future of Queen Industries and whatever nanotubes would mean for other things, he reverts back into the Oliver Queen we saw at the beginning of Ben Percy's run, where he's daydreaming during the deal and as we all saw from what happened last time........... you know, with the racist robots he okay-ed onto the police force........ Ollie should really pay more attention to what goes down in his company.  The daydreaming is replaced though with more ridiculousness because while he's at this restaurant meeting, he spots a Korean gangster named The Kraken and follows this nogoodnik into the bathroom before completely wolfing out and getting into a giant fight that spilled into the restaurant, right in front of anyone who just might look at a giant fight around them and notice Oliver Queen wolfing out............ and if you're going to argue that people wouldn't recognize him as Ollie because of the whole transformation, he's still rocking the blonde hair and the same outfit that he had when he went into the bathroom.......... of course Kraken gets away and a lot of people get shot because of this brawl, but as we've seen over the last seven months........ Oliver has become terrible at being a hero and the only thing decent that happens is Emiko showing up and hitting Ollie with a tranq arrow.

Once Oliver comes to, he realizes that he's strapped to a table and Emiko is injecting him with something to hold off those wolfy feelings within him and while that takes effect, we move over to the Super Max prison where the leader of the Warg biker gang: Marrock is being held.  It seems since the parade attack that went down in Green Arrow Annual, that started this story off, there hasn't been any other Warg attacks and our villains of this book "The Patriots" can't keep getting funded by private and business donors if there isn't something for the white man to attack, so our Aryan baddies cook up a plan to use their new found petty cash to stage an elaborate breakout from Super Max and get Marrock back on everyone's "holy shit, there's someone who's different than us" radar so that they can keep on playing hero in their minds.  Fucking white people.  So yeah, the Patriots' plan works and Marrock kills a shit ton of people on his way to freedom.

In the end, Oliver begins feeling the effects of his anti-wolf medication and starts feeling like his old self again............ which means he now realizes that he didn't actually want to be a werewolf, that was just the werewolf inside him talking before........... nonsense.  We don't have time for inner werewolf feelings though because Marrock's escape comes to our heroes attention and to prove that he's a bad ass and ready for a fight, he rips his shirt off and grabs his bow because that's what I guess Ben Percy thinks Green Arrow is all about.

That's it for this issue of Green Arrow and in case you haven't been paying attention to my reviews of this series........... I fucking hate this book.  Now, I'm not saying that the book was perfect before Ben Percy's run because frankly, I haven't really been a fan since like the sixth issue of this series, but anymore it's all about robots, monsters and racism of all things and I'm just left wondering where the fun is.  Hell, I opened this book and the first sentence was about the Klu Klux Klan and I just stopped and thought to myself "Oh joy, another fun romp with Green Arrow".  Every damn issue seems to be about racism in some way or another and I'm sorry, but using werewolves for your basis just doesn't work........ they're fucking monsters.  I don't know if the dude's really into True Blood and figured the next logical step in telling a monster racism story was werewolves, but focusing on things that kill and eat people isn't the best way to get your stance on equality out there....... actually makes me think that he may be a little too accepting.  The biggest draw to this book now is the art because Szymon Kudranski's art is just amazing here and even made me stop and say that Oliver looks pretty bad ass as a werewolf........... and believe me, I hated accepting that, but the art looked great and the colors really fit the mood in which this story was trying to invoke.  I'm just really tired of this run though and on top of everything else, we kept seeing Oliver being all willy nilly about his secret identity as Green Arrow in previous story arcs and even in this he's all willy nilly about the fact that he's a goddamn werewolf.......... so for a positive, I guess I can say at least it's consistent.

Bits and Pieces:

Green Arrow's a werewolf and if you think that sounds fun.......... well, you'd just be wrong because where you think you might get an action packed "fighting the monster inside" kind of story, instead you get a tale all about racism that just doesn't work because it's about werewolves........ and those things kill people.  Ultimately there is no real hero to this story because everyone's a bad guy in some way or another and all the fun is washed away because it's a story about racism........ good times.  The only satisfying thing about this issue is the art and thank whatever deity you're into for that because the rest is nonsense.



  1. The art is great! What is the significance of that hood with the logo on it?