By Koppy McFad
May 12, 2007 - 04:39
The cover of this issue has Green Arrow unmasking after being publicly disgraced. It has almost nothing to do with the contents of the book which focuses on the reunion -- in action and in bed-- of Green Arrow and Black Canary. This is likely a clear indication that the contents of this issue were changed after an editorial edict came down that Ollie and Dinah should get back together-- storyline be damned. So in this issue, after busting up Brick's latest attempt to organize a crime syndicate, Arrow and Canary retire to Ollie's room for a 40-hour sex session-- and yes, DC Comics actually tells us that directly. Then, we get another supervillain confrontation-- this time with guys who are smarter than a Brick. Despite the jury-rigged way this story is thrown together, it holds up well. The reconciliation between Oliver and Dinah is quite convincing despite Oliver's history of womanizing. The emphasis on sex does look exploitative but it also shows how intimate-- both physically and emotionally-- the two characters are. The art however looks a bit stiff. McDaniel's style, which was once so unique and powerful, now looks repetitive and muddled. Perhaps he needs a stronger inker.