Review: Green Arrow #13

Published on June 24th, 2011

I’m not entirely sure why, but there’s just something especially awesome about a guy shooting people with a bow and arrow. That’s why every month, I get excited to pick up the latest issue of Green Arrow. Sadly, J.T. Krul, who’s been writing the series for the last year is busy with all the Flashpoint stuff going on, so for this 13th issue we have a guest writer, James Patrick. After reading this issue, I’ll admit that having a guest writer once in a while isn’t such a bad thing.

greenarrow13We join Ollie in the forest, lost in his own thoughts, when he is confronted by Federal Marshal Haley Donovan, who has come to Green Arrow for some assistance. Donovan has recently apprehended a religious leader gone terrorist known as Reverend Billy Miggs. The Reverend has been arrested for the murder of 9 people and is being extradited to Arkansas. Normally, this wouldn’t be any of Green Arrow’s business, but the church has some pretty hi-tech weapons and the marshal thought that having a crime-fighter like Green Arrow, who is willing to do what needs to be done, on the team might be a good idea. Green Arrow agrees to take the job and act as an escort. Of course, things don’t go too easily for old Ollie.

This issue is a little weird because it seems to be putting the normal storyline to the side. I would have thought that Green Arrow would be dealing with the loss of his company, or maybe all the craziness of the magic forest he’s been living in. Instead, Patrick has decided to go somewhere I wouldn’t have expected. It may be different, but I had a really good time reading this issue and I thought the book was very well balanced. There were some really cool action sequences, some good jokes thrown in to lighten things up and we got to see how having killed Prometheus has really affected Green Arrow.

I really enjoyed the opening to this book. It starts with a flashback scene where Oliver was first training to become a crime-fighter and he would practice by shooting at cadaver bodies so he could learn what shooting someone with an arrow would really do to them. This flashback scene is later tied to a scene at the end where Green Arrow has to decide if he is willing to kill someone to save lives. I thought this was a pretty interesting side to Ollie.

The best part of this book is seeing Green Arrow do what he does best, shoot people. I always love to see Green Arrow use his weapon in creative ways and seeing him take out a bunch of Iron Man wannabes with a bow and arrow is pretty freaking sweet. Normally, I cringe at the thought of a guest writer for a book like this, but I think Patrick did this series justice. If you’re looking for a self-contained story to get a break from Flashpoint, why not check out Green Arrow?

Ken Zeider