Friday, December 4, 2015

Review: GREEN ARROW #41


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Benjamin Percy and Patrick Zircher
SCRIPT: Benjamin Percy
ART: Patrick Zircher
COLORS: Gabe Eltaeb
LETTERS: Rob Leigh
COVER: Patrick Zircher with Gabe Eltaeb
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (August 2015)

Rated “T” for Teen

“The Nightbirds” Part 1 of 3

Green Arrow is a DC Comics superhero that was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp and that first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 (cover date: November 1941).  Green Arrow is secretly billionaire Oliver “Ollie” Queen.  He dresses like Robin Hood, and he was originally an archer who invented trick arrows with various special functions, such as net arrows, explosive arrows, boxing-glove arrows, etc.  Over time, various Green Arrow (GA) writers toned down the character's use of trick arrows and gimmicks.

DC Comics’ line-wide relaunch, “The New 52,” introduced a younger Green Arrow.  Four years later, the new DC Comics line-altering event, “DCYou,” offers a Green Arrow that is both darker and also closer to the character that appears on “Arrow” (2012), the television series (The CW) based on Green Arrow.  DCYou's Green Arrow is co-written by scripter Benjamin Percy and artist Patrick Zircher.  They are assisted by colorist Gabe Eltaeb and letterer Rob Leigh.

Green Arrow #41 (“The Nightbirds” Part 1) opens one night at an amusement park in Seattle, where young couple mysteriously disappears.  Deeply involved in his civilian life, Oliver Queen is in a bit of a funk.  He even finds it difficult to be really interested in a joint venture between Queen Industries and Panopticon, a tech concern.  Then, Green Arrow has a chance encounter with an African-American woman who needs his help.  He discovers that Black men have been disappearing for months and no one outside the poor neighborhood of Pennytown has paid attention.

Since I read The New 52 Green Arrow #1, I had not read a Green Arrow comic book until I read #41.  I am intrigued.  I like this dark, urban vigilante Green Arrow, which resembles the TV show “Arrow” and also Mike Grell's Green Arrow from the ongoing series that began in 1988.  In fact, Percy and Zircher execute this first chapter in a manner that makes me feel that I have to find out what happens next.  I'll let you know what I think after I read the rest of this story line... if I can still find a copies.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux

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