07 February 2010

Faster than a DC Bullet: Project Star City, Part XIV: Green Arrow and Black Canary: Family Business

Comic trade paperback, 128 pages
Published 2009 (contents: 2008)

Borrowed from the library
Read January 2010
Green Arrow and Black Canary: Family Business

Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Cliff Chiang, Mike Norton, Wayne Faucher, Rodney Ramos, André Coelho
Colorist: David Baron
Letterers: Travis Lanham, Jared K. Fletcher, Steve Wands, Sal Cipriano, Pat Brosseau

After the strong The Wedding Album, Judd Winick returns to form: to add insult to injury, at the beginning of this book, the comatose and brain-dead Connor Hawke is kidnapped. Oliver, Dinah, and Mia spend the book hunting for him, aided by some British "bloke" and various other faces from around the DC universe. By the end of the book... they've actually pretty much accomplished nothing, because it's taken them five issues to find out who didn't do it. I could forgive this if other interesting things were going on, but they're not; mostly, Oliver is just snarling a lot. I did like the fakeout with the aliens, though.

The saving grace of this book is the artwork: Cliff Chiang is the best and most interesting artist this title has had since Phil Hester and Ande Parks left. Mike Norton takes over halfway through the book, but does such a good job that you'd barely know.

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