Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

JUSTICE LEAGUE: RISE AND FALL SPECIAL #1 by James Robinson, J. T. Krul, Mike Mayhew, Diogenes Neves, and Fabrizio Fiorentino

I guess DC Comics is about to enter a massive dark phase with this new “Rise and Fall” arc they’re plowing through all the monthly titles. Can’t say that I’m really looking forward to this one after the launch of the one-shot Justice League Rise and Fall Special #1. The idea just feels too dark, and I thought DC was trying to get away from things like this. Granted, bringing back all the undead and zombies in Blackest Night was pretty cool, but this feels wrong somehow.

I get that Green Arrow could be presented as more hunter than hero. Mike Grell took that riff with Ollie when he was writing an penciling the Green Arrow monthly title back in the day. But setting him up against the rest of the Justice League just seems insane. He’s a bowman with trick arrows, and really good a fighting, arguing, and holding his own, but to take on the Flash? Or Superman? Nope, can’t see Ollie getting away with it.

Not that I want to see him fail, but watching him kill Prometheus was kind of gruesome. And I have to admit that part of me cheered after what had happened to Roy Harper (Red Arrow) and Ollie’s granddaughter Lian.

We’ve seen heroes go down the vengeance path before, and it generally doesn’t turn out well. I’m not talking about plot complications necessarily. It’s more geared toward acceptance on part of the readers. Just means you can do anything you want, but if the people buying the books aren’t impressed, it’s not gonna happen.

However, there is a contingent among the readers that like these stories. If it’s done well, I will too. But I’m wondering how this is going to allow Ollie to interface with the other heroes.

Although, after seeing the scene between Wally West (Flash) and Dick Grayson (Batman), I’m starting to wonder if maybe the ex-Teen Titans aren’t going to step up to fill their mentors’ boots across the board. Not ready for that either, though Wally has consistently been a favorite and Dick is doing a great job as Batman.

But we just got Diana and Ollie back together again. I was hoping for a little togetherness before their relationship got shredded again. I guess that’s not going to happen.

Mike Mayhew, Diogenes Neves, and Fabrizio Fiorentino’s pences are awesome. I love how they broke the book down and told the story. I was compelled to keep reading, to keep turning from one page to the next.

This issue sets up a lot of questions that will be answered in the coming months. A lot of changes are evidently underway. At present I’m cautiously interested to see what goes on.


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