Silverwolf’s Den: Green Arrow #2

A month has passed since I reviewed the first issue of Green Arrow and a lot has happened since then: DC’s New 52 has come full circle, with all the new #1s released. Many have gained praise, others have gained flak, and some others have just fallen off the radar. Overall, however, it seems the comic community applauds the New 52 and the comics have rocketed off the shelf nationwide (especially in the stores around me in downtown Manhattan). Now that October’s here, I’ll be diving into the second issue of many series that I read last month, and where better to begin than with my favorite archer, Green Arrow!

Green Arrow #2 begins with a pair of socialite-esque villains, dubbed Lime and Light, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting city of Seattle, all while newscasters and paparazzi try to get a glimpse of these “celebrity” villains. Without missing a beat, Green Arrow shows up and takes both out, raising ire from Rush and his team of villains, allies of Lime and Light. Rush, leading several of the foes dispatched in issue #1, plots to finish of Green Arrow once and for all, hoping to garner fame in the process. Ollie leaves on the hunt for his foes, but little does he realize the stakes are higher than he could imagine.

J.T. Krul continues to spearhead the tale of the Emerald Archer and maintains the first issue’s high quality. The plot is well thought out and moves at an even pace, fast enough to keep things from becoming stagnant but without rushing or ignoring key details. There is also some great dialogue, especially from Oliver himself, such as my favorite line (delivered to Lime and Light), “Why can’t you just get drunk and expose yourself like all the other attention whores?” Clearly a key focus of this arc is the idea of what defines a celebrity and what constitutes fame; Rush and his crew of miscreants have a huge online and fan following, and videos of their crimes are widely viewed and popularized. As always with Green Arrow, there’s a good amount of social commentary in here: perhaps Krul is commenting on how we seem to admire those who are famous simply because they are famous (I’m thinking of a certain family of Armenian descent and the daughter of a well-known hotel mogul, here), while we fail to respect the great minds of our time and all the valuable innovations they pioneer. I’m also a big fan of the theme that Green Arrow, a hero with no powers, can use his wits and expertise to defeat entire groups of super-powered foes. Overall, the story sets up a great climax that I’m really excited to read when issue #3 hits stands in November.

Dan Jurgens and George Perez (who you may recall from my last review is the current writer of Superman) form the artistic team for this comic. The character designs remain creative and sleek, and Green Arrow’s new look has actually started to grow on me. My only potential complaint would be that some of the villains look a tad mundane, but I suppose given their nature as “stars” it may be intentional to show that, in reality, they’re just jerks with superpowers. The landscape designs look amazing, and the fight scenes possess a sense of artistry and movement that is rarely seen in other titles. I’m excited to see what else this creative duo has in store for us in the coming months.

Green Arrow #2 is a great continuation of what promises to be a stellar arc. The characters, dialogue, action, plot…just about everything ties together so well. I’m really looking forward to watching the continuing adventures of my favorite superhero as he combats these powerful punks and maybe even meets up with an old flame (cough Black Canary cough). This comic is a great read and I think almost anyone who likes a story of action and adventure will find something he/she likes about it.

Rating: ★★★★½

Since I feel I haven’t addressed my readers enough, I’ll just leave you with a question: who’s your favorite superhero and why? What comic or comics do you think exemplify him/her? Feel free to post below in the comments!

Brett Simon is a twenty-one year old recent reconvert to the world of comics. He found the jibe at the classic Green Arrow’s use of boxing glove arrows in this issue pretty funny.

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