This week Green Arrow has to team up with both Superman and Lex Luthor as the Ninth Circle attacks Lex Corp forcing hundreds to suicide.
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Juan Ferrerya
The superstar team up of Percy and Ferrerya deliver yet another fantastic issue of Green Arrow that just happens to be a team up.
So far we’ve had team ups with artists who favoured the cartoonish side but with Ferrerya back on art duties we finally get Silver Age style story told with a gritty modern look. It must be said that this is the most ‘realistic’ team up of the Hard Traveling Hero arc. Whether or not it’s a coincidence that this story matches Ferrerya’s style I don’t know but I’d be willing to bet Percy had this story in mind for him.
This arc feels very much like Benjamin Percy playing with all the characters he wants to. I think this is one of the best interpretations of Lex Luthor in recent memory. Percy’s Luthor is smart and cunning, very similar to Sherlock Holmes. In fact he even points this out during the issue. The dialogue between Luthor and Oliver Queen is riveting yet it is visually held together by fantastic sequences featuring Superman outside the Lex Corp building. While the two argue, many of the Lex Corp employees are attempting suicide, which is why Superman is frantically trying to save everyone.
The art here is top notch with experimental panels showcasing both Green Arrow and Superman’s heroics. The scenes inside and out of Lex Corp work in tandem to deliver a satisfying and thrilling read.
Overall this may be the best team up of the arc so far. It’s hard to tell. Percy understands each character he pairs with Green Arrow and as such each issue has an obvious theme, this one being hope since it features Superman. Personally I appreciate this.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.