Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Green Arrow #32 - A Review

Green Arrow #32 opens with Oliver Queen returning home and finding out about the rioting that is destroying his hometown.  He doesn't get a chance to breathe, much less react, as a gang of super-villains - both old enemies with a grudge and newcomers looking to make a name for themselves - show up looking to collect a price that has been put on his head.  Meanwhile, Ollie's former partner-in-crime-fighting John Diggle learns the history of the mysterious Richard Dragon, whose actions have kicked off the gang-war.

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino have turned this book around and transformed it into one of DC Comics best titles.  The action sequences as depicted by Sorrentino are well portrayed and Lemire's gives each character a unique voice.  Colorist Marcelo Maiolo should also be singled out for praise.  The final product of their work combined is astonishing!

If you've been looking for a way to get into Green Arrow, this issue is the perfect place to start.  Those who only know Oliver Queen through the TV series Arrow will quickly find themselves caught up on the status quo of this series and learn how different the stories are while still being similar enough in tone and content to be familiar.  And fans of good street-level action-based comics will enjoy this book whether they are fans of Arrow or not.

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