Finally! I’m back into this series. I really didn’t like Jeff Lemire’s run on Green Arrow. I know, I’m like the only person who didn’t. But Arrow’s Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski have got me back on board. Not to mention that Daniel Sampere draws like Bryan Hitch! What a book.
I like how the comic book is in line with the television series in some ways, but not really. I like how he has Diggle as his bodyguard/assistant. I like how Oliver is struggling to keep his Green Arrow work balanced with his running of the family business.
There is a lot going on. Oliver is fending off both Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne, who want to buy off Q-Core. They’ve also introduced Felicity Smoak into the New 52, as a hacktivist who wants to help him. She figured out his secret identity and wants him to know that there is someone plotting to kill him. It turns out that it’s philanthropist John King, who is also trying to kill his runaway daughter Mia Dearden (best known as Speedy from the old 52). Like the previous incarnation, she’s turned to a life of street crime. King is after her, as she has a flash drive filled with whatever his nefarious plan is.
We also get a cool fight between Green Arrow and Merlyn.
Oliver takes Diggle and Felicity to a fundraiser that King is hosting on a blimp. If that doesn’t sound like a trap, then I really don’t know what is. Eventually King reveals his plan to take over America and that he does know that Oliver is the Green Arrow. He then has Oliver and company (and I’m not talking about the Disney movie) thrown off the blimp, with the issue ending with Green Lantern saving them all.