Saturday, April 29, 2017
Green Arrow, Volume 2: Island of Scars
author: Benjamin Percy
average rating: 3.66
book published: 2017
read at: 2017/04/29
date added: 2017/04/29
'Green Arrow, Volume 2: Island of Scars' is three stories, with two told in flashback. This is ok, except if you haven't read the previous volume, the shift to the present will be a bit confusing.
In the last volume, Oliver Queen lost everything and is stranded on an island again, but the book starts with a story about his half-sister Emiko that also has a flashback embedded in it. Emiko and her mother are in Tokyo and Emiko is trying to get her mother out of the debt she owes to crime boss Oyabun. In a flashback to happier days with Green Arrow (you know, when he had money and a place to live in Seattle), she recalls a case involving The Clock King. For some reason The Clock King can see the future of everyone but Emiko, and that ends up saving Green Arrow. Finally we get to the present and Ollie is stranded, but he's not alone: Black Canary and John Diggle are stranded with him.
This collects issues 6-11 of the latest series. I like Emiko, but I feel like her story should be better developed or she's just going to feel like so many other teenage sidekicks. I think there could be more to this character, but I'm not feeling it yet. The second half of the book is better with Ollie, Dinah and John figuring out how to stay alive and get off the island.
The art in this book was really good. I love the W. Scott Forbes covers on the early issues. They are very striking. Stephen Byrne's work on the Emiko/Ollie issues are good. Otto Schmidt's work on the island issues is really good. Juan Ferreyra inks the last issue well too.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank ou for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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