Green Arrow is forced to team up with the Flash after some speed force anomalies are detected near the Ninth Circle.
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Benjamin Percy’s gritty social commentary is about the last place you’d expect to find a Brave and the Bold style team up. Yet here we are, with a surprisingly fun issue of Green Arrow.
For weeks now Percy has been continuing to impress with his apparently deep story about Oliver Queen fighting the Ninth Circle, who look to take over the world. It sounds goofy on paper but reading it, Percy has given life to conspiracy theories and real corporations and government policies. It’s been a great read if a little depressing given its place in today’s world.
That’s where this issue comes in. Percy has noticed just how depressing everything has been since he literally destroyed Seattle. Now we have the Flash cracking jokes and bickering with Oliver. It’s great. What’s even better is that Percy has maintained much of the social commentary he has been developing while giving it a new, fun edge.
Byrne does a good job on art duties. His cartoonish style works well with the Silver Age feel of a team up. The only small gripe I have is that Otto Schmidt did the cover and it just makes me wonder what could have been had he done the interiors too. A minor issue though since Byrne does such a good job depicting some character and animal heavy panels.
This was a fun issue placing Green Arrow in the wilderness and teaming him up with a fan favourite in Flash.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.