Green Arrow #8: Island of Scars, Part One Review
“I’ll cook you chili.”
I’m not sure if I could praise this book anymore than I already do, but I’m going to give it a shot. Ever since rebirth, this has been on the top of my pile. It’s just the perfect blend of all the different incarnations of this character throughout the years: from the Golden Age open, ‘till his first solo series done by Mike Grell. Hell, they even throw some elements from the TV show in for good measure.
Not only is the story overall enjoyable, the art is terrific as well. But what really does it for me are all of the small things that I’ve seen going on in this book—little hints and easter eggs that any long-term Green Arrow fans will get.
Ben Percy is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. I think he’s had the best take on this character since the Jeff Lemire run. Whenever Ollie told Diana that he was going to make her chili once they got off the island, I literally gasped out loud reading it; that moment brought back so many memories from that original run. It’s stuff like that (along with all of the other great things) that’s making this my first read of the week every time a new issue is released.
Making this series just that much better, Otto Schmidt has also made his grand return on the book for this story arc—and no offense to any of the other artist that have been filling in since the last time he was on the title. but having him back really raises the series to a whole new level of awesomeness. I honestly wish he could be on the book permanently, but with the twice-a-month shipping, it’s nearly impossible for any artist to keep up with that kind of schedule without going crazy. But they have managed to use other quality artists to help keep the book going during his breaks. So I can’t really complain.
This is part one of the new story arc which finds Oliver & company stranded on an island (it’s yet to be made clear if it’s the same island that he was stranded on before. But with comic book logic the way it is, I find it hard to imagine that it’s not going to be).
When this issue starts, all of the characters are separated and have slowly started to find each other—which should lead to some fun stuff coming up in the next couple of issues. And that’s the good thing about the twice a month shipping; the wait to find out what’s going to happen is nowhere near as long as what it normally would be (which definitely leads to interesting storytelling if done correctly). This title has consistently been one of the best books I have been reading over the last couple of months, and I don’t see any change happening there as long as they keep this up.
Green Arrow gets:
4 out of 5 whiskey shots