Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Wednesday with me as your tour guide through this Black Ship of ours! This week I wanted to feature a comic that has me really reinvigorated by the medium, Green Arrow.
Believe it or not, a DC comic has managed its way to the top of my list nowadays. That’s not to say I’m goo-eyes for the “Rebirth” titles. I tried many of them and screamed out, “they convergence’d me again!!” before dropping a bunch from my pull file. But Green Arrow is in a very different league.
You see, in the current comic-book world, many companies have forgotten what the medium is supposed to be. I want to say this out loud and put into the world, if your comic reads like a movie, your comic sucks! Straight up. A comic is supposed to be the best of both worlds of storytelling, textual and visual — like how hardcore fanboys watch The Force Awakens only to then read the novelization in order to get a deeper understanding of the characters’ emotions and thoughts that cannot be easily conveyed in cinemas. A comic is supposed to provide a visual experience while delving deeper into characterization and world building.
Green Arrow emphasizes the inner working of its characters. Its internal monologue highlights often-complex themes and topics that are to be digested by its audience. For example:
In the first issue, we see Green Arrow being brought back to his charismatic Robin Hood origins, a small introduction for any who might not really know the character. The problem of homeless people being sold off as slaves is at the forefront of the story; they are a vulnerable portion of society who often go neglected.
Issue two jumps into the idea of Oliver Queen having no true friends and/or identity. His whole life revolves around his money and the dynamic it plays in his relationships.
The third installment is the most profound so far, a must-read of 2016 in my opinion. The antagonist in this title is a secret organization that serves as a bank for villains. One of the lines ripped right out of the issue reads, “the bad guys make trouble, but the really bad guys make trouble possible”.
I have mentioned this before, though I will reiterate, art is supposed to be a reflection of reality. While often fictitious, it should be symbolic of a human theme that people can comprehend; that’s the difference between a forgettable comic and something like this title, which is definitely hitting on a lot of social commentary.
In this time and age where banks got away with robbing the American people, a time when politics are now known to be a joke, where police killings are on everyone’s mind, it is a much needed discourse. Enter Green Arrow, a comic starring the social justice warrior who fights against a bank that funds supervillains, who doesn’t want to send people to prison because he doesn’t believe in the prison industrial complex, who tries to help the homeless and not criminalize them.
Writer: Benjamin Percy
I have never heard of this individual prior to his work on Green Arrow but now, after having read these issues, consider me signed up for team Percy. I have attached a link here to a list of his work for those who would like to check out more (FYI he’s also writing Teen Titans):
Art & Color: Juan Ferreyra
I have, unbeknownst to myself, been admiring this man’s work for quite some time. He did a cover for a Constantine issue that I enjoyed very much. Looking through his web page I must say that this man has the goods. In a world of clean art it’s refreshing to get something with a bit of grit. Below is a link to his body of work for anyone interested:
Letters: Nate Piekos