Thursday, August 5, 2010

Comic Book Review: Green Arrow #2

Book Information
Written by J.T. Krul
Penciled by Diogenes Neves
Inked by Vicente Cifuentes
Colors by Ulises Arreola
Letters by Rob Leigh
Cover by Mauro Cascioli

My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
James Robinson certainly didn’t leave J.T. Krul in a very good position. With the random Star-shaped forest stemming all throughout the God forsaken Star City, it was obvious no writer would be able to take the mess that Robinson left Green Arrow in and clean it up easily. Mr. Krul however does show his stuff in creating an interesting story despite the lack of creativity left by Robinson.

Green Lantern descends into the forest only to discover that his ring has no power among the trees. Green Arrow, who has put upon himself the responsibility of keeping the forest safe from evil outsiders, shows Hal his new domicile within the forest plain. The new owner of Queen Industries (I can’t give this away, it’s too good!) has it out for the man in tights as she believes Ollie Queen is the only thing holding her back. With the help of his friend Hal, Green Arrow goes on the defensive, trying to stay alive. But that last page makes me wonder what kind of a future is in store for Green Arrow.

The first issue didn’t leave people in high hopes that Green Arrow will stand the test of time. I on the other hand feel this series has all the potential in the world. It’s just like Alan Moore’s “Promethea,” give it some time and it will grow on you. J.T. Krul has a way with building a story up, especially when a series is just getting started. Longevity aside, #2 is a wonder in and of itself, providing great action and sentimental moments with a shocker of and ending. Hal and Ollie learn of each others misfortunes and decide that, despite their incredible bond of friendship, they must fight their own fights alone. It’s an incredible moment in the comic’s world when a hero decides to venture off on their own to stop the evil at hand. Ollie understood this and told Hal this is the way things must be, at least for now. Green Arrow has developed into a much more mature character than ever before.

I did think the battle sequence to be a bit long, as if Krul had to do something to fill the 22 pages, so he told Diogenes Neves to draw and extensive battle scene to make up for his writers block. That’s probably not the case, but I do wonder about the lengthy fight scenes in comics that seem to replace dialogue and storyline on a consistent basis.

Neves does quite the job with his artistic approach. The detail of the bodies and surrounding trees really stick out in a good way. The stubble on Ollie’s face is very well done, as are the definitive leaves blowing in the trees. Naturally, Neves is doing all he can to make Green Arrow a work of art, and it’s been done quite successfully.

My Awesomely Climactic Conclusion
I would like to see Krul move this title along, which I’m sure it will with the completely shocking cliffhanger.

Writing: 9
Themes: 9
Art: 9
Overall: 9 out of 9

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