I would like to introduce you to DC’s newest hero: Justin Hartley! Not really, of course.
As a fan of the recently ended show of Smallville, I just want to say WOW! I haven’t mentioned the costumes before, but I just can’t ignore how much that cover art makes me think about Justin Hartley. Green Arrow is losing his more Robin Hood styled outfit and seems to be greatly modeled now after the Smallville version. Even his mask on this cover appears more like glasses than it does a mask to go along with Hartley’s version having worn. That is a bit misleading though for in the actual pages the mask does look like the classic domino mask. Even so, I can’t help but think they are trying to appeal to Smallville and Justin Hartley fans with this design. He even has lost his iconic mustache and beard!
Getting to the actual story though, we start off with Emerson complaining about part of Queen Industries (Q-Core) struggling to compete with Wayne Tech, LexCorp, and Holt Industries. He then goes into bashing Oliver Queen himself while Ollie is listening in via a satellite link while working as Green Arrow in Paris. As Green Arrow scopes the city out, he soon comes across three villains who apparently are famous and post videos of themselves on You Tube? Really, that feels like a weak way to try and get attention from You Tube fans into the series. Either way, a fight soon breaks out and we see another new thing taken from the episodes of Smallville: a change to Green Arrow’s bow. I didn’t read a lot of Green Arrow before the relaunch, but I was always under the impression that he hated compact bows. Here he pulls out a small handle that soon expands itself into a compact bow, again much like Hartley’s Green Arrow from the show.
To get down to it on this issue, the fight never dragged me in. It never gave me any sense of dread for Ollie or excitement and was filled with quips that never really felt like a home run. The best thing about it was we got to see some cool trick arrows that the character is known for and a few other devices, but that is about it. Oh, and I really should mention what seems to be two new characters who support Oliver Queen as Green Arrow. One is Naomi who sits at a computer all the time helping Green Arrow as she can through computers. Basically, Naomi felt like Ollie’s personal Oracle and I really don’t know how I feel about that one. The other is Jax who apparently was hired by Queen mainly to make him cool new gadgets to use and generally seems against the idea of vigilantism.
Basic line, this issue was okay, but nothing grand and like Detective Comics #1 it does not feel like it deserves to be Green Arrows brand new start in this new 52. At least the comic generally ends on a nice note where Jax is questioning why Queen goes out as Green Arrow instead of throwing police fund raisers and why he (Jax) was hired to make weapons and devices for Green Arrow to use. Oliver gives Jax the answer that he was hired for Oliver wanted someone designing him new toys who wasn’t doing it just to find new ways to hurt people, and that he does what he does for he doesn’t want to sit on the side lines as people around him get hurt and die.