Betrayal, Assassins, And Exile For Green Arrow #50 (Final Issue)

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Black Canary has been contacted by old associates in the intelligence community, and they know about the box that Martian Manhunter gave Green Arrow–its contents apparently capable of bringing down the Justice League. Dinah is backed into a corner and tries to get Ollie to give up the box. He is resistant, and a brigade of spies and assassins bomb out Ollie’s home and attack Green Arrow. They want the box at all costs, and Ollie will not relent. He goes on the run from them, believing Black Canary has betrayed him. But has she? And whose side will she choose in the end?

Green Arrow #50 cover by Kevin Nowlan
Green Arrow #50 cover by Kevin Nowlan

Green Arrow #50 is the last issue of this Oliver Queen run, but there are promises of a new series just around the corner.
This issue finds our Emerald Archer at odds with his partner in both romance and crime-fighting, Black Canary, and her old contacts and associates in the spy community.
Naturally, this is a painful issue for Ollie, as he must come to grips with the fact that Dinah seems to have completely sold him out and ruined his life.
Beyond that, it’s a very fast-moving, high-energy, and kinetic issue. Almost every page shows Green Arrow on the move and fighting back against the jackboots that pursue him.
Black Canary herself has decisions to make. She was forced into this position, but she still has power here–and she will use it.
Riot (not the Superman villain) pops up in this issue again, and it seems like she will have a role to play in the future of Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Seattle.
Green Arrow #50 art by Javier Fernandez, John Kalisz, and letterer Andworld Design
Green Arrow #50 art by Javier Fernandez, John Kalisz, and letterer Andworld Design

Javier Fernandez is once again the artist this issue, and he continues to thoroughly impress. He plays with the motion and kineticism well, giving the reader a jolt of energy and excitement while reading the comic. There are a couple of panels where the draw distance for detail is noticeably short, but those are few and do little to weigh down the visual quality. John Kalisz gives this issue a dim and grim tone that suits the drama and betrayal very well.
Green Arrow #50 brings this series to a powerful close, with Ollie Queen set back to square run and left to wonder where his life will next take him. It’s a great issue, and Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Javier Fernandez, and John Kalisz should be proud of the work they’ve done in making Green Arrow feel fresh yet true to his core. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.
Green Arrow #50 comes to us from writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, artist Javier Fernandez, color artist John Kalisz, letterer Andworld Design, cover artist Kevin Nowlan, and variant cover artist Evan “Doc” Shaner.

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