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Green Arrow #3 Review

Green Arrow has his back against the wall with absolutely no money and the girls in his life wanting him dead. Life sucks. He came back from the dead last issue and he’s out for justice this issue–is it good?

Green Arrow #3 (DC Comics)

So what’s it about? The official DC synopsis reads:

“THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OLIVER QUEEN” Chapter Three: In #3, Green Arrow’s enemies learn he is still alive when the Emerald Archer—now Emerald Outlaw—breaks into Queen Industries to learn why his entire world has betrayed him. But the deadly assassin Shado—formerly Oliver’s ally—is dispatched to finish him before he gets too close to the shocking truth behind his fall from grace.

Why does this book matter?

Juan Ferreyra takes over on art this week which means we’re in for a treat. Big, bombastic and colorful action is in our future. Can’t wait!

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Coming in hot!

And Juan Ferreyra does not disappoint. There’s plenty of dynamic double page layouts for your viewing pleasure in this issue (just look above) and the color really pops throughout. The Ninth Circle goons are gruesome to look at and their leader makes an appearance in this issue to jaw dropping effect. You may never look at Canadian bacon the same way again. The floating base of the bad guys looks fantastic as well and it looks like it belongs in some kind of dystopian science fiction film. The action is fast paced and easy to follow too. Really, this is a pretty issue from beginning to end.

The script by Benjamin Percy ain’t bad either. Blending solid captions of Oliver having a lot of pent up frustration and anger whilst feeling bad about beating up his own security (he has to break into his own building to get some clues). You never lose track of the goodness in Oliver’s character, whether he’s shooting a baddy in the neck or not. The subplots move forward too as we see Black Canary further figure out how to help Oliver, and an enemy seeks to find out who “killed” Oliver. It’s hard to believe he’ll think he’s dead for long considering what happens in this issue, but I’m on board to see where the story goes from here. The dialogue is well written and we even get a bonafide one liner from Oliver that works (“Lady, you write the worst greeting cards!”).

It can’t be perfect can it?

I’m not sold on the sister going full evil and Percy hasn’t done much to explain where her head is at. I’m hoping we’ll get more, but she’s been reduced to progressing the plot and not much more which is a missed opportunity.

Sorry, wrong floor.

Is It Good?

Another great issue with phenomenal art by Ferreyra that’s a lot more colorful and less brooding than in the last few issues, but just as good if not better at creeping you out and bringing fun action too. This is a series that reminds you comics should be fun.


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