The Last Arrow in this Quiver (Green Arrow #47 Comic Review)

Green Arrow #47


Writer: Julie & Shawna Benson

Artists: German Peralta

Cover Artist: Alex Maleev

Variant Cover: Kaare Andrews

Colors: John Kalisz

Letters: Deron Bennett

Green Arrow #47 cover by Alex Maleev

Previously in Green Arrow…

After uncovering both evidence that Oliver Queen was not responsible for the death of Nadia Vanderberg, and the identity of the new supervillain the Citizen as former police officer Joe Stranz, Oliver holds a press conference to reveal the former to the public. After doing so, Oliver is kidnapped by the Citizen…

Summary with limited spoilers

The issue opens with Dinah Lance, the Black Canary, frantically trying to track down Oliver Queen, calling Kate Spencer (Oliver’s legal rep & currently working at his company) for help tracking Oliver down, as the two’s phone conversation is interrupted by another viral broadcast courtesy of the Citizen. Stranz has strapped Oliver to a chair and is planning on electrocuting him to death. The Citizen has also taken control of the Queen Industries satellites and is planning on taking his murderous Citizen-Watch streams international. Meanwhile, Kate tries to get Queen-tech guru Fyff to trace where Citizen is broadcasting from and to knock his pirated signal off the air. As Citizen asks for Oliver Queen’s plea, Oliver declares he’s not guilty. Pissed off at this response, the Citizen moves to flip the switch on the electric chair. As he does, the switch is hit by an arrow. The Green arrow arrives, having knocked out the switch with an EMP arrow, saving Oliver and knocking out the Citizen’s broadcast signal, and the Citizen himself. Green Arrow moves to free Oliver, revealing Black Canary under the emerald archer’s hood. As Dinah & Oliver change into their respective superhero suits, as the Citizen regains consciousness and a fight between himself and the Green Arrow ensues. The two masked men tussle, as the fight eventually concludes with the Citizen knocked into his electric chair, partially shocked, and pinned to the chair by Green Arrow. All this while the live-stream resumed, allowing Green Arrow to stand triumphant to all of Seattle. After a quick impassioned speech decrying Citizen’s actions, and reminding Seattle’s populace that they all have a voice and the right to express it through voting, Green Arrow asks Seattle to do better, to not emulate Citizen or even himself, but to connect through social media not as hate-mobs but as a real community, and to use their voices to express change for the better in government, the fight concludes. The comic then cuts to Oliver’s inner-monologue recounting what immediately transpires after the Citizen’s defeat, revealing the evidence exonerating himself of any responsibility in Nadia’s death, though Oliver is still racked with guilt over not doing more to prevent the tragedy, and the boy he was at the time. Still, feeling reinvigorated, Oliver suits up, and joins Black Canary on the rooftop, as they figure out where to go from here.


Opinions on story and art

This issue was a tough one for me to review. Not because the issue itself is bad, or uninteresting. The conclusion this storyline and the defeat of the Citizen are both very satisfying and engaging. Shawna & Julie Benson deliver some incredibly fun banter, great narrative twists and a touching ending that fit Green Arrow & Black Canary’s personalities perfectly. The art for the comic is likewise very striking, German Peralta delivering pencils that look even better than the previous issue. The action is smooth & the energy from the action sequences is very effectively conveyed. The page of Green Arrow delivering a flying kick to the Citizen is one of the most awesome action shots in a comic I’ve seen all year. John Kalisz’s colors mesh with the pencils seamlessly, conveying both the ominous nature of the Citizen’s trap & the bright hope Green Arrow’s speech to Seattle delivers very effectively. And Deron Bennett’s lettering is crisp and precise as ever.

So why am I struggling with this review? Because it’s not only the last issue of this story-arc but also the last issue of this creative team’s run on Green Arrow. I admit to being a bit trepidatious when this run began with Green Arrow Annual #2 in May. While I did love the Benson sister’s previous work with Batgirl & the Birds of Prey, they were stepping into gigantic shoes following the fantastic run Benjamin Percy had crafted for the last couple of years previously. I was worried about how much enjoyment I’d get out of this new creative team’s stories. Being here now, writing this review, I realize I had nothing to worry about. These last few issues of Green Arrow have been a delight to read, highlighting the fun, jovial nature of Oliver Queen while firing off arrows that I first experienced as a teenager, watching the character in Justice League Unlimted. Likewise, the Bensons continued to excel with writing Black Canary, delivering some truly wonderful, and memorable moments with one of my all-time favourite comic characters. It’s sad to see this all come to a premature end, but that is the way of things with comics. I know I’ll always appreciate this adventure this creative team got to tell with the Emerald Archer.

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Ian Cameron

Ian Cameron

A comic-loving doofus eager to see the worlds on the page reflect the wonderfully diverse world we all share!
While it’s sad to see such talented creators ushered away from Green Arrow, they delivered an incredibly fun, entertaining Green Arrow adventure that honours the heart of the Emerald Archer. Julie & Shawna Benson, German Peralta, Alex Maleev, John Kalisz & Deron Bennett all depart Green Arrow on a high-note!
  • The storyline with the Citizen and his defeat are all very satisfying
  • German Peralta & John Kalisz’s art is smooth & striking the best ways
  • Dinah-as-Green Arrow is one of the most cool moments in comics in 2018!
  • This creative-team’s time with Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance has sadly come to an end...
Art - 10
Writing - 9.5
Plot - 9.5
Character Development - 10
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