Star City's underworld has been taken over by Brick, a vicious
mountain of a man, and he wants Green Arrow dead. In the midst
of this crisis, Mia Dearden, Green Arrow's new ward, faces
her greatest challenge. Caught up in the euphoria of being
given the costume and sanction of the new Speedy, she is shocked
by sudden tragic news that threatens to change her life forever...
a new threat to Star City. Brick, a huge hulk of a man, has
moved in on the action and wants to send a message to the
underworld and Green Arrow - this is his city now.
Green Archer has other things closer to home to deal with.
Mia Dearden, who wants to be the new Speedy, has some shocking
news to come to terms with - news that makes her all the more
determined to be part of Oliver Queen's family - normal and
costumed. Along the way, our heroes have to contend with a
few robotic villains, including an eight foot tall mechanical
cowboy who calls himself the Duke of Oil.
loved the way that this collection showed Queen's inability
to deal with Dearden's problem. And as much as he wants to
do the right thing, he's not really sure what that is. The
handling of Dearden's "problem" is handled well
- not too sentimental and not too lightly.
word of warning, don't read the blurb on the back of this
graphic novel if you don't want to know one of the minor twists
at it's conclusion. I really wish they'd stop doing this with
the synopsis on graphic novels. Another recent example is
Sacrifice collection. Letting slip that a certain
character turns up may whet the appetite of a potential buyer,
but it will also annoy them when they realise that this character's
inclusion is supposed to by a surprise.
those of you who thought Oliver Queen was a chauvinist in
green tights and a ridiculously stupid goatee... oh wait,
he is... Okay, for those of you who thought that Green Arrow
was a watered down version of Batman, this collection will
make you think again. A joy to read from the first page to
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