Benjamin Percy and Juan Ferreyra do a truly exceptional job with Green Arrow 38, which serves as the conclusion to the trial of Oliver Queen, the existence of Star City, and the Fall of Red Arrow storyline.
The effect of all these linked plot threads is to create a status quo for Green Arrow that, on the one hand, harmonizes with the mood of the tv show, and on the other hand restores much of the classic elements of Green Arrow eradicated in the New 52.
Honestly, even if Percy hadn’t done such a great job with the massive task, this issue would still be worth reading, simply for Ferreyra’s art. It looks like it was painted, the colouring is so gentle, and the detail on the people so warm and lifelike. Every single page of the story is a composition of merit.
Oliver Queen can be a difficult character to pull off well. Raised in a world of privilege, he has a background that is pretty much reprehensible, an abrasive personality that seeks out conflict, and yet has the most noble goals and an irrepressible idealism. He is a mass of contradictions, and when written well, Green Arrow is a character one can admire, without thinking one would actually want to hang out with him.
I really appreciated that Percy has not abandoned the music career that Black Canary had been given in her own, short-lived recent book. The song she composes in this issue about her relationship with Oliver is perfect, and could not have been expressed any better.
I felt such satisfaction when the story was over, I was ready to applaud, buy some popcorn, and come back for another showing.