Review: Green Arrow #4

Posted by Zack Freeman (683 posts) - - Show Bio
The latest victim of the White Lantern tree's "power irritation" is Martian Manhunter - - and Green Arrow has to rein this friend in, even as he's lost control of himself.

The Good

This notion of Green Arrow needing to protect this small-but-infinitely-important tree from all the nefarious forces floating around Brightest Day... it's actually a pretty cool corner for him to occupy in this greater company-wide storyline. Neves' got some serious flash, as well -- it was a novel (but welcome) experience to see Ollie presented with such gold, sleek rendering. It made him look cooler than I've really ever seen him.

The Bad

Unfortunately, this is sort-of an "in-between issue" so it's really hard to sink your teeth into the plot if you haven't gotten the set-up (which I haven't.) Also, Ollie Queen's abilities and situations have never been as memorable as his insufferable personality and we really don't get to see as much of that here as I would've liked. He seemed a bit too much like a regular leading man.

The Verdict - 3/5

There are some interesting clues here pertaining to the greater mysteries of Brightest Day. I'm especially intrigued by the forms J'onn involuntarily assumes while he's in close proximity to the tree. Still, I've always felt that GA's works best when he's part of a larger ensemble (like in the Justice League) so I'm not sure I was compelled enough by his solo adventures here to look for what's come before or coming after this issue.
#1 Posted by Pizawle (1080 posts) - - Show Bio

The book has not really captured me yet but it has been enough for me to stick with it.

#2 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (3658 posts) - - Show Bio

This series has really captured me, and I hate Green Arrow. 
But this issue felt really weak. If you've read Brightest Day #9 then half this issue is almost pointless.

#3 Posted by NightFang (10936 posts) - - Show Bio

I might pick this issue up.

#4 Posted by Eyz (3184 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks like another good issue for this new direction GA's  been taking!

#5 Posted by longbowhunter (8691 posts) - - Show Bio

As strong as issue #1 was none of the following have been able to match it. This issue was barely a 3.

#6 Posted by Video_Martian (5650 posts) - - Show Bio

eh, don't really like Ollie, he's kinda a douchebag =/

#7 Posted by N7_Normandy (2504 posts) - - Show Bio
@Pizawle said:
" The book has not really captured me yet but it has been enough for me to stick with it. "

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