Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Green Arrow #1 Review

Missing The Bullseye

Written By: Stephanie Phillips, Dennis Culver
Art By: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, Troy Peteri, Nik Virella, Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 11, 2022

With Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Green Arrow #1, we're in for another round of our Worlds Without a Justice League and this time around we have Green Arrow and Black Canary, even though Ollie gets top and only billing on our title, but if the other Dark Crisis tie-ins have taught me anything, it's that these won't mean much to our overall story and I can only hope that with this installment we get a decent look at what a dream world would look like to keep our heroes placated in their prison...... instead of having some element to the world that makes our heroes look like psychopaths like they've been depicted previously. Let's jump into this issue and see what Green Arrow has in store for us.

Recently, it seems like everywhere Green Arrow turns up he becomes the most badass character in whatever story he's in, and I'm all here for it, that's why I was excited about this issue because I wanted that trend to continue, but with this, we not only get one but two dream world scenarios that are based on the love of Green Arrow and Black Canary and while that's fine, the dreams themselves come off weird, uninspired and see our heroes trying to escape the worlds that were made for them to find one another...... whether it makes sense or not. Our first story in this dream world attempt is just Green Arrow as Robin Hood and boy is it lame as hell. Even when things get more interesting when Black Canary's world bleeds through...... for some reason, we get multiple Ollies, where one is even the minstrel narrator and ultimately makes no sense.

With our backup, we get more of what's actually going on with these worlds and our heroes and how Pariah is dealing with the bond between them and the love that they share, but again, these so-called dream worlds are just odd and don't make much sense in how they should work, especially when Ollie and Dinah are actually reunited in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5. Over and over again they're reunited in these dream scenarios and even seem to know at times that they're being played by Pariah, but still, Dinah is in shock in our main story when Oliver is still alive...... which I would love to know how that works. Everyone else was killed by Pariah and sent to their dream prisons, but Ollie was rabbit punched by Doomsday beforehand........ and that seems a bit more final than what the rest of our heroes had happened to them.  

All in all, this is a love story and if you're here for Ollie and Dinah always finding each other then maybe this is for you, but it just comes off as another useless tie-in to Dark Crisis that feels like it goes against what we see elsewhere and really doesn't play off as either of our heroes' dream world scenarios, even without the concept of them not being happy without the other. Thankfully though, we get excellent art in both our main and backup stories, and also I'm happy that the backup at least tried to make what's happening to Green Arrow and Canary make sense to the overall Dark Crisis story..... It's just that the overall concept of the story just kind of fell flat beyond the "love" angle.  

Bits and Pieces:

While I appreciate the great art we got in this issue, I'm just left shaking my head at another tie-in that felt pointless by the end. A love story is nice, especially for how little we hardly see Black Canary and Green Arrow together. Still, we could have looked at what each character's inner mind would portray as a perfect world, but that aspect of the book just came off as lackluster, kind of silly, and downright confusing......, especially for the ending to our main story.  



  1. So before his "death", did Ollie ever find out Roy was alive?

    1. I'm sure Red Arrow told Ollie after Roy showed up at Titans Tower.