I’m just as bad as Black Canary. Maybe I’m worse. I don’t really know. After claiming that “nothing in this issue makes a compelling enough case to come back next issue,” here I am. I don’t know if it’s Ollie Queen’s charm that lured me back, or the promise of something new from writer J. T. Krul, or if I’m simply an easy target for anything with the “Brightest Day” banner on it, but here I am, back for more.
Thankfully, the second issue is more compelling than the first. This issue pops out a revelation or two, such as the nature of the relationship between Ollie Queen and the new owner of Queen Industries. Krul’s story also offers up more than a couple new mysteries. This issue is more exciting than the first issue, thanks to a squad of hired guns mixing it up in the forest with Ollie Queen and Hal Jordan. The two heroes chat about Ollie’s current affairs, giving the reader a nice overview without being overly staged. It’s nice to see these two characters side by side again, and Krul does a good job of keeping both men proud of who they are and what they stand for.
Neves’ art takes a strong step forward in this issue. The skyline of Star City, the gnarled branches of the trees in Star Forest, the stubble on Green Arrow’s cheeks: Neves and Cifuentes deliver the details for this book that features a hero grounded in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy. At times, in part due to the effects applied in the coloring process by Arreola, some of the action gets murky, but closer inspection reveals details a casual glance doesn’t. In other instances, Arreola adds detail with those same effects. There’s a balance that needs to be struck to keep this comic visually engaging and not over-rendered. Arreola seems to be working with a limited color palette here, forsaking blue sky for purple, but it’s not just the sky that’s purple. That seems to be the default background color for panels that need some color contrast. That’s not all bad, but given the near-total use of brown and green for the main part of this story, this book becomes heavily saturated with purple quickly
This issue is capped by an image on the final page that is so very unexpected it all but guarantees that the next issue is going to have a few more surprises in store. This issue definitely has a little more to entice me back for a third installment. In this case, it will be to get some answers to the mysteries of the story.