I was only going to read and review Brightest Day #0 tonight, but when I saw this comic, I HAD to give it a read as well, especially considering the score JT gave it over at his blog. So did I agree with the infamous Jason Man, or not??? Let's find out!
Green Arrow #32: Writer: JT Krul. Artist: Federico Dallocchio.
Last Issue: score out of 10.
This comic skips around a bit in the beginning, so in order to keep it simple I'm going to tackle it in as linear a fashion as possible. Picking up from last issue, Green Arrow has the Electrocutioner lined up in his sights and is ready to put an arrow through his brain when he decides to instead show mercy and not kill the man who planted the bomb that decimated Star City. Speedy is understandably upset about this turn of events, but in the end she goes along with GA's decision. GA takes the Electrocutioner and turns him over to Green Lantern, Black Canary and Flash, before turning himself over to the Star City police for the murder of Prometheus. After GA is cuffed, the smug(and crooked)top cop of Star City walks over to GA and unmasks him, revealing Oliver Queen?!? I can't believe it! OK, enough sarcasm for now. The cops are all shocked(because apparently they're idiots)and Ollie gets locked up. Eventually Black Canary heads over to see him and does what she should have done YEARS ago, she breaks up with Ollie, leaving her wedding ring behind before turning her back on him and leaving. The scene then shifts to Ollie's trial, which is being secretly observed by several super-heroes, with the notable exception of Black Canary. The trial eventually goes to the jury, and Ollie is found not guilty of the second degree murder of Prometheus... Wait, how is it second degree? If ever a murder was premeditated, this was it! The judge isn't exactly pleased that Ollie is basically getting away with murder, and warns Ollie that from this point forward he is banned from Star City, and that if he shows up in the city limits, he'll be locked up. Ollie sneaks out a back door and runs into his bestest friend in the whole wide world, Hal Jordan. Hal tries to cheer Ollie up, especially in light of Dinah no-showing the trial, but Ollie seems at peace with everything. This issue ends with Hal and Ollie shaking hands with Ollie promising his long-time friend that he'll be back on his feet again in no time.
Huh, I really liked this comic actually! JT and I seem to be on different planets when it comes to these past two reviews! There were so many things that were just perfect to me in this comic that I think I lost count. The scene with Ollie and Dinah in the jail was especially well done, because it touched on SO many of the themes from the old 1980's-90's Green Arrow series that I had just recently read through. Dinah basically(finally!)told Ollie off, and rubbed his nose in his whole, “By killing Prometheus I crossed that line...” argument by reminding him that he's killed plenty of people in the past(which is true, he was like the frigging Punisher back in the day!). I personally loved the way JT Krul kept referencing back to Ollie and Dinah's days in Seattle, and using those old comics as ammunition for Dinah against Ollie. Besides that, I LOVED what Ollie said to Superman in the courtroom! Wooooo baby was THAT awesome! Basically Ollie muttered under his breath while looking at Supes(who was there as Clark Kent)something along the lines of, “NOW you show up.” That line was just pure Ollie to me. On one hand I can understand Ollie's frustrations about Supes never showing up during the Cry for Justice debacle(I mean he IS Superman, you'd think he would have realized what Prometheus was doing), but on the other hand, Supes was on an entirely different planet, and was in no position to stop Prometheus's plans. But still, that was just such an Ollie thing to say... I definitely thought there was a lot to like here, and I'll be eagerly anticipating the new Green Arrow series that starts up in June.
Score: 9 out of 10.Well I hate to say it, but it's about time Dinah told Ollie off...