Ann Nocenti returns as the adventure through China comes to an end.
Green Arrow #13
After last month’s lackluster “origin” story, we return this month for the conclusion of Ollie’s Chinese debacle. Suiting up alongside Chinese heroine Suzie Ming, Green Arrow heads out to battle his new pain in the ass, Fang, but the tables turn as Fang unleashes some grandparents to eliminate his problem. These grandparents are, of course, demonic spirits of the dead who literally give the two heroes a run for their money only to be stopped by some old statues… okay, let me stop right there… clearly this issue is a stumbling mess.
The first two issues of this storyline were a great leap forward for GA in this rebooted era for DC Comics, and it was finally getting me legitimately excited to read the title again, but with issue #0 being so poor, and now this conclusion falling so flat on its face, I have to say that I’ve lost that glimmer of hope the two issues prior had given me. Ann Nocenti seems to be having some good ideas lately, but she just isn’t letting them become what they can be. Issue #10 was a one shot that should have been a multi-issue story, and now this three part story has been given a truncated ending that fails to live up to the build of the two issues prior indicating that it, too, should have been longer, which is sad, because it was actually given a few issues to unfold. I don’t know, I guess I just let my hopes get too high with this story as it started so well, but really I shouldn’t have let go of that cynicism the reboot instilled into me early on as I caved in to start reading GA again.
At the very least, this issue set up the big crossover that’s going to be carrying through this title and The Savage Hawkman for the next few months, which has a lot of potential given the history of the two characters involved, but still. After this failed conclusion, I’m not going to hold my breath for the crossover to be too good, but we’ll see.
All this said, however, one great thing about this issue was the artwork. Keeping Freddie Williams II and Rob Hunter on board proved to make the issue much easier to look at than the stuff we’d been getting previously with the girly Ollie look of Harvey Talibao, but more than that, much of the issue actually looks great. There are a few fairly iconic shots here, and every superhero book needs those, so I’m incredibly happy to see this new art team on the title and I hope that they stay for a long while.
So there ya go. The bottom line is that the writing of this issue falls completely flat, yet again, while the artwork has successfully taken a giant leap in a great direction with Williams showing off his talents with GA in full scale throughout.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Williams’ artwork makes the title far easier to look at.||Nocenti drops the ball with the writing, yet again.|
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