J.T. Krul, Dan Jurgens, and George Perez are all lined up as the creative team behind this book. Unfortunately, the book needs a little more than star power and recognizable creators to offer up a reason to keep picking it up.
For those of you coming in fresh to the DC relaunch, this isn’t the first time that Jurgens and Perez have worked together on a flagging franchise. Their first collaboration was “Teen Titans” back in 1996. That reboot of the Titans featured a bunch of new characters that offered readers a chance to learn and grow with the cast of the book. In theory, this book holds the same premise. The art pairing has decided to give Ollie Queen a look and a youthfulness akin to Justin Hartley’s portrayal of the character on “Smallville.”
My fourteen-year-old daughter thinks Queen now looks like a wannabe-Hawkeye. Her frame of reference for the other bowman comes from the “Thor” movie from this summer, but reflecting on it, I can see the resemblance.
To further muddy the waters, the foes that Krul delivers to his creative compatriots are mundane and very close to boring. We jump into the story as Green Arrow is trailing three criminals who upload their exploits to YouTube. From there we get the obligatory fight scene, but Krul drops in supporting characters of Naomi and Jax, who essentially serve as Green Arrow’s Oracle and Q, to mix metaphors. Naomi plugs into Arrow’s communications and intelligence gear while Jax constructs said gear and provides variance to the shafts in Queen’s quiver.
Krul also drops in some financial and business matters for Oliver Queen with regards to Queen Industries and Q-Core, but doesn’t do much to help the reader differentiate what the correlation is between the two business entities. I’m sure there are plans to help distinguish the two, but given the fact that you can see one from the other when they appear in the comic, the lack of explanation is frustrating.
This book, like a few others I’ve read of this first week of the new DC titles, seems to be a slow-burn set-up as opposed to a complete story. Similarly, there really isn’t enough compelling evidence in this issue for me to come back for more. Krul drops a significant, would-be surprise on the final page, but the surprise rings hollow, as there doesn’t seem to be any significance or notable consequence inherent in it. While I cannot guarantee that I’ll be buying the next issue, I can confidently declare that I will be flipping through the issue to see how this plays out. I wish that I had reason to further investigate this title beyond the artistic pairing delivering the visuals.