Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Green Arrow #35 Review

Disco Inferno

Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Juan Ferreyra and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 6, 2017

I have been a bit hot and cold with this Green Arrow run, but when Juan is on an issue, it tends to bring the hottness!  I know that's not a real word, but it's my review and I'll make up whatever I want.  I don't have to make up my impatience to get to Oliver's trial.  A part of that is to see what goes down, but another part is hopefully leaving the Ninth Circle behind and getting on to something new.  So, how was this issue?  Let's find out...

Last issue ended with Oliver and his mother, Moira heading off to find the wreckage of the Inferno.  After a couple of pages, they do...and it looks awesome!  Juan is at it again and I'm not sure how he does it, but he seems to outdo himself each issue he's on.

While that's going on, we actually get to see Kate Spencer do some lawyering and while I love seeing her moxie, it's not exactly what Oliver needs right now.  What do I mean?  Without spoiling things, just remember the Ninth Circle has eyes everywhere.

Back with Oliver, him and his mother dive into the Inferno and start collecting treasure and information.  Yea, there is a bit of a cheesy line about love, but they are their for the important stuff, but in the end, maybe it should have been love that Ollie was looking for...or maybe some brains!

We do get some extra information about what Wendy Poole went through as well as a little reminder of the role that Shado and Emiko had in Oliver's downfall, but it's all seems to be there to connect some Ninth Circle dots.

After a cool looking, but odd fight with a undersea horror, Oliver finds out that he should stop thinking with his heart and we also see that being a good cop in Star City doesn't pay.  The last part is a real shame because I was looking forward to seeing Shuffleton become Green Arrow's Gordon and possibly getting at least one, "I'm getting too old for this shit" out of him!

The issue then ends with Henry and Black Canary heading to save Oliver, but it looks like it may be too late.  Doesn't it always look like it's too late?  Yes, yes it does.

Guess what?  I loved the art in this issue and for the most part, liked the story as well.  There were some odd transition moments and some corny dialogue, but Ben Percy is setting up Oliver's upcoming trial by showing us that while he loves his City, his City is set up against him.  We are finally seeing the reach and thus the real evil that is the Ninth Circle and Percy doesn't even have to put them on the page to see it.  For me, this issue really drove home the idea that Ollie has to save himself so he can save Star City more than any other yet.

Bits and Pieces:

Ben Percy shows us that Oliver must save himself so he can save the corruption that is Star City.   Juan Ferreyra's art is outstanding and while the story still doesn't move forward much, it's a good setup for what's to come.


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