Review: Green Arrow #50

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

Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Artist: Javier Fernandez
Colorist: John Kalisz

Summary
Spinning out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE and HEROES IN CRISIS! When a black ops organization discovers Green Arrow’s long-held secret—a mysterious weapon in the form of a box, given to him by the Justice League—they’ll deploy their top undercover agent: Black Canary! On opposite sides of this festering secret, Green Arrow and Black Canary will clash as only two lovers can—by aiming straight for the heart! A mystery six months in the making, the box that can destroy the Justice League will be opened…and the Emerald Archer’s world will be forever changed. This extra-sized anniversary issue of Green Arrow’s life isn’t just ending…it’s burning to the ground!

Positives

Kevin Nowlan’s cover is nice. It’s simple and effective. The mood and direction of the story is conveyed well.

The interior art is fine. There is solid use of color and the issue has a nice style.

I like the conflict between Green Arrow and Black Canary. It’s nice that their relationship and dynamic dominates the issue.

Negatives

I’m not sure how the military found out about the box. Ollie never told anyone and unless the League set him up, they shouldn’t know. For a final issue, there are a lot of unanswered questions and set up for future stories.

Verdict

For a final issue, this is somewhat underwhelming. Obviously Green Arrow isn’t going away forever but this issue feels more like a season finale as opposed to a series finale. It leaves major cliffhangers instead of resolving any kind of mystery. The consequences of Ollie’s decision on his relationship with Dinah is really engaging and I like those scenes a lot. I do appreciate that the final issue feels as personal and intimate as this does.

 

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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.