Weekend Warriors – Teen Titans (Vol 3) #1

The cover to Teen Titans (Vol 3) 1
Modern Dance Camp and the Teen Titans are the two youth clubs which require wearing spandex.
From Series: Teen Titans (Vol 3)

What Happened:

Being a teen is hard. We’ve all heard it. It’s a particle in the “facts of life” atmosphere we breathe and have yet to choke. Like “never go to bed angry” and “swimming after a big meal will kill you” it is undeniably true. Being a super-powered teen seems to be easier though! For instance, Superboy (Conner Kent) regularly skips school to go flying and do some on-brand crop circle graffiti. Fun!

Superman (Clark Kent) thinks Conner could be doing more with his time, or at least cause less of a negative effect on the nation’s wheat yield, so he signed him up for the new Teen Titans. This version of the Teen Titans is half super hero training camp and half youth group. So Conner’s weekends will now be filled with battles to the death and acoustic covers of The Goo Goo Dolls.

A multitasking Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Robin (Tim Drake) have a similar conversation while fighting for their lives. Unlike Superman, Batman isn’t concerned with Tim’s school work. He just wants Tim to see his friends more and not become a secluded weirdo. Batman is not self reflective.

The first and third men to call themselves The Flash (Jay Garrick and Wally West), debate letting Impulse (Bart Allen) join the Teen Titans. Jay thinks only being responsible for the super-speed powered teenager with ADHD four days a week instead of seven is a great idea. A GREAT idea. Wally is a little more precious with what the Teen Titans stand for and isn’t sure Bart’s ready to be held to that standard. After all, super heroes who don’t take things seriously can get people killed. They agree to give Bart a try on the Titans but Wally doesn’t expect much from Bart. Bart hears the whole exchange.

The final recruit, Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), is picked up from school by Starfire (Koriand’r) during a particular bad day. Cassie punched her principal’s desk into pieces. It’s never stated out loud but she probably broke a rule while doing this, so Cassie is pretty sure she’s in trouble. She’ll get a call home at the least.

Meeting Beast Boy (Garfield Logan) and hearing Cyborg (Victor Stone) over the loud speaker at their new headquarters The Titans Tower in the San Fransisco Bay really sets the tone for how weird the weekend is going to be for the four friends. Things were already pretty awkward between them though. The last time they hung out a bunch of people died. So hugs are given but not appreciated among the teens.

Later that night, Tim and Conner are wondering if the whole Teen Titans idea is pointless when Tim gets an email. The email is about from where the human half of Conner’s DNA comes. Tim and Conner and both shocked to read it is Lex Luthor. This is probably spam and shouldn’t be taken seriously though because we’ve all gotten that email that starts “HALF YOUR DNA IS A LEX LUTHOR SEND CREDIT CARD NOW”.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Beast Boy learned how to romance women from Tex Avery cartoons.

Creators:
Writers: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Mike McKone
Inker: Marlo Alquiza
Colourist: Jeromy Cox
Letterer: Comicraft
Editors: Tom Palmer Jr., Eddie Berganza
Executive Editor: Dan DiDio

Batman Buys a Victory – JLA #15

The cover to JLA (Vol 1) #15
I’ll never understand how the United States Justice System works.

From Series: JLA (Vol 1)

What Happened:

Back in the present time, Superman (Clark Kent), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz), an undercover Green Arrow (Connor Hawke), and Aztek (Uno) are trying to stop Lex Luthor and his Injustice Gang. The biggest problem they face is Lex’s Philosopher’s Stone, which can make anything he imagines come true. Also, unknown to the Justice League, if the stone is destroyed it will lead their world to the nightmare future Aquaman (Arthur Curry), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), and The Flash (Wally West) were sent to.

Lex tries to scare Aztek into joining the Injustice Gang with the fact that his company actually funded all of the technology which powers Aztek’s armor. Also, her tries to scare Aztek by trapping him in the JLA Watchtower with a lot of nuclear warheads. Both methods do not work! Aztek refuses to switch sides and gets to work defusing all the warheads. A hopeless task, since there are too many… and not enough time… and he is a super hero in the comic book story…!

On Earth, Batman, Superman and Martian Manhunter get ready to fly into space and take on the Injustice Gang. They have a little bit of an advantage in the form of three spies Batman has working for him on Lex’s secret satellite.

One of those spies is uncovered by the Injustice Gang when The Joker is found tied up and hidden away while another Joker is busy taunting Lex. Lex does something he probably should not need this much justification for and shoots the annoying Joker. The bullet passes through him without harm. This is because the fake Joker is actually the shape changing Plastic Man (Patrick “Eel” O’Brian)!

Plastic Man is in the perfect position to start taking out the Injustice Gang before the reinforcements arrive but instead decides to harass Circe. Not time well spent.

Green Arrow, who has been pretending to turn against the JLA then reveals his true motives and allows Batman and the others teleport onto the satellite. They battle, and at one point Superman is turned into a radio wave because of his new powers and shot into space like an old Johnny Unitas football game broadcast. The JLA is victorious though, just like the conclusion to last issue spoiled.

Then Green Lantern, returning from the apocalyptic future, is able to warn Martian Manhunter in time to stop Superman from destroying the Philosopher’s Stone. BUT IT WASN’T THE PHILSOPHER’S STONE. THE JOKER ACTUALLY HAS THE REAL PHILOSOPHER’S STONE. SO WHY DID IT MATTER.

EXPLAIN THAT, TIME TRAVEL.

Martian Manhunter is able to telepathically make Joker sane for just enough time to use the Philosopher’s Stone and undo all of The Injustice Gang’s damage. Aztek and Green Arrow then quit the Justice League because things got hard and they didn’t like that.

Metron, now working on the side of the angels again, takes the Philosopher’s Stone and delivers it to the Hourman (Matthew Tyler) of the future. Hourman is told there’s another time disruption coming for the Justice League and it’ll be his job to fix it this time.

It’s cute how Metron and Hourman take turns!

Metron then visits the guardians of the Wonderworld, and lets them know the approaching war they have dedicated their lives to fighting won’t be fought by them. Oh well. Time for them to figure out if they have any other hobbies worth pursing. Try cooking! You get to eat your hobby when your hobby is cookie!

BACK. On. EARTH…

Superman, Batman, and Aquaman have decided to disband the Justice League.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Doctor Light has a lot of great and terrible powers like “Make everything red” and “Make everything green.”

The Creators:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Howard Porter, Gary Frank, Greg Land
Inker: John Dell, Bob McLeod
Colorist: Pat Garrahy
Separations: Heroic Age
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editors: Dan Raspler and Peter Tomasi

Ollie Goes To Heaven – Green Arrow (Vol 3) #7

The cover to Green Arrow (Vol 3) #7
Using arrows to solve all your problems is getting a little ridiculous, Ollie.

From Series: Green Arrow (Vol 3)

What Happened:

Green Arrow (Ollie Queen) is sort of dead. ONLY SORT OF. When Etrigan killed him after Jason Blood realized the resurrected Ollie was a hollow (a body without a soul) Hal Jordan was able to save him just in time. Hal is one of Ollie’s best friends and used to be The Green Lantern, but these days he’s paying back a penance by fulfilling the role of the spirit of vengeance: The Spectre.

After some very showy flair from Hal, Ollie punches him in the fact mostly because Ollie is confused by EVERYTHING these days. Ollie’s memory stops decades ago because of a complication with his resurrection and now he doesn’t remember Hal dying, or Hal turning evil, or any of the other wacky fun of the 90’s. Thus, punching a demigod like The Spectre in the face is probably not too crazy of an action considering where he’s at right now.

Hal takes Ollie on a tour of the afterlife and does his best to explain how he came back to life. It seems, one of Hal’s last acts as the evil Parallax was to bring Ollie back using a microscopic trace of him left on Superman (Clark Kent)‘s uniform from YEARS AGO.

The decision to leave this revived version of Ollie without some memories was done by a mysterious source who Hal is keeping secret. So NO SPOILERS OK!?

It’s Ollie.

Anyway, Ollie and Hal run into The Flash (Barry Allen), Deadman (Boston Brand), Robin (Jason Todd), and The Phantom Stranger in heaven, all of whom drop mountain sized hints that there are now two Ollie’s in heaven. Hollow Ollie would rather frown at people and want to punch them for being different than he remembers instead of pick up on these clues.

Then they go to a field and find an older version of Ollie (SURPRISE!!!) shooting archery. What. Is. Going. ON.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Superman is pretty gross.

The Creators:
Writers: Kevin Smith
Pencilers: Phil Hester
Inkers: Ande Parks
Colourists: Guy Major
Letterers: Sean Konot
Cover Artists: Matt Wagner
Executive Editor: Mike Carlin
Editors: Michael Wright, Bob Schreck

JLA #13

The cover to JLA (Vol 1) #13
Multiple pupils, so you can’t tell who’s dress the Martian Manhunter is looking down. What a creep.

From Series: JLA (Vol 1)

What Happened:

When Aquaman (Arthur Curry), The Flash (Wally West), and Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) returned from deep space they had to travel the speed of light to do this. Something went wrong though and when they arrived on Earth they got there 15 years too late. They all get zapped into their older bodies which have spent 15 years on an Earth conquered by Darkseid.

Aquaman is one of the few heroes left. He’s a little dazed after finding himself in a much older body. After joining a battle with Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira) he gets all the kinks out and back into the swing of things. Most of the Earth’s population have been turned into mindless servants of Darkseid. So the two of them are fighting a losing war.

They manage to escape Darkseid’s forcing through the sewer and meet with a depowered and formally brainwashed Green Lantern. Green Lantern in this future became a brainwashed soldier of Darkseid but his past self getting zapped into his future body freed him. The Flash is worse off. The will of his older self has been broken and cut off from the Speed Force, his source of power. So he’s stuck unable to help and unable to use his powers to travel back into the past. This leaves only one way to go back in time and stop Darkseid before he takes over the Earth: they have to use Darkseid’s own time travel technology.

Waaaaiiit… If Darkseid has time travel technology couldn’t he just go back even FURTHER and undo their undo-ing of his doing? NO SSSSTTOOOPP THINKING ABOUT ITTTT!! BRAAAAIIINNN, YOUUU’RREE HEEADING FORRR A CLIIFFFFF!

In this future Superman (Clark Kent) died. He took his own life after he was forced to mercy kill his wife Lois Lane. Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz) was tortured to death by Darkseid’s minions. Batman (Bruce Wayne) was captured by Darkseid’s servant Desaad and never heard from again. THINGS ARE GRIM. The remaining JLA-ers, who Green Lantern has no problem disrespecting… even though he has no powers… and it his future self joined the bad-guys, are outgunned.

Fortunately, Desaad’s base is completely unguarded. They break in without any problems! What a stroke of luck. In the base they find Batman in charge. Batman? Turns out he has been posing as Desaad for the last two months (Batman defeated him in an unsubscribed “battle of wits”).

With Batman back to help them things are starting to get just a little less oppressively hopeless until they realize Darkseid has already arrived and intends to speed up Earth’s destruction.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Green Lantern really became a diva after he joined the JLA.

The Creators:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Howard Porter
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: Pat Garrahy
Separations: Heroic Age
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editors: Dan Raspler and Peter Tomasi

JLA #12

The cover to JLA (Vol 1) #12
Smells like a gym bag down here.
From Series: JLA (Vol 1)

What Happened:

Lex Luthor has created a new Injustice Gang with the intent of finally taking down the Justice League of America. His plan of luring Superman (Clark Kent) and Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz) to a decoy space station… worked pretty well! Even Lex is in shock. He can’t believe the dummies blew themselves up in space.

BUT WAIT. This is Electric Blue Superman. He has mysterious powers that aren’t revealed fully yet. What his newest power? Explosions don’t bother him none? Thrilling adventure! Great.

Lex pushes forward with his other plan, guilting Aztek (Uno) the newest member of the JLA into joining his team. Aztek don’t wanna, but he’s the only person who’d be able to stop the prophesied return of an evil god. Luthor asks how could Aztec stop a god if he’s been blown up by a bunch of nuclear bombs. He asks this because he just teleported a bunch of armed nuclear bombs in the JLA watchtower with Aztek.

So it’s a relevant question.

The Watchtower is empty except for Aztek because the rest of the team ran off to help the New God Metron. Metron sent Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), The Flash (Wally West), and Aquaman (Arthur Curry) on a quest to find the philosophers stone before Darkseid did. It is a wild goose chase though. Green Lantern learns from the time traveling Hourman (Matthew Tyler) that if the JLA BEATS the Injustice Gang, Darkseid will lose the Philosopher’s stone and destroy the Earth in anger.

Flash, GL and Aquaman convince the mind-blowing superheroes guarding the edge of the universe from an oncoming threat to send them back home. They get there just in time to be TOO LATE. Haha. Tricked you there! Because if the hellish fire pit in place of where Europe used to rest can be trusted, Darkseid has already begun conquering of Earth.

What I Learned From This Comic:

No matter how large, important, or reality bending a super hero team is, they always need a conference table.

The Creators:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Howard Porter
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: Pat Garrahy
Separations: Heroic Age
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editors: Dan Raspler and Peter Tomasi

Green Arrow (Vol 3) #4

The cover to Green Arrow (Vol 3) #4
Figures the one day Aquaman didn’t have time to touch up his gray would be the day of an impromptu photo shoot.
From Series: Green Arrow (Vol 3)

What Happened:

Green Arrow (Ollie Queen) and Aquaman (Arthur Curry) are in combat with Black Manta. Aquaman is super surprised that Green Arrow is alive (because he was not the last time anyone checked) but manages to keep his cool about the whole thing. He’s also pretty focused on his arch enemy, Black Manta, and has gotten really stoked about finally killing him. Before he can ram his hook hand through Manta’s chest, Green Arrow stops him with a lasso arrow.

After turning in the criminal to the authorities Aquaman decides he’s going to surprise the rest of the Justice League with Green Arrow’s return and teleports them both to the JLA’s home base on the moon, the Watchtower.

Meanwhile, we learn there is something creepy going on with Green Arrow’s new friend Stanley Dover. He is hiding something from Ollie and the young Mia Dearden.

In another part of the city, the Star City Slayer takes another homeless child from the street. The kid seems to recognize this person and follow him willingly. While this is happening, the caged monster we’ve been seeing in shadows is mourning the absence of his friend.

Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira), The Flash (Wally West), and Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onnz) are the first to arrive at the Watchtower after Aquaman’s summons and are pretty crabby about it. You’d think their lifestyles didn’t ever call upon them needing to come quickly to important events with their attitudes. Also, The Flash is worried that his wife might think he’s having an affair. Why would Linda Park think her husband, The Flash, would be having an affair because he gets a call to go to the Watchtower? That probably happens every night. Maybe work on your marriage a little there, Wally. It doesn’t stop at the wedding! It’s an ongoing project!

Anyway, after some awkward crowd work (Isn’t Aquaman supposed to be a king who gives speeches and stuff?) Aquaman introduces Ollie. Everyone is surprised, but not really because super heroes come back all the time. Then Wonder Woman kisses Ollie for no reason because she’s a feminist icon and Kevin Smith is a master writer (Buh.).

Green Arrow is confused though. He doesn’t know why Wally is wearing Barry Allen’s old costume. And he doesn’t understand where his best friend Hal went. Or why Kyle Rayner is dressed like the Green Lantern. Or why Superman (Clark Kent) hugs him like they haven’t seen each other in years. Finally when he sees a photo of the Justice League with a boy he’s never seen before (Connor Hawke) dressed as Green Arrow he decides the team has gone crazy and is replacing all its members with more impressionable children. He points an arrow at the Watchtower’s glass window and threatens to blow a hole into the outer space outside.

Before Green Arrow can kill all his friends because he’s mad about work politics Batman (Bruce Wayne) knocks him out. Batman takes his unconscious body with him back to the Batcave.

Back on Earth, Oracle (Barbara Gordon) contacts the Black Canary (Dinah Lance) and tells her about the news report of her dead ex-boyfriend Ollie Queen fighting Black Manta.

What I Learned From this Comic:

Never invite Wonder Woman to a meeting she doesn’t need to sit in on.

The Creators:
Writers: Kevin Smith
Pencilers: Phil Hester
Inkers: Ande Parks
Colourists: Guy Major
Letterers: Sean Konot
Cover Artists: Matt Wagner
Executive Editor: Mike Carlin
Editors: Michael Wright, Bob Schreck

JLA #11

The cover to JLA (Vol 1) #11
“Now where did I leave those blue and green crayons?”
From Series: JLA (Vol 1)

What Happened:

Lex Luthor has constructed an Injustice Gang to take down the JLA because he thinks Superman made the team just to spook him. Well Lex Luthor isn’t spooked by a team of demi-gods! And Lex Luthor doesn’t make wild assumptions about other people’s actions! Lex Luthor wouldn’t make a mistake like that! Lex Luthor doesn’t make mistakes, this is why he has a murderous clown on his team.

The Flash (Wally West), Superman, Aquaman (Arthur Curry), Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz), Aztek (Uno), and Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) meet on the Watchtower to discuss the recent attack by their evil holographic clones. Aquaman uses his fish connections to discover his clone was spotted in a part of the ocean right before that part of the ocean vanished. Batman (Bruce Wayne) also Skypes into the meeting to let everyone know large chunks of air have been disappearing.

Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) calls in an alert that the missing ocean has shown up in California and the JLA sends Green Lantern to fix that catastrophe. Meanwhile, Superman and Martian Manhunter go to investigate the source of the teleporting air and water.

Green Lantern fixes everything with a wacky cartoon and then decides to take the rest of the day off with Green Arrow. They hang out at a diner and complain about work. Circe is conveniently at this diner and uses her power over men to plant distrust between Green Arrow and the rest of the team.

While investigating the source of the teleportation, Superman and Martian Manhunter get stuck in a hologram of a maze controlled by Joker’s brain. J’onn is only able to navigate out of it after shape-shifting his own brain into something equally as crazy as Joker’s, but then Superman goofs and sets of a bomb.

Metron of the New Gods busts into the Watchtower to set up the next story line. C’mon man! We’re not finished with this one yet! He needs The Flash, Aquaman, Aztec to help him find the philosopher’s stone before Darkseid.

Back on earth Batman gets to play dress up and finds Plastic Man. Then he reveals to Robin he knows Lex Luthor is behind all the troubles the JLA is having and prepares to go to war with him not as The Dark Knight but as the sketchy corporate businessman Bruce Wayne.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Plastic Man can’t be fooled by a wig and a mustache, unlike the entire criminal population.

The Creators:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Howard Porter
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: Pat Garrahy
Separations: Heroic Age
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Ruben Diaz

JLA #10

The cover to JLA (Vol 1) #10
Cross you arms! Everybody’s doin’ it!!
From Series: JLA (Vol 1)

What Happened:

Aboard a subtle and tasteful satellite shaped like a giant skull some shadowy figures prepare their attack on Earth. Evil versions of the Justice League (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman) are sent to attack and lure the real Justice League (Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz), Aztek (Uno), Aquaman (Arthur Curry), and Green Arrow (Connor Hawke)) into combat.

Some innocent people get zapped before the JLA finally arrives. An injured Flash (Wally West) and a (currently) dead Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira) keep the current roster from feeling “right” to Green Lantern. GL’s a picky dude. Can’t go on stage without the right underpants and can’t save lives without Wonder Woman to creep on. Dude is probably unbearable in the dressing room before a big performance…

Green Arrow has some performance anxiety over how to shoot the super fast Flash clone. He eventually figures it out (shoot the arrow really good!) at the evil speedster and takes him down before any more bystanders can be snatched away. He’s already snatched away several though! And he could have taken them anywhere and done anything to them with his super speed! You couldn’t have sped up that crisis of confidence, Green Arrow??

Aquaman just wallops his duplicate for an easy KO. Batman figures out the duplicates are holograms and is able to change the Batplane’s weaponry to disrupt them. Whoever was controlling the Batman hologram is furious he was knocked out of the game early and suspects Batman has figured out his true identity. The other hologram controllers are too busy playing their violent video game to worry about the complaints of that newb.

Green Lantern overpowers his duplicate and Superman is able to absorb his with his new energy absorption powers. Green Arrow shoots an arrow created by GL to take out the evil Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman (giving him a head count of 3, everyone else just had 1. Just saying.)

The controllers of the holograms are revealed to be the Injustice Gang led by Lex Luthor. Luthor has taken Dr. Light (Arthur Light), Circe, Mirror Master, Ocean Master, and The Joker under his evil wings. He’s planning on taking on the JLA like he takes on other companies in the board room. With meetings!! Days and days of meetings!!

The holograms have been returned to the Injustice Gang and the data their acquired from their battles with the JLA are downloaded to their computers.

What I Learned From this Comic:

Green Lantern is not a great grief councilor.

The Creators:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Howard Porter
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: Pat Garrahy
Separations: Heroic Age
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Ruben Diaz

JLA #9

The cover to JLA (Vol 1) #9
Bragging about being a janitor.
From Series: JLA (Vol 1)

What Happened:

The Key has the Justice League trapped and living in virtual reality dreamworlds. He has finally figured out the equation of the DC Universe: The heroes always win. So he’s set up a device which will be powered by the Justice League realizing they’re unconscious and allow The Key to enter Negative Space. There he will be the ruler of all reality (he assumes).

Meanwhile the newest Justice League recruit, Green Arrow (Connor Hawke), has been fighting his way through the Justice League watchtower to save his teammates. He’s armed only with the original Green Arrow and his father: Ollie Queen’s trick arrows. Handcuff and boxing glove arrows aren’t the best for fighting robots but Green Arrow is making the best of the situation.

In their own dream worlds, the members of the Justice League are starting to meet each other and figure out they are in a dream (still unaware they are suppooosed to figure this out). Batman’s dream of The Joker killing his son (weird) is stopped by Superman (Clark Kent) who has dreamed he is the Green Lantern of Krypton. Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira) transports from her Indiana Jones dream into Aquaman’s Waterworld dream which is a lesser movie so it is a bad dream moving decision there.

The Flash (Wally West) was probably going to run into Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) in his dream but his metabolism works so fast he was able to wake up and start helping Green Arrow.

When Green Lantern shows up as his dream version of himself, a 90’s super hero mismash of names, numbers, and backstory, Batman makes fun of him for being a baby.

The remaining team wake up together with Batman realizing too late they needed to stay asleep to keep from falling into The Key’s trap. As the portal to the negative space opens and The Key is about to take a step into his omnipotence, Green Arrow knocks him in the face with a boxing glove arrow. Everyone involved agrees it is ridiculous.

The issue ends with Batman and Superman having an awkward moment together on the roof.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Batman hates Nintendo.

The Creators:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Oscar Jimenez
Inker: Chip Wallace
Colorist: Pat Garrahy
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editor: Ruben Diaz

Green Arrow (Vol 3) #1

The cover to Green Arrow (Vol 3) #1
Before every big date, a man will shave his eyeballs just in case things get a little intimate.
From Series: Green Arrow (Vol 3)

What Happened:

Years ago, during the events of The Final Night, Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Superman (Clark Kent) talk about the weather and argue about whether or not Parallax (Hal Jordan) sucks. Batman thinks he sucks. Superman doesn’t. The argument goes on for a while and ends when Superman feels something microscopic be removed from himself but he can’t tell what.

Meanwhile Parallax visits the grave of his best friend: Green Arrow (Ollie Queen).

Back in the present, Arsenal (Roy Harper) is lying in wait to stop a large heroin deal from going down. While waiting he thinks back on Ollie, his adoptive father figure. Ollie taught Roy how to have patience which has helped Roy with his many trials as a hero. Mainly it helped him kick his own heroin habit, which makes stopping this drug deal even more emotional for the guy. Luckily, Roy brought a sandwich with him to help him resist the cravings for some smack.

Black Canary (Dinah Lance) is also in position for a sting operation. She wonders what makes a good man while remembering all the highs and lows of her and Ollie’s relationship. The biggest low being when he had a child with another woman. She admits she doesn’t think about him that much any more and wonders why he has come back into her thoughts. Then Black Canary beats up a Russian mafia guy and leaves him for the FBI.

At a Buddhist temple, the son of Ollie Queen and the current Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) is trying to find peace after failing to connect with his dead father through taking up his mantle. He feels pretty silly about running around being a super hero which immediately makes him more mature than 90 percent of the characters in comic books. He farms at the temple, but likes to do it dangerously with his bow and arrow for no reason.

Back in Star City, crime has gotten worse and Stanley Dover is about to be mugged and left for dead when a homeless Ollie Queen saves him with homemade trash arrows. It’s pretty yucky.

What I learned from this comic:

A smart super hero brings a lunch and fountain drink to the drug sting.

The Creators:
Writers: Kevin Smith
Pencilers: Phil Hester
Inkers: Ande Parks
Colourists: Guy Major
Letterers: Sean Konot
Cover Artists: Matt Wagner
Executive Editor: Mike Carlin
Editors: Michael Wright, Bob Schreck