Green Arrow/Black Canary #4 came out this week and caused an interesting flow of discussion. One element in the opening of the comic seems particularly noteworthy.
(The following links and excerpts likely contain spoilers)
Brian Andersen, to his surprise, actually liked the book, particularly one scene:
The best part of this story was Ollie yelling for Superman’s help. Being that Superman hears all, it was clever to have Ollie grow from a whisper to a shout. Although, why didn’t he just yell for Clark when he was held captive on Paradise Island? Maybe he didn’t think of it at the time? I also enjoyed the influx of heroes in this issue, although the only reason any of them showed up is for Ollie, as his son Connor has largely been forgotten by the rest of the DCU, despite his brief foray into Grant Morrison’s JLA run. The heroes’ concern speaks volumes for their affection for Ollie and Dinah. Writer Judd Winick smartly brings in the big guns to address the trauma Team Arrow faces and it’s great to see so many characters offer support and appreciation.
The opening bit with calling for help from Clark was a great scene, but, if you think about it too hard, it makes it seem like Superman is basically only listening for his close friends since he’s not saving every single person that’s calling for help around the world. So, while I like this book, I recognize it’s a far cry from the greatest thing ever written.
Steven Padnick did not like that scene:
Now, the logical response for anyone in the DC Universe to horrible circumstances is to shout “Superman, save me!” because, more often than not, he will (Kurt Busiek did a good story about that last year). But in terms of story, nothing sucks out the suspense like knowing the heroes aren’t really in any danger because a demigod is waiting in the wings. For story purposes, Black Canary/Green Arrow has to exist in a world without a superman.
So what did you think?