Written by Jeff Lemire Art by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo
Well, that escalated quickly. Green Arrow is back in Seattle for five minutes and already a team of assassins want to kill him, an old colleague is kidnapped, and his long lost sister pops in wanting to be his partner. Ollie will figure something out… I think.
It is so great to see these old villains again. Its been such a long time since I’ve seen anything with Killer Moth, Dart, or Brick in it and they do not disappoint here as the assassins that Richard Dragon has sent after Green Arrow. Another thing that doesn’t disappoint is the look back into the past relationship of Diggle and Ollie. I’m not going to lie, I was extremely skeptical when I heard that Diggle from the Arrow TV show was going to show up in the comic. Oh man, are those fears put to bed. The dissolution of the Diggle- Green Arrow partnership is one of the more interesting stories to come out this week and is a real highlight in this book. It adds a depth to the Green Arrow timeline in the New 52 that wasn’t there before. There was also a nice callback to the zero year tie-in issue here that was really nice to see too.
I really love Andrea Sorrentino’s art, so that is a plus to me, but I know the art can be divisive for others. Other than that, this book is pretty great. It might fall into the problem eventually of just making everything too dire and sucking all the fun out of the proceedings, but right now Lemire has hit a comfortable middle ground.
Story: 4 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5