Jason Blood’s Test – Green Arrow (Vol 3) #6

The cover to Green Arrow (Vol 3) #6
Honestly, it looks like Etrigan has every right to be angry.
From Series: Green Arrow (Vol 3)

What Happened:

Green Arrow (Ollie Queen) and Batman (Bruce Wayne) have been attacked by Etrigan! Etrigan seems to really want Ollie dead without even meeting him first. So we can’t blame Ollie’s personality this time. After Etrigan knocks Batman around and blows up his plane, Ollie steps in to shoot a fire extinguisher arrow into the demon’s mouth. Etrigan, who lives within the endless flame and torture of hell, finds this UNBEARABLE and returns to the human form of Jason Blood.

Justin isn’t sure why Etrigan attacked Ollie, but he suspects it has something to do with the fact that the two of them are searching for a hollow. A Hollow is a body without a soul, which provides an all too enticing prize for demons of hell who need a free body to return to earth. And Ollie just mystiously came back to life missing memories after being dead for years. Strange!

Arsenal (Roy Harper) and Black Canary (Dinah Lance) show up. Ollie is happy to see Roy again and gives him a hug. Ollie is happy to see Dinah again and makes out with her. A lot of physical contact getting thrown around here. Roy offers to take them back to Star City with the Teen Titans jet.

On the plane, Black Canary and Ollie work to figure out what memories Ollie is missing. Canary is more than a little peeved that he conveniently doesn’t remember all the horrible things he did which led to the two of them breaking up. Ollie thinks it’s GREAT that he doesn’t remember those things because its almost like they never happened! Well, in his mind it never happened at least. They very much happened.

The gang goes to Jason Blood’s place where he’ll be able to tell what is up with Ollie. He suspects Ollie is a Hollow, a body without a soul. So he surrounds Ollie in magical protection circle and summons a horde of demons. The demons reeeeally want to get to Ollie, which is all the proof Jason needs to know he’s a hollow. Which meeeaaaannnsss…

Jason has to kill Ollie.

A hollow is too dangerous to have walking around because any demon can easily possess him, even high level demons which could bring about the end of the world.

Jason turns back into Etrigan to do the deed. Batman, Arsenal, and Canary try to fight through the horde of demons to save Ollie but are too late. He’s been roasted to nothing by Etrigan.

What I learned From This Comic:

The “that’s not how I remember things” defense doesn’t work even if you actually don’t remember those things.

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

Green Arrow (Vol 3) #5

The cover to Green Arrow (Vol 3) #5
The decision every doctor dreads having to make: do I save the man, or do I save the beard?
From Series: Green Arrow (Vol 3)

What happened:

The cursed mage Jason Blood is at the airport buying a last minute ticket to Star City. He buys a ticket for the soonest trip, mills about, then changes to the another flight. Then the flight he was originally going to take blows up in the sky. Jason Blood is not immediately detained for questioning after this very suspicious behavior before a very big coincidence because this is comic books.

In the Batcave, Batman (Bruce Wayne) is surely not doing something this suspicious OH WAIT HE’S DOING MEDICAL TESTS ON AN UNCONSCIOUS FRIEND AGAINST HIS WILL. That friend being Green Arrow (Ollie Queen). Ollie recently came back to life but is missing ten years worth of memories. Batman thinks this is mighty fishy and was doing tests to find out if he really is Ollie. Batman’s tests prove that the Ollie in front of them is at least not the Ollie he last knew. The Ollie in front of him is missing all traces of injuries he knew Ollie had (broken wrist, burned back, shot through the heart by an arrow, lazy eye, bad breathe, hairy toe, etc.)

The Spoiler (Stephanie Brown) is there to help! Batman rarely has Stephanie help with anything. Yet the one(?) time he has an unconscious naked man in his cave he involves the lone teenage girl he knows?

Batman! You need to know more about the world than just what chemicals leave weird colors on paper for crime solving clues! C’mon dude!

Ollie wakes up and is angry at Batman for knocking him out, stripping him nude, and treating his body like a slide show. Batman gets Ollie to calm down by showing him a video of the time Ollie shot his best friend Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) in the chest with an arrow.

BATMAN. C’MON.

The two decide to travel to Ollie’s old mansion for clues as to why he returned from the dead.

Mia Dearden is back at Stanley Dover’s place where she and Ollie are crashing in Star City investigating the Star City Slayer murders. She takes a break to shoot arrows at a target on the roof. You know, like kids do. Black Canary and Roy Harper intrupt her typical teenage behavior because they are very interested in seeing their returned from the dead boyfriend/adoptive father.

What I Learned From this Comic:

Even Green Arrow hates when artists redesign costumes.

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

The Final Night #3

The cover to The Final Night #3
Oh wow! From up here you all look like ants! Gooey, blobby ants!
From Series: The Final Night

What Happened:

Warrior’s bar has become a headquarters for all the super heroes doing rescue work and patrolling. A lot of people are not handling the idea that a horrible space cloud is trying to eat their sun. People are cold and upset by all this and are starting to lash out, forcing the super heroes to protect everyone from each other. A part time babysitting job! Well, at least the super heroes don’t have anything else more important to do.

Warrior, a dude with the power to turn his hands into weapons, used to be a Green Lantern. He’s pretty frustrated he no longer has the powers of the Green Lanterns because that would be pretty useful when dealing with a sun-eater. There are only so many walls to needlessly blow up with his gun-hands after all!

Meanwhile, back in the science labs all the science-y people have realized the sun is going to blow up. Real soon. Too soon. There isn’t much anyone can do about it so a decision is made to not release this information to the public in order to prevent a panic. Superman, powerless because of the lack of sunlight, returns home to Smallville to visit his mom and dad before what most superheros are accepting to be the end of the world.

Dusk is getting ready to skedaddle. She’s done her job trying to warn the planet of the coming danger but failed yet again to save any lives. She hopes her next destination on the Sun-Eater’s path of gobbled up stars will be more productive. The Phantom Stranger shows up and starts to guilt Dusk about leaving the party early. “We were JUST going to start the dancing mix. Whadder you doin’?”

Still, Dusk is confident with the world’s approaching doom the people of the planet are going to start getting real dark. Phantom Stranger decides to play the Ghost of Christmas Present and gives Dusk a world wide tour on how human beings are not jerks.

Elsewhere, well-known jerk The Warrior is alone in his bar. When he sees a familiar green glow coming from his old Green Lantern costume on display.

What I Learned From This Comic:

The Warrior no longer owns a stuffed Tauntaun.

The Creators:
Writer: Karl Kesel
Penciller: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colorist: Patricia Mulvihill
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Editor: Dan Thorsland
Assistant Editor: Ali Morales