Green Arrow hasn’t been this down on his luck in ages. Poor, backstabbed by family, and recently dead. How can you come back from that? We find out this issue, but is it good?
Green Arrow #4 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The DC solicit reads:
“The Death and Life of Oliver Queen” part four! Black Canary steps through the deadly gates of Inferno, the global super-villain answer to Fort Knox, to discover the truth behind the destruction of Oliver Queen’s life, fortune and reputation. Meanwhile, Seattle’s manhunt for the outlaw Green Arrow takes an exhilarating twist when an old frenemy makes an unexpected return.
Why does this book matter?
Artist Juan Ferreyra joined this series last issue and brought a lot of color and a lot of bombast. Meanwhile, writer Benjamin Percy has shown he understands this character well enough to be able to thrust him into one of the darkest corners he’s ever been in!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
What a boss.
In three quick captions Percy tells us why Green Arrow doesn’t want the Justice League’s help and–given the moment–it’s pretty damn badass. Percy opens this issue with action, but there’s a lot of character work going on with dynamics flying. Diggle and Ollie, for instance, believably build a friendship back up. Henry enters the fold again too and the dialogue, while heavy, is well written. It’s funny that Ollie admits he needs friends considering he opens this issue not wanting the Justice League’s help, but Percy is essentially proving Ollie needs friends rather than gods to help him do it all. That’s the thing, Percy gets this character, his joy and good nature, and most importantly the hero that does everything for the right reasons.
Ferreyra will blow you away again. A full page spread of Diggle vs. Green Arrow will jump right at you four pages into the issue. Talk about an image that establishes the battle about to come. Later, Ferreyra hits us with a two page layout of Black Canary snooping around the Inferno (the bad guy super boat base) that helps convey the size of the ship, agility of Black Canary, and sets up a confrontation too. Canary by the way looks great, especially with the baby blue Ferreyra is using on her vest. The villain in this book is horrifying as well and Ferreyra draws one horrific face on the guy. Somebody should look into making Halloween masks of this thing it’s so hideous.
It can’t be perfect can it?
A table setting issue for sure so don’t expect big reveals or plot twists. It’s still good for some fun action and it raises the stakes well.
Is It Good?
The stakes are raised as Ollie must take down an enemy that’s a mystery in itself. Well written, beautiful, and tense.