More so than the Green Arrow/Flash team-up, I was excited to see that artist Stephen Byrne tackled the inking and coloring of his illustrations. Having one artist focus on all aspects of an issue’s art typically results in a solid end-product that rivals even the finest and most cohesive artistic collaborations. Green Arrow #26 serves as a great example of what happens when an artist is put in the driver seat and is allowed to take control of the look of a book – Green Arrow #26 is visually stunning.
As one would have guessed, there is some tension between the Flash and Green Arrow, and initially, teaming up seems unlikely. The Flash raises a good point in bringing up Green Arrow’s ‘limited abilities’ by questioning how Green Arrow could possibly help a super-powered hero like the Flash. Frankly, I agree with the Flash here and think that the Green Arrow doesn’t bring nearly as much to the table as other non-super-powered heroes like, I don’t know, Batman. Members of a team should mutually benefit from each other’s skills, and here, that’s not the case.
The idea of there being a disturbance in the Speed Force which leads to a sort of ‘leak,’ is one that I can get behind. I wish though that this disturbance would have negatively affected the Flash and rendered him weaker or slower than normal. If this was the case, the Green Arrow’s involvement would have been justified. Maybe this will happen next issue, but as of now, I’m not feeling this arc, and I’m really not looking forward to reading Green Arrow #27.