One of the things I was happiest about when DC started their Rebirth event was bringing back the relationship between Green Arrow and Black Canary. They’ve always been one of my favorite comic book couples. This issue has a lot of them together, trapped on an island. As the old song goes, “Reunited, and it feels so good.”
Feeling less good is John Diggle, apparently trapped on the same island, but less fortunate. He not only lacks a lover to play in the ocean with, he gets captured by whoever it is that is evidently running the island. John’s having a bad day, and the looks of his hostess aren’t reassuring.
Canary and Arrow talk to each other about what comes next, and Canary is trying to steer Oliver away from the dark path he’s heading down. It’s refreshing to hear that in a comic these days. They get to comparing scars, like a very entertaining scene in one of the Lethal Weapon movies. While that one ended fairly well, this one shows that there are some things Dinah is very clearly not going to talk about, at least not yet. The two of them realize Diggle is around, and in trouble, and go to help him out.
Plot: It was great seeing Green Arrow and Black Canary together again. The mystery of this island is interesting, and hopefully shorter-lived than Flashback Island on the Arrow CW show. I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: I thought the interiors were good. I enjoyed the light in the scenes of Oliver and Dinah together, and I thought the cover was stunning. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: GA and BC together again. That’s the biggest for me. They’re early in their relationship, so they are feeling their way along, and I like that. Dinah’s comment about growing up in foster care makes me wonder if we don’t know who are parents are. Maybe there’s hope for some kind of earlier Canary? I also like that these two don’t seem to have the magic power that makes most street level heroes magically lose their scars.
Negatives: I’m not a huge fan of what I call media creep. The only reason we have Diggle running around here suddenly is the tv show. That happens a lot and it usually doesn’t go well. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong in this case.
I’m excited about this part of Rebirth, and look forward to seeing our heroes together. Although I do vaguely wonder how Black Canary, with no powers and no access to the Justice League Teleporter, is getting from East Coast Gotham to West Coast Seattle so easily.
Green Arrow #8
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Otto Schmidt