Green Arrow #47
Oliver is in the clutches of Citizen, it is up to Ollie's friends to track him down and mount the rescue, led, of course, by Dinah. Dinah arrives and frees Ollie, who then dons his suit and puts the court of public opinion on trial, condemning Citizen's ideology before ensuring the disgraced cop receives justice at the hands of the US judicial system.
And just like that, the Benson Sisters’ tenure on Green Arrow comes to a close. As I’ve said repeatedly in the past few months, this arc wasn’t poorly written and I’ve enjoyed Peralta’s art on the past few issues, but the story failed to live up to its massive potential. Oliver’s address to the public was in keeping with his character along the lines of social justice and liberalism, but it somehow felt flat, particularly in his justification of the 1% as he was strapped to an electric chair (“But my charity helps countless people in need. Queen Industries employs thousands–“). The messages seem somewhat mixed throughout between the power of privilege and the power of the masses. In the end, justice landed on the side of privilege with a quite condemnation for the masses that voted on social media. The upcoming change in creative team has been set up quite nicely, however, as the Bensons close with the promise of a fresh start.
Of final note, I think it is certainly worth mentioning how well Julie and Shawna executed the relationship between Green Arrow and Black Canary. In the closing pages, we see the two sharing a rooftop, hopelessly in love with each other. Had this arc focused more on said relationship, I can’t help but wonder how strong it could have been?
The end of a short-lived era, this issue marks the end of the Benson Sisters' tenure on Green Arrow and leaves behind a world of possibilities for the Emerald Archer.
Green Arrow #47: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
Writing - 7/10
Storyline - 5/10
Art - 8/10
Color - 8/10
Cover Art - 8/10
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