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Green Arrow #14

by Alan Rapp on January 11, 2017

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Green Arrow #14 comic reviewIn a packed football stadium and framed for the murder of the star quarterback during the middle of the game, Green Arrow #14 reveals the identity of the latest villain to torture Green Arrow to be the Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn. The pair’s fight around the packed stadium may clear the Emerald Archer’s name for now, but with Merlyn still at large there’s likely to be plenty of more carnage to come.

Aside from Merlyn’s return, Green Arrow #14 is memorable for two things. First, an undercover Black Canary gets pushed into action as a member of the Seattle Police Department while snooping for evidence of Oliver being framed for murder. The second is the high body count Merlyn inflicts while fleeing from his adversary (including stabbing football players in their eyes with arrows).

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Green Arrow #12

by Alan Rapp on December 10, 2016

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Green Arrow #12 comic reviewWith Oliver Queen officially dead and the battle with the Ninth Circle over, Green Arrow and Black Canary set-out to build a new life in Seattle which includes Diggle, a treehouse, and a reluctant promise by the archer to let his alter-ego stay dead (one that it seems he has no intention of keeping). As all this is going on the issue also highlights the city’s mixed reaction to Green Arrow through a newswoman’s reporting of his various appearances and the crimes laid at his feet.

Tensions mount as Green Arrow is caught on camera stopping a violent police officer from beating up a helpless victim. As for Ollie’s company and the enemies that stole both it and his name, they find a new way to target the hero but framing him for a series of public killings by bow and arrow hoping to turn the city against him once and for all.

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Arrow – What We Leave Behind

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2016

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Arrow - What We Leave Behind

Arrow‘s mid-season finale moves beyond the Vigilante and Invasion! story arcs to center its attention back on the season’s looming big bad, Prometheus. Offering flashbacks to Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) early days as Starling City’s vigilante (his costume has certainly gotten better), “What We Leave Behind” begins to fill in gaps about who Prometheus is and why he has a vendetta against Green Arrow (although I would have been more impressed if they actually tied it to First Season episode rather than filming new scenes). From their encounters it’s obvious the Church didn’t tell the villain anything he didn’t know, as Prometheus would have had to know Oliver’s identity years ago to retrace the man’s steps and train with at least one of the same masters (which doesn’t quite jibe with the villain’s actions since arriving in Star City as he only begin to focus on Oliver after Church’s deathbed confession).

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Legends of Tomorrow – Invasion!

by Alan Rapp on December 4, 2016

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Legends of Tomorrow - Invasion!

I guess it’s not surprising that the the show with the biggest cast would be the one to deal best with the Invasion! crossover, even if that does mean that The CW’s weakest super-hero link provides the best episode of the quartet. The final episode reveals the motives for the Dominators‘ arrival and just what they have planned for the Earth’s meta-human population. The fact that Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) time-divergence is responsible for the Dominators, who after the reveal seem more like timecops than killer monsters, was a bit of a surprise. The demand that Barry turn himself over to the aliens or they would kill all the meta-humans on the planet is awkward (given their fear of meta-humans is there any reason to believe they would be satisfied with only Barry?). In much the same way the logic to beating the aliens is questionable (could they really be certain to get every Dominator?), but it does give Barry and Kara (Melissa Benoist) the chance for more tag-team goodness.

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Arrow – Invasion!

by Alan Rapp on December 1, 2016

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  • Title: Arrow – Invasion!
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Arrow - Invasion!

The Invasion! crossover continues, focusing mainly on current and former Arrow cast members who are abducted by the Dominators and thrown into a virtual-reality world in which Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea‘s (Willa Holland) parents are still alive, Diggle (David Ramsey) is the Green Arrow, and Oliver is set to marry Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Haunted by memory flashes of their true lives, Oliver, Thea, Diggle, Ray (Brandon Routh), and Sara (Caity Lotz) come together to fight their way out of the fake reality and back into the real world where they wake up to discover they are aboard a Dominator mother ship in outer space.

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