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4LN Comic Review: Green Arrow #16

Series: Green Arrow
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist and Colorist: Otto Schmidt
Summary from comixology: “EMERALD OUTLAW” part five! Implicated in the killing of several high profile Seattleites, besieged by a murderous cabal of crooked cops and demonized by a mayoral candidate willing to tear the city apart to get what he wants, all seems lost for Green Arrow. That is, until help arrives in the form of a long-lost ally. It’s the return of Emiko Queen!

Green Arrow by Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt has easily been the most consistently great series to come out of Rebirth. Batman, Trinity, and Wonder Woman have all been awesome (in my opinion), but Green Arrow is the only one that hasn’t had a low point or an issue that I thought to myself, “This isn’t necessary…” Percey is just one of those writers that instantly captures that tone and nature of the character. Like Scott Snyder with Batman, Jason Aaron with Thor, or James Robinson with ANY Golden Age character. I honestly think Percy will easily go down as one of the best Green Arrow writers.

Since the very first issue of this series, Oliver Queen has been a Social Justice Warrior, and that had some controversy around it because even the term itself tends to be viewed, for some bizarre reason, negatively, and is often used sarcastically. But, as I said in my Green Arrow #1 review, Ollie has always, and should always, be a Social Justice Warrior. It just fits his nature. The great thing about this issue (and series) is that it tackles political issues head on and without remorse. Hell, the alternative villain, the mayor-to-be of Seattle who ran his campaign based on fear and hate, is the spitting image of Donald J. Trump. I have to give respect to Percy for guiding the story to a place so relevant to today’s topics.

When it comes to art, Otto Schmidt is one of my favorite artist working with DC Comics. The more that these guys put out, the better the work gets and it’s already fantastic work. Schmidt does a incredible job with the colors and line work on every page. In the intense fight scenes, everything is clearly defined and easy to locate. I personally love the uses of dark colors such as blues, oranges, and greens. Schmidt does a great job using the color scheme to capture the tone of the book. Along with colors, Schmidt also does a great job with the facial characteristics and body language of everyone in the book.


As I said above, Percy and  Schmidt have done amazing things with Green Arrow, and are only 16 issues into what I hope is a very long run on the character. They have re-imagined Oliver Queen as an modern-day SJW (and it works) and they are tackling real issues in a fantasy world. If you haven’t read any of their run, you are truly missing out. The first trade just came out, and this is only the 5th issue of the Emerald Outlaw story arc. So, do yourself a favor and head down to your LCS and pick up issues 12-16 and enjoy this great series as much as I do.


Music Pairing:

You’ll want something fairly political and fairly heavy. And for that I recommend the great Stick To Your Guns. Check out the song No Tolerance of the EP Better Dust Than Ash. And, if you dig them, check out our interview with their drummer, George Schmitz.

Comic Review: Green Arrow #33


Book: Green Arrow #33
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Marcelo Maiolo: Colorist

Summary from comixology: “As Richard Dragon systematically takes apart Oliver Queen’s world in Seattle, we introduce a new person under Green Arrow’s hood. “Green Arrow: Broken” part 2.”

The main reason that I picked up this new Green Arrow story line was because the covers reminded me so much of the Batman story Broken City by Brain Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, and that story is one of my favorite Batman tales. I am also a really big fan of Jeff Lemire so I have been looking for an excuse to jump on this book. It’s the second issue of a new story arc and it’s pretty enjoyable.

The Good:
As I have said many times before, I’m a major Jeff Lemire fan and I think this book is just another reason why he’s one of the best writers at DC right now. It’s fun seeing characters struggle with real life problems, and that’s exactly what we see in this issue of Green Arrow. We see flashbacks of Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) from four years ago struggling with the death of his mother, who passed away from caner. Her death takes a major toll on Oliver and causes him to lose friendships and push people away. The fight scenes are beautifully done, similar to Justice League United, with black, white, and red being the only colors used. The story is great, the fight scenes are beautiful, and the art is interesting.

The Bad:
As I said above, the art is interesting. At times I found this art to be beautiful, and then the next panel I was distracted by the shapes of some of the faces. The faces seem to be different variations of ovals and some of the shading around them makes it difficult to tell where the jaw stop and the next starts. But, besides the confusion of some of the art, the majority of the art is really well done and makes the book very unique compared to the rest of the DC books that are out right now.

The Final Say:
As someone who normally likes Hawkeye more than Green Arrow, I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too. If you are looking for a new book, Green Arrow should be that book. It’s a great story, It’s got a powerhouse team telling it, and it’s not your typical comic book. I’m interested in seeing what happens to Oliver in the coming issues. You should go pick up issue 32 along with this one for a better understanding of what’s going on. But over all this book is a solid 3 out of 4. If you are reading this book or interested in it, let us know what you think in the comments.