The second Green Arrow annual is a really good tie in to No Justice. The tale begins before the events of the miniseries, and concludes after No Justice has finished. So we get an entirely different perspective on the events taking place in that book, and an expansion of Green Arrow’s role in it.
Far too often these kind of tie ins feel superfluous, like a cheap cash grab. The Bensons and Carnero deliver up an issue that both stands on its own, and also increases one’s appreciation of the book being crossed over with. That is no small feat!
Amanda Waller plays a part in this, of course. Most of Green Arrow’s scenes in No Justice include her. But significant parts also go to Batgirl and the Martian Manhunter. The box that Green Arrow receives from the Manhunter at the end of No Justice is the hook on which the Bensons hang this story, but they keep the contents a mystery.
What is more important is that Green Arrow earns the right to have this box. Whatever is in it is something so powerful that it can serve as a game changer, something that could outdo the entire Justice League. Green Arrow is often on the outs with the other heroes, and the last couple of years of this book have been dedicated to having him rebuild himself, and gain the respect of heroes who he frequently pisses off.
The tale is well told, and the art is very strong as well. Lots of emotion on the faces, and very strong actions sequences.
Frankly, I wasn’t expecting anything quite so good out of this issue. It was a pleasant surprise, and that’s always something nice to be able to say.