comicsthegathering dot com logo

Green Arrow #45 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on October 03, 2018

Writers: Julie Benson and Shawna Benson
Artist: Javier Fernandez
Colourist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Deron Bennett
 
Ah, Heroes in Crisis. Already starting to artificially affect our books now, huh? For the record, I'd like to make clear that I saw this coming a mile away. The hyper-focus on Roy in the first issue of this new run, #43, made it abundantly clear that Roy was going to bite it in the first issue of Crisis, that Oliver was going to go through the ringer to get through this.
 
Surprisingly, this issue was entirely focused on Roy's funeral. There's a reference or two to the Citizen, the new villain making the rounds in Star City, but there's not much else. And hence, there simply isn't much to talk about unless you want to read a beat-by-beat plot description.
 
I had some problems with the art here. I've been supportive of Javier Fernandez in this run but, on a whim, this book looks awful. There's some weak character work and a few anatomy discrepancies that I found troubling, like a flashback scene featuring a yelling Roy with an abnormally large mouth.
 
I mostly like what the Bensons do with the story. They're attempting to use Roy's death to fuel Oliver's character going forward, which is something I can get behind. It could have been handled worse.
 
There isn't much to this issue. If you're reading Heroes in Crisis and feel the need to read this in order to get the full story, then I'm here to tell you this issue is completely unnecessary to the main event.
 

Our Score:

6/10

A Look Inside