By: Adam Basciano
“It’s a Tokyo showdown! At an international tech expo that caters to the likes of WayneTech and Queen Industries, party crasher Green Arrow finds himself in the sights of a mystery woman bent on taking down “evil” corporations – like the one Green Arrow owns! His touch melts flesh and burns through steel, and now the nightmare creature known as Midas wants Green Arrow dead! What secret from Green Arrow’s past fuels Midas’s rage, and how does it all tie in to the enigmatic woman known only as Blood Rose? Secrets are revealed as Ollie Queen’s past comes back – to kill him! The secret of Blood Rose revealed! The mystery woman plaguing Green Arrow’s life is exposed, but the shocker isn’t who she is – it’s what she is! Plus: The final battle with Midas, the monstrous half-man whose touch can melt anything – including Green Arrow!” (DC Comics)
When you read that description, these three issues sound pretty exciting. In reality, they’re the exact opposite. This is by far the worst story arc of the New 52, in my opinion. This story boils down to a fight between Oliver Queen, a toxic waste monster, and a female robot. All that stuff about secrets from Oliver’s past, wasn’t in the story I read. There were some great teases that this story could have explored further. For instance, the idea that Oliver has an idea who the toxic waste monster, a.k.a. Midas is. Or at least, what happened to him to make him that way. There’s also the hint that Midas and his robot girlfriend are working for somebody, who is still watching Oliver Queen. Instead of dealing with that, we get more melodrama with toxic Frankenstein and Robot Juliet a.k.a. Blood Rose. Seriously, this is almost as bad as the episodes of Smallville when Lana, Chloe and Lois were witches, and when Lana joined a sorority of vampires.
The art is good. It’s Dan Jurgens after all, and I’ve never seen a page of his art I didn’t like. Having said that, even the art has a “been there, done that” feel to it. Midas looks menacing, although he’s nothing more than a mix of the Hulk and Solomon Grundy. Green Arrow can be seen in action poses that in previous issues looked cool, but now look reused and repackaged. All three covers are the best part of this storyline. Issue #4’s cover is more intriguing than the entire story inside, while the covers to #5 and #6 are action packed.
If you’re a fan of Green Arrow skip these three issues. I wish I had. A new creative team takes over next issue and I’m thankful for that. That’s tough to write since I’m a fan of both Giffen and Jurgens. I enjoyed the Green Arrow book before the relaunch. With stories lie this, I wish this book had gone the Batman and Green Lantern route, and left much unchanged.
Overall Grade: 2/10