Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Some thoughts about Green Arrow #19
Oliver and Roy have been finally reunited but they can't help but remember what separated them in the first place.
Guess what? I still have many problems with what's going on here. Big surprise.
Ben Percy continues his story about the reencounter between Ollie and Roy and some points are accurate to be fair. It was cool to see Roy's old addiction issues were addressed while his background as a native american is also appreciated. However, I feel like his relationship with Ollie here is not developed in an interesting way, especially considering that this was already solved and in a much better way in previous appearances of both of them by none other than Scott Lobdell (Still remembering that incredibly accurate "I can always stop drinking but you will always be yourself" line).
And of course the problem with the native americans of the place is handled in a pretty superficial way by presenting the issue in a simplistic manner by even including a transparently evil C.E.O. (The same one I've been tired of like a dozen of issues ago) and a reference to the elections because I guess we should hate Trump right? (I don't even like the guy but the writing is just painfully one-sided).
Oh and worst of all, Jeff Lemire's Count Vertigo is being retconned by a much simpler version because Percy thinks he can do better when he actually can't.
Eleonora Carlini and Mirka Andolfo share art duties and they maintain a consistent and distinctive style over the course of the story.
But is not enough to save an overall mediocre story, skip.