Green Arrow #22 Review

The Rise of Star City – Part 2

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Writer: Benjamin Percy

Artist: Juan Ferreyra

Seattle falls apart as the ‘Four Horsemen’ continue to destroy the city. Meanwhile Oliver does what he can to help but new revelations about his family make him question his ability to help.

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What can I say? Last issue genuinely blew me away. Benjamin Percy has been doing a fine job with this Green Arrow series. The political commentary has been good if not fantastic in places. The art of the series has alternated between amazing and fantastic. And yet I was still surprised by just how great the last issue was.

Does this issue continue that? Yes. This is simply an amazing issue. Percy appears to be developing a style that not only tells an extended story over multiple issues, but also makes each issue a standalone achievement.

While not as artistic as the previous, the dialogue is amplified to convey the significance of what happened in the previous issue. In places the sheer artistic value of last month’s issue distracts from the seriousness of the story but here death is brought to the forefront. This is a comic that cares about people.

The action is superb and yet just as the story kicks up a gear, the narrative shifts dramatically to a heated dialogue. This would be boring had it been any other writer but Percy amazingly uses this dialogue to surmise both sides of current political discourse. This is the most subtle Percy has been with his political commentary in my opinion. It wasn’t until the end of the page that I truly noticed what was being said between the panels. It’s masterful.

Obviously Juan Ferreyra’s art is stunning. Reminiscent of Mike Grell, his style gives Green Arrow a level of respect most comics do not receive. This is a story for adults and the art reflects that. I cannot recommend this issue enough.

Recommendation: Pick up the issue if you read comics at all.

Author: Alex

I review comics and books. I also take issue with a lot of things.

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