Seattle lies in ruins. Oliver Queen must do the unexpected if he is to save his city, if his city can even be saved anymore…
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
This may be the most mature comic that DC is putting out right now. In recent years Green Arrow hasn’t been in the best of places. His ongoing had been pretty bad for almost all the New 52. Since Rebirth, Percy has been trying his best to get Oliver Queen to be a relevant hero again. And through social commentary he has managed to do this.
As the ‘Rise of Star City’ arc concludes we can see what Percy has in store for Green Arrow. Previous arcs have been good, if a little blunt with the commentary. There are sections of this issue that do the same, such as Green Arrow forcing a well off couple to give to the poor, or a right wing politician speaking with rhetoric similar to a certain American president.
But for the most part this issue (and arc) has been simply stunning. I’ve been thinking of how to sum up how good this story has been and I think the best way to do that is to point out that a majority of the adverts in this issue are held until the end, Image comics style.
How often does DC have so much faith in a story that it reserves its advertising so not to disrupt the flow of the issue? Never. So don’t take my word for it, DC clearly love it too.
It’s refreshing to see a comic be treated so respectfully. I’ll admit, the adult tone of the story does get a little ‘edgy’ in places, especially with the destruction of the Seattle Needle. I’m not sure how people from Seattle will take to their city being turned into Star City in the fictional DC universe.
Now I need to try and emphasise how good the art is. At first I wasn’t a massive fan of Ferreyra. I understood how talented he was but I felt his style didn’t match the book. I see now that the script is what matters. With a story that matches Ferreyra’s realistic style everything flows perfectly. This is the first issue in a while that I had to slow down reading just to take in the scope of some of the panels. It’s that good.
Recommendation: pick up the issue – even if you don’t read Green Arrow, make sure to get the trade of this when it is released!