Green Arrow #33

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The Good

Damian Wayne's death left a hole in my heart. I loved the little dude so much and his personality is sorely missed. Well, it looks like Emiko just might be able to fill that void. Writer Jeff Lemire covers a lot of ground in this issue, but what really stood out to me is the personality he's giving to Oliver Queen's half-sister. Seattle's in a terrible spot and the stakes are high, but this little character brings so many smile-inducing lines into the picture. She had two remarks which made me laugh out loud and everything else she said made me think she has the potential to become the next Damian. She admires Oliver and wants his respect, but she's most definitely blunt and crass with, well, just about everyone else! Just when I thought this book couldn't get any more enjoyable, Lemire made Emiko so awesome.

Just like in an episode of Arrow, this month's issue jumps between the past and the present. I was expecting a little more of an emotional payoff in the past, but maybe that was the point of it all. It was there to show us Oliver's stubborn nature, how he regrets the way things ended between him and John Diggle, and that he'd never allow such a thing to happen again. This is where the core of the drama is, too. It serves as a nice break from the action without ever letting the intensity die down. As for the present storyline, it's loaded with action and ends on such a powerful cliffhanger. This is where Emiko -- a name Oliver will scream a fair amount -- is given a chance to show off her personality and, as you already know by now, I loved it. The conclusion with these villains feels a little swift, but for the most part, it's still a very entertaining ride.

Artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo sure know how to keep my eyes satisfied. Whether it's characters having a conversation in a room or trick arrows being unleashed, these two make sure it all looks phenomenal. This issue's packed with strong emotions and Sorrentino does an excellent job making sure we can see that in each and every facial expression. The characters look great, the effects look great, and the world they're in looks great. What's not to love? He and Maiolo know how to keep the ride visually stimulating, too. I love how they often apply bright colors to sell an impact during an action scene -- it really increases just how forceful the connection appears to be. And that final page? They make sure that cliffhanger is one you won't forget anytime soon!

The Bad

Some people may not care about this since it involves such a lesser-known character, but I was pretty disappointed by the way Brick was dispatched. I was so excited when I saw him first appear on that neat cliffhanger page and I'm cool with him not being as powerful as his pre-52 version, but man, his downfall was a bummer. The dude's mighty enough to run through walls, but Oliver beats him with just his fists? It would have been nice to see Oliver need to use a trick arrow to take him down. I mean, if he's not even that durable, why have the name "Brick"? I understand the significance of the scene, but it could have been applied to either of the two other villains (e.g. Killer Moth could have struck Emiko with a blast).

The Verdict

Thankfully, GREEN ARROW continues to prove why it's one of my favorite titles. The second chapter of Broken is a thrilling experience that juggles a nice blend of drama, action, and levity. On top of that, it leaves us on a note that'll almost certainly make you gasp. You can see the big incident coming a mile away, but the execution of the scene is tremendously effective and it has me totally clueless about what'll happen. Sorrentino and Maiolo continue to impress and then some -- I just can't praise this duo enough. They really are one of the best art teams around right now and we're very lucky that they're working with such a talented writer, too. Now comes the hard part: waiting to see what happens next.

#1 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (35030 posts) - - Show Bio

After reading the issue I knew what part was going in the bad section lol

#2 Posted by Xwraith (21439 posts) - - Show Bio

The new Richard Dragon really reminds me of someone...

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#3 Posted by eamon542000 (144 posts) - - Show Bio

What a great issue, ending is so intense!!

#4 Posted by SmashBrawler (5978 posts) - - Show Bio

So much for Brick, lol.

#5 Posted by Squalleon (4887 posts) - - Show Bio

I know it is nipticking but I will say it anyway. Lemire seems to mistake trick arrows for deus ex machina arrows. He does it plenty of times, ok it was fun at the beginning but know it has became annoying. I mean tornado arrow? What?
Yeah, it is nipticking but in the end it is stupid. He should cut back on the trick arrows. Because they become more and more rediculous.

Also yeah, Brick was beaten way to easily! I was surprised when I saw that.

#6 Edited by dondave (38893 posts) - - Show Bio

Pre-52 Brick would be ashamed

#7 Edited by longbowhunter (7717 posts) - - Show Bio

I felt the same way about Brick. He was a crime boss and a major thorn in Ollie's side pre New 52. I hate seeing him as a glass jaw lackey. Emiko definitely reminded me of Damian. There's a lot of potential storytelling there. I hope to see more happen with her.

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#8 Posted by Rixec (378 posts) - - Show Bio

I know it is nipticking but I will say it anyway. Lemire seems to mistake trick arrows for deus ex machina arrows. He does it plenty of times, ok it was fun at the beginning but know it has became annoying. I mean tornado arrow? What?

Yeah, it is nipticking but in the end it is stupid. He should cut back on the trick arrows. Because they become more and more rediculous.

Also yeah, Brick was beaten way to easily! I was surprised when I saw that.

Hey, crazy things like that are what comics are about. Back in the 90s in the Justice League/Teen Titans crossover The Technis Imperative the JL pushed the moon back into place with the goo Wonder Woman uses to make her invisible jet and willpower from Kyle's power ring. It's not like it's a live action show or a novel. It's easier and more appropriate for crazy things like that to be seen in comics.

#9 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (8032 posts) - - Show Bio

5 stars hell yeah. This was another awesome issue

#10 Posted by BillyFamine (30 posts) - - Show Bio

So is Killer Moth a Green Arrow villain now and not a Batman one? That's fine with me. Hope he makes it into the show too, I'm loving this Broken story arc, and the art is something I hope never goes away.

Part of me wishes that Roy had been shown or mentioned more during the flashbacks, but I guess that is Scott Lobdell's department to handle his past.

#11 Posted by CheeseSticks (2589 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol, poor Brick. This issue was amazing as always. Art, story, trick arrow, villains, etc. Everything is awesome in this book. I hope Lemire's run never end.

#12 Edited by timelord (818 posts) - - Show Bio

Another amazing issue quietly one of DC's best books I hope Jeff Lemire stays on this book for a long time.

#13 Posted by Ishkafel (127 posts) - - Show Bio

Ollie and Emiko's interactions were adorable in this issue

#14 Posted by SlamAdams (301 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, his name is Daniel Brickwell. Hopefully they empower him later

#15 Posted by Bezza (3859 posts) - - Show Bio

This is one THE best books out there just now!

#16 Edited by k4tzm4n (34930 posts) - - Show Bio

@slamadams said:

Well, his name is Daniel Brickwell. Hopefully they empower him later

Sure, but he goes by just "Brick"because, well, he's supposed to be incredibly tough. Sadly, this guy is anything but that. Guess we can chalk the nickname up to arrogance.

#17 Posted by SlamAdams (301 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: You never knew anyone who had a nickname that was a shortened version of his last name?

#18 Posted by k4tzm4n (34930 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: You never knew anyone who had a nickname that was a shortened version of his last name?

Like I've already said, it seems more than logical he uses chooses to shorten it to "Brick" because it's fitting for who he is. That's what makes him unique: he's tough and durable, just like a brick. Sadly, those key attributes no longer seems to exist. He's still apparently more durable than a regular human, but pales to what he once was. I really wish Oliver needed to use a trick arrow to best him.

#19 Edited by SlamAdams (301 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:
@slamadams said:

@k4tzm4n: You never knew anyone who had a nickname that was a shortened version of his last name?

Like I've already said, it seems more than logical he uses chooses to shorten it to "Brick" because it's fitting for who he is. That's what makes him unique: he's tough and durable, just like a brick. Sadly, those key attributes no longer seems to exist. He's still apparently more durable than a regular human, but pales to what he once was. I really wish Oliver needed to use a trick arrow to best him.

I don't see how that is more logical for this version. Pre-52 it makes sense with his rock like skin, but this version doesn't have rock like skin. He does have a last name that can be shortened to Brick. Just like a guy with the last name Sullivan is Sully or a guy with the last name Cooper is Coop. I'm sure the intimidation factor is not a coincidence, but even if he was a short fat guy, he could still end up with that nickname. Just because he got his face knocked in, it doesn't seem like it would suddenly be confusing that he could have earned or just plain be given the nickname, Brick. He's clearly not a metahuman and his size clearly implies he's stronge, doesn't mean his face isn't still made out of meat.

#20 Posted by derf_jenkins (435 posts) - - Show Bio

Too bad that this creative team is losing this title. Oh well...Jeff Lemire will write something else.

#21 Edited by k4tzm4n (34930 posts) - - Show Bio

@slamadams said:

@k4tzm4n said:
@slamadams said:

@k4tzm4n: You never knew anyone who had a nickname that was a shortened version of his last name?

Like I've already said, it seems more than logical he uses chooses to shorten it to "Brick" because it's fitting for who he is. That's what makes him unique: he's tough and durable, just like a brick. Sadly, those key attributes no longer seems to exist. He's still apparently more durable than a regular human, but pales to what he once was. I really wish Oliver needed to use a trick arrow to best him.

I don't see how that is more logical for this version. Pre-52 it makes sense with his rock like skin, but this version doesn't have rock like skin. He does have a last name that can be shortened to Brick. Just like a guy with the last name Sullivan is Sully or a guy with the last name Cooper is Coop. I'm sure the intimidation factor is not a coincidence, but even if he was a short fat guy, he could still end up with that nickname. Just because he got his face knocked in, it doesn't seem like it would suddenly be confusing that he could have earned or just plain be given the nickname, Brick. He's clearly not a metahuman and his size clearly implies he's stronge, doesn't mean his face isn't still made out of meat.

Except it's implied he does still have some degree of enhanced strength and durability. He broke through the wall and slammed Emiko so hard that it damaged the area. That's why it's so odd to have Oliver then best him with just his fists. If they really wanted to have Oliver display some rage with his bare hands after Emiko was harmed, it should have been against one of the others. Seems odd to bring this character back and significantly take away from his one significant quality.

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