Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

GREEN ARROW #2 by J. T. Krul and Diogenes Neves

I’m really enjoying the Brightest Day take on Green Arrow. The whole Starwood Forest sprouting up overnight is really cool, and of course Ollie is our modern day Robin Hood. I honestly didn’t think the writer could do much more than a half-dozen issues or so before the idea started growing a beard, though. But there’s enough weirdness lurking around under the spreading boughs to keep things intriguing for some time to come evidently.

J. T. Krul, the author of the new Green Arrow series, seems determined to make an ambitious run on the title. He’s populating his stories with all kinds of quirks and twists. Such as, who’s the guy in chainmail lurking through Starwood at the beginning of this issue? And who is the Queen that’s now running Queen Industries? Ah, the intrigues do build.

Pairing Green Arrow with Green Lantern in this issue was a no-brainer. The elegant cover would have pushed the comic in any fans hands whether they were following the new series or not. On top of that, Green Lantern is definitely tied into the mysterious White Lantern that has changed so many things throughout the DC Universe.

I really liked the fact that Green Lantern’s power ring doesn’t work in the forest. That puts Ollie on par with a lot of the other big time heroes. Wonder how Superman and some of the other powered heroes will be affected? Only time will tell.

Krul has a good grasp of the camaraderie that exists between GA and GL, and the dialogue felt spot on. I loved the exchange about naming Green Arrow’s underground hideaway and the rhyming (Green Lantern’s oath). Krul gives the series artist Diogenes Neves a chance to really shine in this issue with the attack of the paramilitary troops from Queen Industries. The cutting back and forth between our two heroes and the coming attack is compelling and truly cinematic. I could hear the helicopter rotor blades carving the sky.

The action sequences, which this issue is chockfull of, are well done and well-developed. I like the fact that Green Arrow has filled the forest with traps and quick getaways. Maybe they pair up a little too much to Robin Hood in Prince of Thieves (especially the vine trick of shooting up into the trees), but I’m willing to forgive that because I’m having a good time. I did have a slight problem with Green Arrow’s observation that the soldiers’ weapons weren’t designed for close quarters combat. The retooled CAR-15 and the M4A1 rifles were designed for urban combat – that very thing, which is why the overall length of the rifles were shortened. They’re more close-quarter ready than a bow by a long shot. But I digress.

The final conversation with Green Lantern at the end of the issue is well done. Despite all the things Ollie did (killing Prometheus?), he’s still in good standing with the Justice League. Wish I could have seen how that worked out, though, because Superman would have a hard time with it for sure. And I liked the idea that Ollie is going to be hanging around Star City more than he’s with the League. He’s a good loner.

And the ending? Man, that caught me looking. Didn’t see that coming. Evidently there are some really interesting things coming for Green Arrow in Starwood Forest. Evidently not all of them are friendly. Krul is killing me with these cliffhanger endings.


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