Review: Green Arrow #49

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

Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing

Artist: Javier Fernandez

Colorist: John Kalisz

 

Summary

The city of Seattle has been weaponized against Green Arrow in a mind-bending cataclysm! Trapped inside Count Vertigo’s psychotic maze, Green Arrow, Black Canary and Indigo Riot have no escape—and no way to appease the villain’s impossible demands! The key may come from Oliver Queen’s past—but can Green Arrow face his own grief and emerge unbowed? This issue features a shocking ending that will set the stage for the future of GREEN ARROW!

 

Positives

For the most part, I like the cover. The concept and style are cool. There’s an old school vibe to it that I like.

The backgrounds are great. I love the creativity that went into Vertigo’s effect on the city. The level of chaos is a lot of fun.

I like that Ollie is still dealing with Roy’s death and how that ties into the conflict with Vertigo. The story resolves in a surprising but touching way. I liked that a lot.

Negatives

I’m not in love with the character models on neither the cover nor the interior art. They aren’t as detailed as I tend to like. A lot of the faces look strange to me; it’s something that takes me out.

Indigo Riot still doesn’t have a place in the narrative. This character adds literally nothing and yet takes up a decent amount of space towards the beginning. It’s weird.

 

Verdict

This is an okay issue. I like the central conflict and how it resolves. Ollie had a lot of baggage about Roy before he died so Oliver is dealing with a lot and I think it’s interesting. The art is a mixed bag. I do like the backgrounds and there is some well constructed action. But the characters look a little off to me and I found that distracting.

 

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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.