Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Arrow #2 (Web Comic) - A Review

Subtitled 'Prey', Arrow #2 presents us with a rare mook's-eye view of superheroes in action.  Our point-of-view character is Scott Morgan - a corrupt civil servant who The Arrow gives six hours to confess his crimes to the police.  Naturally, he tries to go for a last-minute cover-up instead and hilarity (i.e. massive ass-kicking) ensues.

With a story by show creators Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim, this story fits the tone of the show and the Grellian aesthetic well.  This Oliver Queen is more myth than man, striking terror into the hearts of evil-doers through sheer presence.  While comparisons to Batman are inevitable, Ben Sokolowski's script does an excellent job of conveying our villain's terror as he is faced down by an agent of justice his money cannot buy off and his hired goons cannot overpower.

The artwork by Sergio Sandoval lacks the fine detail of the Mike Grell artwork in last week's issue.  Nevertheless, it is effectively somber and moody, fitting the noir aspects of the story.  If anything, the artwork on this issue reminded me of Tony Harris' work on the early issues of Starman.

At 99 cents a download, Arrow is one of the best values for your dollar you'll find on-line.  If you're a fan of the show who is new to comics and you're looking for a good place to start reading, give this issue and last week's issue a look-see.

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