He may be a member of the Justice League, but Oliver Queen
- the Green Arrow - has always been about fighting the system.
But, after a crisis of infinite proportions, a lot has changed.
To save his beloved Star City, the ultimate rebel must become
part of the system. Say hello to Mayor Ollie Queen. But Star
City has problems that Ollie can't solve with executive powers
or explosive arrows. The city has been torn apart. It's most
downtrodden citizens are prey to gang violence and feral,
mindless drug addicts. Taking advantage of the situation,
corporate raiders seek to turn Star City into a parody of
its former self, making it home to glitzy casinos and unaffordable
housing. And someone has decided that Mayor Queen is enough
of a threat to hire the world's deadliest assassin to kill
him. Of course, the world's deadliest assassin also happens
to be Green Arrow's archenemy. Can Green Arrow hope to take
on public life and Deathstroke at the same time?...
Through the Wreckage
sees Green Arrow return to the streets of Star City after
almost a year's absence. It also sees the election of Oliver
Queen as Major of the city. However, his insistence on making
sure that crime doesn't pay, but the criminals have to, means
that he has made some powerful new enemies.
why is Queen not being as ruthless on crime as he should be?
There are exceptions to every rule, but Queen's insistence
on turning a blind eye to certain elements seems a little
strange. But, when
he yanks the chain of the head of a large company, it would
seem that Queen's days are numbered as Deathstroke is brought
in to kill Queen. Of course, the irony is lost on all but
Deathstroke as, for some unfathomable reason no one has quite
worked out that Queen and the Green Arrow are one and the
could Queen be so short-sighted? Surely he must have known
that pushing around the wrong people was not a very clever
career move. Or, is this all part of a much bigger plan?
Winick really pulls out all the stops with this tale. There
is some genuinely original writing here as the scrapes that
Green Arrow and Deathstroke get into escalate until the final
conclusion. Be prepared to have the rug pulled out from under
you on more than a few occasions. Also, the fact that it's
a Green Arrow Vs. Deathstroke tale means that you know it's
almost guaranteed to be a winner before you open the pages.
Scott McDaniel's artwork is, on the whole, faultless, I didn't
really think it was dark enough to convey the drama in Winick's
original script. It all felt a little Saturday morning cartoonish
in places. That said, it didn't detract from an overall great
collection delivers twist after twist. The end result is not
just one of the most enjoyable Green Arrow stories
I've read in ages, but also one of the best graphic novels
I've seen in quite some time.