By: Adam Basciano
This is a very difficult issue to summarize It’s basically a gigantic fight scene between Green Arrow and Rush’s internet-gang of killers. The issue culminates with Green Arrow victorious, while ominously setting up the next conflict for Green Arrow.
This issue was more than just a prolonged fight sequences, offering readers several things to consider. It’s become apparent that this “new” Green Arrow is averse to killing. In this issue, any doubts on this topic are put to rest as Oliver pulls Rush out of a fire saying; “I’m no killer, and letting him die is the same damn thing.” I applaud this. I know there are scenario’s when the hero has no other recourse when trying to stop the villain, but Oliver Queen killed far too often pre-Flashpoint. The book reads like a commentary on the prevalence of technology in society. Through Oliver’s speech during a Q -Core press conference, and Green Arrow’s fight with Rush, the point is made that technology and its fantastic devices are great, but it’s the people and what they do with that technology that will define us. I thought this was a great theme for this book, given the direction they are taking the characters, as well as the current state of our modern society. Today’s youth is constantly carrying some sort of gadget with them. They’re constantly connected. It’s almost as if the technology has become an extension of their body. So this theme was incredibly poignant and appropriate. That’s saying something, since I usually don’t like my comics to be overly preachy.
I could sit here all day writing various words describing how good of an artist Dan Jurgens is. With an issue jam-packed with action scenes, there are any number of pages and panels to back it up. Yet in this issue, my favourite image is one of the quieter moments. Green Arrow standing on a rooftop, with the sunlight shinning behind him. Sometimes the simpler things are the most eye-catching. My only problem with the art was the cover, which wasn’t drawn by Jurgens. The characters are fighting on a taxi cab, positioned as though every object seems as if it were in mid-air, against a purple/pink/neon background. If I were a casual comic book fan, this cover wouldn’t entice me to pick up this book. It is by far the worst, most unappealing cover image of the New 52.
Green Arrow #3 is a quick read. It is a story full of action, light on dialogue and plot. Still, it makes the most of the words on the page, and combined with the high-octane images, proves to be the most entertaining, and thought-provoking of the series.
Overall Grade: 9/10