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Subj: Green Arrow # 30 - Together Again...
Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 at 01:16:41 pm EDT (Viewed 593 times)

Coming on the back of an entertaining run of stories that see Ollie meet and interact with other costumed do-gooders of his ilk the inevitable arrives with this very issue and in comes the one and only Hal Jordan!
There should be no need to discuss the history and ups & downs of this pairing over the years so I won't waste time on the past, instead as writer Ben Percy alludes the past between these two is best left open ended and up to the readers own discretion and awareness to decide upon. In the meantime all that matters for the purposes of this months story is that Hal and Ollie are old acquaintances and pals, and with a plot that comes straight from the world of James Bond what we see unfold mixes the world of Bond-style super-villainry with the world of the classic era of Green Arrow/Green Lantern adventures that came under Writer Denny O'Neil and artist Mike Grell. And not coincidentally this very issue carries a cover from Grell himself harking back to those times!

With Otto Schmidt taking his turn on the visuals this time Green Arrow #30 is as well illustrated as we have come to expect, with an extremely well judged stable of artists playing relay on the series Green Arrow carries a distinct and reader friendly identity with it today, the opening pages of this issue bear fine testament as by rejecting conventional page/panel arrangements Otto Scmidt's turn on art showcases the books strengths, an opening page illustrating Ben Percy's rhetorical query as to what makes people afraid generates numerous samplings from all walks of life - the ordinary factor Worker worrying about the future of his job, the Muslim-American who fears her countries president, the farmer afraid of this years harvest failing. All are fine topics for a story or few, and back in the first legendary pairing between Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams such topics were the story, but it says everything about modern comics that anything political or potentially socially relevant is to be avoided as story fodder with due diligence. The days of writers like O'Neil, Ostrander, and even Ann Nocenti are long gone heydays. Cue space-stations and heavily theatrical pseudo-mystical cults over the teases of normal folks with everyday problems...

Green Arrow in the modernday has no ambitions for relevance, it is purely colourful entertainment. Accept it for what it is and it can still be good fun. So while the broad bones of Ben Percy's story this issue is aping familiar James Bond tropes and the glory days of the Green Arrow/Green Lantern team as Ollie moves to investigate a hidden and utterly unapproachable space station which is eventually located on the other side of the Moon, tellingly it isn't the search for this distant plot-point that is of any interest this issue. Instead it is the first several pages. A playful sequence that sees the reunion of two old friends and rivals, and all of the machismo and laddish ribbing that that long forstalled meeting entails. Ben Percy's scripting between the two for these first pages is infectious and spot on. Whether there ever was a previous trip across America for the two is up to you to decide, but while this modern storyline is no match for that one seen yesterday there is at least some small pleasures still to be had...

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