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Ollie Hood and his merry Super Friends
on July 17, 2011
This series follows the events of "Justice League: Cry for Justice", "Justice League: Rise and Fall", and is a tie in, but stand alone series, to the Brightest Day event. Having said all that I really like the previous mentioned series and what goes on in Ollie's own crazy series, in his devastated town, trying to make sense of his life. The White Lantern entity (maybe) created a forest in the middle of the wreckage of Star City. Ollie has taken refuge in there, while still battling the corrupt system that is doing little to help the poor citizens and battling his own personal demons. Also, a ruthless Russian businesswoman has taken over Queen industries giving herself the name The Queen.
Again, this is a really good Oliver Queen/Green Arrow story. Amidst all the craziness going on, he is trying to justify to himself why he does what he does the way he does it and is it worth it? The pain of the all the lives lost of Star City, Black Canary ditching him, his identity exposed and his failure to be any kind of support to his "ward" Roy Harper. The forest manifests itself in ways to challenge his already damaged psyche. The big problem I had, costing this collection a star, was the guilt of the death of the parents which is running amok on all the major DC superheroes the past decade. Come on. Do they all have to have, "I wish I could have saved mommy and daddy" issues? That's Supes and Bats territory, with Martian in regards to his wife and daughter. The only good aspect of this mommy and daddy baggage is that Oliver hates his father and unfortunately has some of his traits, especially regarding the ladies. That ties into the main villain, The Queen, which makes for a good dynamic. Also, Oliver's mother is played up to be the best influence he had. It's just the whole tragic death before the kids eyes is getting really old.
All in all a very good read with great artwork and stunning covers! A great read for Green Arrow fans!
P. S. There is also a couple cameos by some green friends!