I’m typically always excited when I read a new Green Arrow comic. He’s quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite superheroes and I’ve been collecting a lot of his books lately. I don’t think anyone’s run with Green Arrow will top Mike Grell’s excellent Longbow Hunters, but I always try to go into each new arc with an open mind. That’s what I did with Citizen’s Arrest and I walked away incredibly disappointed.
Citizen’s Arrest is all over the place and isn’t a complete story in my opinion. I feel like the first story being told in this book shouldn’t be in it because it’s so separate from the rest of the story. I hate when comics assume that I’m going to buy a completely different comic to read up on the end, or middle, of what started in someone else’s story. I honestly didn’t care much for this book until I was more than halfway through it. It was very mediocre and I felt like the Benson sisters did a poor job at portraying Oliver Queen here. His trick arrows are back (I prefer him without them) and I had a hard time taking him seriously because for a good portion of this book he has no idea what he’s doing.
What I wanted here was a self-contained Green Arrow story that has nothing to do with Superman or any of the Justice League members. Now, they did make a ballsy decision to kill off a well-known character. I actually really enjoyed that part of it, but the main bad guy. You know, the one behind everything and is the one manipulating the citizens of Seattle to vote on these grizzly murders is so… generic. It’s literally been done before so many times and the fact that the bad guy is not memorable in any way hurt this story a lot. Why should I care about his motives when the writing here is so weak?
The only thing that really sticks out to me is the funeral. Not even the artwork jumped out at me. Javier Fernandez did an okay mob here, but I was fresh off reading The Longbow Hunters and the art in that book is incredible even all these years later. It’s also much more detailed than the boring, generic work that was done here. I’m just not a fan of it. I remember showing my brother the side by side differences of this book and The Longbow Hunters and even he (he’s not a comic reader) agreed that the art in Longbow Hunters was better. Am I nitpicking here? Yes, but I tend to do that when I’m having a hard time coming up with anything positive to write about a book.
In the end, I won't remember Julie and Shawna Benson's take on Green Arrow. It was honestly a really boring read that had flashes of something good, but then went back to being completely mediocre and that's exactly what this book is. Average in every way imaginable.