Review: Green Arrow #44

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writers: Julie Benson & Shawna Benson

Artist: Javier Fernandez

Colors: John Kalisz

Letters: Deron Bennett

 

Summary

Green Arrow is used to firing at targets—but he’s not used to having the bull’s-eye on his own back! Social justice vigilante Citizen calls out Oliver Queen as one of his next marks, so now Ollie’s fighting a two-front battle in both his private and crime-fighting lives. Green Arrow must protect the others whom Citizen has named in his scheme to eradicate corruption from Seattle, while simultaneously dodging the attacks aimed at him—luckily, he’s got Black Canary and Kate Spencer watching his back. Unfortunately, they can’t save him from everything.

 

Positives

The cover by Alex Maleev is fine. It’s well drawn and I like the simpler background. It’s not the most memorable cover in the world but it looks okay.

The art is also fine. It’s not as detailed as I normally like especially in the character’s faces. There is some nice use of shadows that gives the issue an atmosphere.

I am loving this script. The Benson sisters really understand twitter and how negatively it can be used. Citizen is digging up dirt and exposing past mistakes of people to enrage people and form a hate mob which seems to happen everyday on Twitter. It’s fascinating to see that social behavior taken to the extreme.

Negatives

Roy has just kind of disappeared. Maybe there was a line at the end of the issue in which he said he was leaving and I forgot. It just feels weird that Ollie and Roy started repairing their relationship and the latter isn’t present when shit hits the fan.

 

Verdict

I like this issue a lot. The social commentary is really strong and horrifying. I love putting very liberal Ollie against this person who claims to share those values but takes them too far. The art is okay. Stylistically, it doesn’t do much for me but it works fine.

 

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.