Review - Green Arrow: Road to Jericho

Posted earlier on Population GO.

Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Scott McDaniel
Inker: Andy Owens

The final volume of the 2001 Green Arrow series, this volume wraps up the series with three little storylines. First up we are filled in on Team Arrow’s actions during the missing year, getting us up to speed in the present. Just as well, as Batman shows up in Star City, hot on the trail of the Red Hood, who has targeted Green Arrow’s partner, Speedy. However, even if Ollie can save Speedy, can he survive secrets which threaten to end his time in the Mayor’s office – and the return of Deathstroke and Drakon?

Does this series end just as strongly as it begun, or does Winick give us an unsatisfying conclusion? Read on to find out.

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Review - Green Arrow: Crawling Through the Wreckage

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Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Scott McDaniel
Inker:
Andy Owens

One year after the horrifying events of the previous volume and Infinite Crisis, Oliver Queen has returned and seeks to rebuild the decimated Star City. This however is not something that Green Arrow can do alone and in order to truly make a difference, Ollie must do something he never expected himself to do – become part of the system, and the mayor of Star City! However, can he survive long enough to make a difference?

Does the universe wide One Year Later jump create an interesting stepping stone for the series? Read on…

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Review - Green Arrow: Heading into the Light

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Writers: Judd Winick, Jim Calafiore
Pencillers: Ron Garney, Tom Fowler, Paul Lee, Ron Lim
Inkers:
Bill Reinhold, Rodney Ramos, Dan Davis

Heading into the Light deals with the aftermath of Green Arrow’s revelations in Identity Crisis. With his home destroyed, Oliver knows that this is a personal attack on himself by someone who knows his civilian identity. The culprit – the vengeful Dr. Light, who has allied himself with a variety of villains who seek to put Oliver through a horrific ordeal in an attempt to break him, threatening to destroy Star City, or kill Ollie’s loved ones.

Is this another strong volume, or does this feel like an unnecessary tie-in which breaks up the series rhythm?

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Review - Green Arrow: Moving Targets

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Writer: Judd Winick
Pencillers:
Phil Hester, Tom Fowler, Eric Battle, Tommy Castillo
Inkers:
Ande Parks, Rodney Ramos, Jack Purcell

Moving Targets is a big trade, collecting #40-50 of the 2001 Green Arrow series. Within this trade, there are three segments, but they all flow together to read as one story. The overall story is that the entirety of Star City’s criminal underworld has been taken over by a ruthless gang leader named Brick, who steps up to take advantage of the chaos caused in the city in the previous volume. With the entire city paralysed by fear, will Green Arrow be able to stop Brick? And how will the family manage, when Mia’s life is turned upside down by some startling news?

After gaining some real momentum with the previous volume, does Winick continue to deliver with this volume?

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Review - Green Arrow: City Walls

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Writer: Judd Winick
Pencillers:
Phil Hester, Manuel Garcia
Inkers:
Ande Parks, Steve Bird

Judd Winick returns with Phil Hester and Ande Parks, continuing on from Straight Shooter. This volume opens with a self-contained issue with Roy visiting the Queen household, with Ollie desperate to get Connor out of the house. Roy takes Connor out on a boy’s night out, with trouble inevitably following them. The main storyline sees Star City hit by a wave of crimes from the Riddler – a gambit designed by millionaire as a distraction whilst he erects a magical barrier around the city, and unleashes a wave of demons that punish even the smallest crime with immediate death.

Is this another solid volume?

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Review - Green Arrow: Straight Shooter

Posted earlier/yesterday on Population GO.

Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Phil Hester
Inker: Ande Parks

Straight Shooter collects Judd Winick’s first storyline after taking over writing duties for the Emerald Archer. Now that Green Arrow has successfully been brought back to life, this volume puts Ollie right back into the thick of action, with him attacking corporate corruption as both Oliver Queen and Green Arrow. As ever though nothing goes smoothly, with the case soon affecting his personal life…

Does Winick effortlessly follow the great work of the previous volumes, or is this a disappointment? Read on to find out.

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Review - Green Lantern: Passing The Torch

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Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller:
Dale Eaglesham
Inker:
Rodney Ramos

The final trade paperback collecting Judd Winick’s run on Green Lantern, this volume deals with Kyle’s new role in the universe after he left Earth in order to help spread the light throughout the cosmos after being horrified by the depths that humanity can reach. Before this however, we get a single story which serves to place John Stewart back into the limelight as being Earth’s Green Lantern, which presumably is the reason for this trade’s name, since nothing else is really passed over.

Is this volume to the same standard as the previous two? Read on to find out.

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Review - Green Lantern: Brother’s Keeper

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Writer: Judd Winick
Pencillers: Dale Eaglesham, Eric Battle
Inkers:
Rodney Ramos, Robert Campanella

This is the third volume of Judd Winck’s collected material, and it features the award-winning storyline Hate Crime which garnered national attention in the US. In Hate Crime, we see Kyle’s assistant Terry lie in a coma after being savagely beaten and left for dead, simply for being gay. Winick gained praise for highlighting the issue of hate crimes in society, whilst returning Green Lantern to being a social conscious character. However, does this hold up as a good story, or is it an unwanted and out of place lecture on the issue?

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Review - Green Lantern: The Power of Ion

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Writer: Judd Winick
Pencillers:
Eric Battle, Dale Eaglesham, Jamal Yaseem Igle, Brandon Badeaux, Pat Quinn
Inkers:
Rich Faber, John Lowe, Rodney Ramos, Al Williamson, Dan Davis

Spinning from the recent reveals of Kyle’s seemingly limitless reserves of power, this volume sees him confront the source, and embrace the power of Ion. Far more than a mere Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner now possesses unimaginable power which pushes him to the limits of near-omnipotence. As Ion, Kyle has great power and potential to do so much more throughout the cosmos, but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

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Review - DC Comics Presents: Green Lantern #1

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Writer: Judd Winick
Pencillers: Darryl Banks, Dale Eaglesham
Inkers: Rich Faber, Rodney Ramos

I’m breaking my trend of only reviewing trade paperbacks here because this giant sized reprint issue was recently released, and it reprints four of the Judd Winick issues that have never been collected before, which come between the first and second tpbs (I’ve reviewed the first one, New Journey, Old Path here).

Part of the ‘DC Comics Presents’ line which reprint material that has not been collected since its original publication, these four issues spotlight Kyle Rayner and Jade, who at the time were romantically involved. So, is this worth buying for the casual reader, or only for fans of the characters?

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