Sunday, January 18, 2009

Quick thoughts on Green Arrow & Black Canary #16

Overall- I said it last issue, and I'm going to say it again this issue, I really think the title of this comic should be changed to simply "Green Arrow", because in the two issues written by Andrew Kreisberg, Black Canary has become little more than a constant damsel in distress, and I think Dinah deserves MUCH better than that.

Although Dinah has a bona fide superpower, as well as being the better hand to hand fighter, she is constantly being saved by Ollie... That just doesn't sit well with me... If Andrew wants to do a "Green Arrow saves damsels in distress" comic book, then please get Dinah the hell out of there! She is definitely not the distressed damsel type!

Besides the main storyline, which sees Merlyn cross arrows with Ollie, Andrew seems to be setting up some kind of bizarre groupie/stalker woman who is obsessed with Green Arrow. I'm sure that when Dinah finds out, she'll fly into a senseless jealous rage, because it seems that Andrew has no intentions of writing Dinah as the strong, independent woman we see over in the Justice League comic. For a score, even though the story wasn't bad, I'll give this book a 6 out of 10, mainly due to the gross mistreatment of Dinah's character. Come on Andrew, Dinah is one of the strongest female characters in the DCU, write her that way!


  1. I haven't read this one yet, but I noticed Black Canary was underused in Winick's GA/BC run as well. I think she may have used her Canary Call at most two times.

  2. I actually like that Dinah doesn't use her Canary Call all that often. It makes the times she does use it seem more important/urgent. Even when Dinah was a regular in "Birds of Prey", I can't remember her using the Call too often. To be honest with you, for the longest time, I didn't even know Dinah had superpowers! I thought she was just a great fighter, like Batman.

    I thought Judd did a pretty good job with Dinah, especially during the early issues of this series, when she was still searching for Ollie after the wedding night debacle. After Ollie came back though, this series has really tilted heavily to the Green Arrow portion of the title. Granted, I really like Ollie, but if this comic is going to center around Ollie, I think DC should change the title to represent that.