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Green Arrow: Moving Targets by Judd Winick

Green Arrow: Moving Targets

by Judd Winick, Tom Fowler (Illustrator), Phil Hester (Illustrator)

Other authors: Eric Battle (Illustrator), Tommy Castillo (Illustrator), Ande Parks (Illustrator), Jack Purcell (Illustrator), Rodney Ramos (Illustrator)

Series: Green Arrow, Green Arrow [2001 series] (6)

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The sixth volume of the Green Arrow series is the thickest yet, encompassing a few story arcs. In the first, "New Blood", Oliver Queen has to deal with the aftermath of City Walls in more ways than one-- a new crime lord named Brick has arisen to replace those killed off in that story, and Mia is becoming the new Speedy more and more. The latter of these plot lines is quite good-- and the reveal of Mia's HIV-positive status is handled fantastically well-- but the former I find hard to buy. Brick has a tough hide, yeah, but I have hard time seeing why he's so dang hard for two Green Arrows to beat. (Also: Brick keeps on saying he'll do something really awful if GA interferes again, but GA keeps on doing things... and Brick suddenly stops caring.) In "Teamwork", Mia joins the Teen Titans, a story which for some reason has Mia taking the exact opposite stance on being HIV-positive as in the previous story. Okay, then. The final part of the book is taken up by "New Business", where Constantine Drakon and the Riddler take on Team Arrow, and the Outsiders show up. It was fun to see Drakon again (his opening scene was fabulous), but otherwise, this is a bit of an explosion-and-punching fest. Roy "Arsenal" Harper steps into the role of GA-dependent-character-beat-to-within-an-inch-of-his-life-to-prove-the-situation-is-serious in this one, giving Connor Hawke a break for once.

The biggest event of note here is that penciller Phil Hester and inker Ande Parks leave the title for good after "New Blood". Sometimes you don't quite realize what you've got 'til it's gone, and though I always sang their praises, their skill was sure made apparent by appearing right alongside their replacements. The sense of mood is all gone, panels are busy, and people are impossible to tell apart. Worst of all are the facial expressions; everyone here looks angry and ugly.

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Judd Winickprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fowler, TomIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hester, PhilIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Battle, EricIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Castillo, TommyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parks, AndeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Purcell, JackIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ramos, RodneyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Star Citys underworld has been taken over by criminal mastermind Brick, and Green Arrow finds taking him down harder than imagined. Brick wants the Emerald Archer out of his way, preferably dead. So does the Riddler, whos back in town and seeking revenge. Adding to the Emerald Archers troubles is Drakon, the inhumanly agile mercenary, who returns to plague Green Arrow and his comrades. Mia Dearden, Green Arrows new ward, also experiences new highs and lowsfirst she gains a costume and sanction as the new Speedy, but she also recieves tragic news that alters her outlook on life.--Amazon.com… (more)

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