Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Green Arrow #50 Review

Back Into The Quiver

Written By: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing
Art By: Javier Fernandez, John Kalisz, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 6, 2019

It's time to save goodbye to our Emerald Archer now that we've come to the end of his series and his responsibilities to keep the box that could end the Justice League.  That's right, we're finally getting back to that infamous box that only Green Arrow could be trusted to hold and now we see the people who are willing to tear his world down to get it.  Let's jump into this issue and see what will become of our favorite arrow flinging hero and if he'll make it out with Black Canary still in his corner.  Let's check it out.

While this is an over-sized issue that has our hero kicking ass and taking names in an amazing way that we really haven't seen him do much of in this series........ it somehow feels a bit small because out of nowhere we have Black Canary's Team 7 past show up and order her to take Oliver Queen down and take possession of the Justice League box.  Now while this past coming back shows continuity that I love, it's just thrown out here and besides for Black Canary being ordered around and being accompanied by soldiers going after Green Arrow, we have no reason behind this or how this organization knew about the Justice League box.

While I would have loved more lead up to this final issue's story, the biggest problem is Dinah Lance's flip flopping about how she feels throughout this issue and what this issue means for Green Arrow and Black Canary going forward because while things can be believed to be okay between the two by the end of the issue, when the two will be able to be together again is left open ended and the idea of what the Justice League box is....... is also left open ended.

All in all, I'm not a fan of the art in this issue, but that's nothing new from me.  While I think that the action scenes involved are awesome, I think they would have been ten times better under a different artist and as for the story.......... there really isn't much of one.  I can't even say that this is much of a victory lap for a final issue because mostly it just has Oliver whining about not being like the other heroes in the DC Universe, while stepping aside because he's irrelevant.  There just isn't a satisfying conclusion to this issue and while there are some cool ideas and possible setups for what's to come from Oliver in the future...... there just isn't much to this story that should have been pretty important for all the elements involved.

Bits and Pieces:

The story just kind of fizzles out, while the art doesn't do it any favors in my opinion.  There was a lot at stake it seemed here, until there just wasn't, but things are still left open in a way that leaves me frustrated because while answers are what you obviously want out of this issue...... it seems like the questions in general were just ignored to give an all out battle for Green Arrow, while leaving the character whimpering by the end.  Not a satisfying ending.



  1. Just to point out, last month Jack Lanzing explained on Twitter that the book was cancelled early, so they had to quickly wrap up the story in this issue, which is only their third.

    1. Plus, i saw that Lanzing said that they had a 50 issue run planned...really????? 50 issues of a book that was already one of the worst selling regular main titles?

  2. True...but the announcement came in December and they would have known before it was announced so they did get some time to set up/end it.