Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Green Arrow #46 Review

The World's Most Basic Detective

Written By: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art By: German Peralta, John Kalisz, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 7, 2018

Now that Roy Harper's funeral has been dealt with, it's time for the Bensons to get back to their "Citizen" story, where a rogue 99%er is on the rampage and inciting riots by getting regular Joes like you and me to take the rich and fancy out......... and also, watch the Citizen do it himself on TV.  Goddamn does it seem like the people of Seattle are easily swayed.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Green Arrow will be able to take this villain down and clear the good name of Oliver Queen, who has been accused of a hit and run from when he was younger.  Let's check it out.

Well, right for the get go you realize that last issue's funeral story really went and upped the timeline for this book because out of nowhere the story is going fast and furious to get us to figure out who the Citizen really is and because of that........ Well, mostly because of that....... this issue doesn't read really well and seems rushed as hell to get to its conclusion.  Really, this whole issue is detective work where our characters just go to one place, that leads them to another, then to another until they finally meet up with the Citizen, making up the time I guess that last issue took away from us in this story........ Man, I hope that's the case.

Really though, this just feels really uninspired.  The characterization isn't really there.  Our heroes feel like just generic versions of themselves, while the people of Seattle just seem like it doesn't take much to get them to rise to violence all because the story demands it and nothing else.  One of the biggest problems in this and a lot of comics though is, Green Arrow lets the villain just get away and that drives me nuts because there's no reason for it except that the arc demands more issues and because of what Ollie claims afterwards, it just leads to a let down of a cliffhanger that you know isn't what it seems.

I enjoyed the art in this issue enough, but everything else just feels really forced, generic and rushed and that's not what I want out of my Green Arrow books.  Hopefully now that we got this issue something can come together to make this arc into something special by the next, but by what I've seen so far, it doesn't seem like the Bensons have the best grasp on this character and generic is all we'll get.

Bits and Pieces:

It really feels like Roy Harper's funeral issue last month went and through this arc into a tizzy and this issue is doing all it can to get the arc back on track by being rushed as hell to get our characters where they need to be by the end with the knowledge that they'll need going forward.  The art's alright, but nothing about this issue really "wow"-ed me and I don't have a lot of faith going forward with this creative team.


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