Green Arrow #23 Review

The Rise of Star City – part 3


The epic arc continues as Ollie tries to save Henry. Meanwhile Arsenal and Red Arrow chase Cheshire.

Writer: Benjamin Percy

Artist: Juan Ferreyra

Benjamin Percy is one to watch. What started as a pretty good revamp of Green Arrow is becoming one of the most important books DC puts out.

This week we’ve got more action, more plot reveals, more intense arguments. It’s got it all. What’s most surprising is how adult Percy has made this series. In a few issues he’s managed to change the tone of the series entirely. Originally it was a fairly light-hearted comic that dealt with social issues. But this is a ‘The Dark Knight’ style serious look at Green Arrow and his team as Seattle literally falls around them.

It feels like a retcon is coming to alter DC’s Seattle into Star City. The title gives that away a bit. But Percy is giving it everything he has and it is something truly special.

Art from Ferreyra is beautiful as always. His art alone elevates the series. It feels good that his style matches the tone of the comic now. In earlier issues the gritty Grell style clashed somewhat with the ‘social issue of the week’ vibe.

As a reader it feels like Green Arrow is growing again. It’s been years since practically anything interesting has happened to the character. I’m almost amazed DC is letting Percy do so much to the character.  Seattle is near enough in ruins. When was the last time Metropolis actually crumbled? And that city isn’t even real.

To an extent I’d say the terrorism on display is a little much, especially considering the real world locations. But I’m only saying that in context of recent events.

Recommendation: pick up the issue.

Author: Alex

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

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