The plot of this issue is the worst kind of cliched tripe. A hot new guy in the IT department shows an interest in Felicity. It turns out he's a terrorist trying to hack into the system through her. Ollie shows up in the nick of time to save her. Blah. Blah. Blah. I've complained before that Felicity Smoak is not a character so much as she is a breathing plot device and this story is a prime example of my problems with the (lack of) character.
There is no depth to Felicity. She's a cliche. A stereotype. A Hollywood idea of what computer geek girls are like. At best, she's a tool for the writers to use to explain away dodgy science or speed up Oliver's investigations. At worst - as is the case with this story - she's a damsel in distress for Oliver to rescue.
I do love Arrow and I'm looking forward to tonight's new episode. But please - for you own good - skip this week's web comic.