Writers Julie and Shawna Benson begin their run on Green Arrow. With Javier Fernandez on art, the new creative team starts their first story arc, Citizens Arrest. The trios first issue, Green Arrow #43, seems to fall short of impressing the reader. They begin with a story that feels all too familiar.
A new villain for DC comics, The Citizen, has taken to television and social media to start some form of a rebellion against the rich and corrupt. The story of a character using television or the media against the corrupt seems a bit old hat to be honest.Credit: Green Arrow #43 (DC Entertainment)
Oliver Queen’s Being Sued
The story begins with Green Arrow and Arsenal stationed at a protest taking place in Seattle. Jubal Slade has ordered a demolition of some of the city’s housing. While protestors stay inside the building, Slade orders the detonation anyway.
Thankfully for the tenants, Arrow and Arsenal are able to get them out of the building before it collapses. Back at the Queen industries building, lawyer Kate Spencer informs Oliver of the thousands of lawsuits he has against him. Though, despite this sounding like a serious issue, Oliver carelessly blows it off.
Green Arrow #43 continues with Oliver, Canary, and Roy at lunch. This scene actually provides a bit of humor. Oliver being a chili aficionado, refuses to try the bars chili calling it “hot tomato water.” Oliver’s plan was to tell Roy where the box Martian Manhunter gave him is in case anything happened to him.Credit: Green Arrow #43 (DC Entertainment)
The two are interrupted when on the television we are introduced to The Citizen. The Citizen speaks to the people of Seattle to work together and overthrow the rich and powerful. I would have liked to see the creative team show a bit more creativity here. Again, we’ve seen this before. The Citizen feels much like the character “V,” from V for Vendetta.
Later that night, The Citizen makes another appearance on television. He reveals that he has taken Jubal Slade prisoner. He asks for the public to vote whether or not he should live or die. Surprisingly the public votes for death.
Arrow and Canary move in quick to try and rescue Slade. Their attempt to save him is too little too late, and Slade is killed. Canary and Arrow search the area to find The Citizen was never broadcasting from their position. The Citizen continues his monologue, revealing that he will expose three more corrupt targets. This list starts with our one and only, Oliver Queen.
Javier Fernandez brings a much different art style to Green Arrow #43 than what we’ve seen in the series to this point. The art is good, but it doesn’t bring much excitement to the pages. Not to say that the art is bad, just none of the pages pop out at you.
Fernandez does succeed at creating emotion in the characters expressions that matches great with the dialogue. Fernandez’s style does not hurt the issue in any way but is not as intriguing as Matthew Clarks who previously worked on the book.
Final Thoughts On Green Arrow #43
For the creative teams’ first issue of their run, Green Arrow #43 was a bit of a disappointment. The plot of the story feels as though it has been done before and felt very predictable. It is clear the team wants to take on real-life issues through their book. Though, after their first issue, we will find out if they can bring readers in.
The dialogue and art were not bad by any means. They just fail to live up to their predecessors. It will be interesting to see how they continue the story and if they have any twists to throw us off. Now that The Citizen calling out Oliver Queen to the public, it should be fun to see how they react.