DC Comics reviews for 3/15/17

Green Arrow #19

Green Arrow #19 Mike Grell cover

Green Arrow and Roy Harper’s reunion is off to a terrible start. Arsenal still wants little to do with his former mentor and resents his appearance at a pipeline protest. Despite Black Canary’s insistence that he’s changed.

The Arrow/Arsenal interaction is a rare misfire for writer Benjamin Percy. Arsenal doesn’t sound like his normal sarcastic slacker self that appears every month in Titans. Here, he’s just a cliche teen sidekick all grown up wanting nothing to do with his old mentor. That’s one aspect of the Batman mythos that would be appreciated here. Nightwing plays off Batman well and this tension feels forced for the sake of unnecessary drama more than guiding the story along.

Green Arrow #19 interior art

I’m not really a fan of Eleanor Carlini’s artwork. Carlini’s style is a little more angular and rough with some manga influences that don’t fit the tone of the story. It’s a jarring switch from Otto Schmidt or Juan Ferraya’s art. That’s not the fairest comparison as the regular Green Arrow artists are one of the better duos on DC titles, but I couldn’t help but wonder how this would look in their hands.

The pipeline standoff finds the arc at its best. That’s classic Green Arrow fighting against the man. But the retread Oliver/Roy fallout feels tired and the art isn’t up the book’s normal standard.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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