This isn't the first time Emilio Aldrich has told a story which was more about The Hood's influence on Starling City than on Ollie's activities as a vigilante and that's a perfectly legitimate way to tell a story about a character. The problem is that The Starling City Vigilante doesn't loom over the story as strongly as he should. Oliver doesn't really affect the emotional action of the story at all. Heck, he doesn't even show up until the end of the issue once Tony has already made his choice and is only mentioned once in the story before that point!
The artwork by Omar Francia is appropriately atmospheric. Drenched in inks, Francia's work here is reminiscent of Tony Harris though far more stylized. I think I can also detect a slight hint of Sean Phillips influencing the style here. It fits the story perfectly, since Aldrich seems to be channeling Ed Brubaker.
Is this a riveting crime comic in the spirit of Criminal? Yes. Is it an Arrow story? Not really. At least, it doesn't feel like one. You can safely skip this comic without feeling like you're missing anything as an Arrow fan but lovers of crime comics will want to check this out.