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Green Arrow (Return, Vol. 5): City Walls

The Riddler is loose in Star City. Apparently he’s decided to expand his franchise outside Gotham. But Green Arrow and Speedy soon discover that Riddler is a front, a distraction, for something bigger and badder. A millionaire named Davis wants to keep Star City safe, whatever it takes. He summons a magical barrier around Star City, one that even Superman can’t penetrate. No one can get in or out. What’s worse, he’s also summoned demons who uphold the law to the letter. These demons will appear to uphold the peace; from grand theft auto to a shove, nothing is above their notice. Green Arrow will have to break the spell, but he can’t possibly fight an army of demons all by himself, right?

… Man, I’m pretty done with this run. I don’t know if this volume was truly subpar or if I was reading it in the car on a road trip I didn’t want to take in the first place and was projecting =P I remember being frustrated with the last volume for some Women in Refrigerators plot points, and while this volume didn’t have as much of that, I still don’t think I’ll be continuing this run.

The art continues to be the reason I keep trying to read this arc. I’m a big fan of the bold lines and graphic style. However, it continues to be the only constantly good thing in the run.

The writing for the most part is solid. Most of the stories in this run have been compelling, especially those that are dealing with heavy character introspection and development. This kind of writing only seems to be reserved for the male characters, however. Mia Dearden finally put on a mask in this volume. I’d been waiting for it for a few volumes now, but couldn’t bring myself to get excited when it happened, because it felt like I’d slogged through too much male resistance to get there. Gee, that sounds pretty familiar in a Green Arrow story…

This run started with so much promise for me, but petered out quickly. Hit me up if there’s an iteration of Green Arrow that isn’t so macho manly man centered!

– Kathleen

Winick, Judd, and Phil Hester. Green Arrow (Return, Vol. 5): City Walls. 2005.

Green Arrow (Return, Vol. 3): The Archer’s Quest

Oliver Queen died, and then came back. He left behind a lot of people he cared about. He also left behind artifacts – his prized possessions from his time as the Green Arrow. He enlists Roy Harper’s help in retrieving them. It’s just like the old days – Green Arrow and Arsenal, out and around town! The reason why they’re gathering Ollie’s old things is to protect everyone’s identities. Not just Oliver’s, but Dinah’s, Roy’s, and their families. He did it to protect their secrets, but Ollie is still keeping the biggest secret of all…

Man, what a twist at the end. Ollie is a study in duality, even more so than Batman. That’s part of why I continue to read this run; Ollie’s character is so fascinating. Phil Hester’s art is clean and dynamic and is also a huge draw for me. I don’t want to say too much to avoid spoilers – but I can’t wait to see how Ollie’s secrets will come to light, if they do at all.

– Kathleen

Meltzer, Brad, Phil Hester, and Ande Parks. Green Arrow (Return, Vol. 3): The Archer’s Quest. 2003.

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