After the climactic ending of Green Arrow #21 where it’s revealed that the Ninth Circle has their eyes set on destroying Seattle with the help of its four horsemen, the Ninth Circle also seems to be running Queen Industries.
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Publisher: DC Comics
Green Arrow #22 opens with a series of random fires being set all over Seattle and Green Arrow is helping put them out. This book is mostly about Green Arrow meeting the horsemen for the first time and then trying to figure out who and what they want. With everything going on Oliver is frustrated in this issue, showing a lot of aggression and anger while trying to do as much as he possibly can with his team.
There’s a lot of great art and imagery from Juan Ferreyra and he really was able to capture a lot of the more emotional expressions. Benjamin Percy did a great job on the story, making a ton of great dialog between Green Arrow and other characters.
The whole issue was really enjoyable, but it felt scattered. Scenes seem to start in one place and then in the next page the characters end up in another place with no explanation to how they got there or how the previous fight scene ended. I found myself really enjoying what I was reading and then kind of just felt confused.
Black Canary is another minor issue for me right now in the Green Arrow books. It seems like she’s only around to do the same exact thing in every issue and that’s to scream really loud at something and talk to Oliver. I love Black Canary in the Justice League of America books and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey because she feels important to the story. In here she’s just not getting used to her full potential.
Green Arrow has a lot of character development in this issue, which is always a good thing because just when you think you’ve seen everything Green Arrow has to offer, you’re reminded instantly about how much Oliver cares about the little guy.