I know, I know, I know, but it’s that time of the month again where I hit you with the absolute truth– GREEN ARROW yet again delivers one of the best issues of the month. Sadly, this issue is the grand finale to the “Hard-Traveling Hero” arc, which if you ask me– and well, you technically are, it’s one of the best arcs out of REBIRTH. This wrap-up issue perfectly ties everything together, and both figuratively and literally ends it with a BANG.
Issue in and issue out, Benjamin Percy (writer) has been hitting us with solid stories. GREEN ARROW #31 definitely, for me, takes this entire run to the next level. Percy manages to utilize everything he’s built up over this arc and bring it into one in this issue, and not rushed, but calculatedly and with understanding on how to make Oliver the standout focus instead of getting lost. That’s been one of Percy’s true achievements on his run with Green Arrow; knowing how to successfully write a story about one character, but simultaneously intertwining a whole cast of characters into it who are obviously secondary, yet, they feel like main characters while not taking anything away from the true main.
The biggest example of this is the way Percy handled writing my all-time favorite female character… Black Canary.
The subplot with Black Canary and Emi has been one of the better subplots I’ve read in a long time. It takes a lot to tell another story that connects to the main plot, and Percy did it quite flawlessly. It managed to add this extra layer to the story, as it gave this quite emotional journey to save a woman, WENDY, from the AUCTIONEER. Let alone the fact that it was able to perfectly wrap up a 31-issue run of an antagonist group, the Underground Men, who’ve been a constant factor since the launch with REBIRTH.
Here’s the segment of my GREEN ARROW review where I gush all over Otto Schmidt’s art, because he totally deserves it. He did an exceptional job on this issue. There were a few splash pages that I thought were just stunning, and of course I focus on “Pretty Bird”, because Schmidt draws stunning women (as seen in the panel above.)
Now we return you to your regularly scheduled Ollie praise– back to you Russell. HAH. Well, in all seriousness, ultimately I come back to Percy when I’m praising Ollie, and that’s because Percy has Ollie’s voice down pat. Not many writers are like that, I mean there are people like Robert Venditti with Hal, Geoff Johns with a whole slew of characters, Scott Snyder with Batman, and Ray Fawkes with John Constantine come off the top of my head. All of those writers are some of the best (currently), and it speaks to how amazing Percy is doing.
One of my favorite moments through this issue was the panel to the left. I have been a huge advocate for Ollie and Dinah to be reunited ever since it was lost with the NEW52, and Percy gave us that at the start of REBIRTH, but seeing Ollie doing (and giving) everything to make sure his “Pretty Bird” wouldn’t meet what he thought his fate was going to be felt extremely satisfying. It also instantly made me eager for the next issue to see them reconnect– sure, Dinah will most likely punch Ollie in the face for being a jackass, but they’ll kiss and make up in no time.
Lastly, but not least,
It pains me just a little to know that this was the last issue with the Emerald Duo being together, especially after waiting so long to finally see them back on the same page (literally and figuratively). This also brings up my only complaint of this entire issue, and that being there wasn’t enough Hal. Sure, it’s me being nitpicky and a whole lot of selfish because Hal’s my favorite character of all time, but hey, I wish he was a little more active in the issue.
Though, my bone to pick is quelled by the fact that Percy did leave us on a high note between the two, giving hope like Saint Walker, that we might see the Emerald Duo together again.
From start to finish of the “Hard-Traveling Hero” I was entertained and absolutely floored with how well the arc (and especially this issue) was done. I cannot wait to see where Percy, Schmidt and Ferreyra take us from here with the “Emerald Archer” and his merry band of deadly friends.
You can pick up this issue at your local comic shop, and GREEN ARROW #32 hits shelves Wednesday, October 4th,
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