It’s not just Green Arrow who faces a difficult challenge in the latest issue, it’s Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelley as well. They dropped Green Arrow into the middle of a no-win situation in the Middle East, and have to find a satisfactory resolution, true to all the complicated issues they raised. Hats off to them, they do it well.
As with the first half of the tale, this is a dark and gritty story, and the art, by Marcio Takara, emphasizes that perfectly.
The tale takes a turn I was not expecting, as Green Arrow winds up working with a rag tag gang of kids, with powers that roughly mirror those of the Justice League.
Now normally, that would not bode well, implying a really clean and easy resolution to the tale. But that is not what gets delivered. Yes, things do work out better than I expected them to. And the resolution is clean, in that the story comes to a very clear ending. But the larger issues, those of the way people wind up pawns in power games of major forces that simply want to exploit them, are not shunted off to the side, and are integral to the way the tale plays out.
I really wouldn’t mind if we wound up coming back to Rhapastan in a later issue, and catching up with the Children of Vakhar. Enough groundwork was laid in this two part story to make me interested in the situation that will develop after the story is completed.