Title: Green Arrow (2016-) #35
Words: Benjamin Percy
Art: Juan Ferreyra
Letters: Deron Bennett
Publication Date: December 6th, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “Trial of Two Cities” part three! Green Arrow…treasure hunter?! Oliver must race to recover the sunken treasure of the Ninth Circle with his enemies hot on his trail. But the true threat might be one he never sees coming!”
Jumping into a title already thirty-four issues in is always a challenge, even at the start of a new arc. Besides the fact that I’m unclear to the reasons and circumstances of why we are where we are, this feels like a slow start. Oliver and his mother are headed into a trench for treasure and information vital to clearing her name. The issue is also peppered with some pages dedicated to Ollie’s own current legal troubles, but nothing that jumped off the page and piqued my interest. The only opportunity for action is, disappointingly, glossed over in four panels.
Although the story left me wanting, I was fairly pleased with the writing itself. While some of the dialogue seems choppy and without depth, I truly enjoyed Oliver’s narration. Benjamin Percey manages to keep the issue afloat (pun intended) with the comparison between Green Arrow’s current mission and, more importantly, life as a whole to the levels of Dante’s Inferno. If that level of storytelling finds its way into the plot, I’ll be a happy reader.
It certainly isn’t boring. That’s a nice way of saying it’s a little too busy. The main story is different from the opening office scene, and the flashback, and the canary scene. In fact, there are two scenes, featuring the same two characters and only those two characters, which have very different artistic styles. Don’t get me wrong, the art is well done, but it’s hard to concentrate when it changes every couple pages.
The Bottom Line:
Too little going on with the story, too much going on with the artwork. I’m not going to crucify the issue as terrible, but it’s a safe bet to assume this won’t end up as a collectible.