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COMIC BOOK REVIEW - Green Arrow: Triple Threat

With the TV series “Arrow” now finished, I was very much missing my Green Arrow kick. Luckily, there are plenty of novels to read. I continued with the New 52 run of Green Arrow, which sees our playboy billionaire archer face a number of unusual threats.

“Triple Threat” is a two-part story. The first involves Green Arrow being set upon by a set of triplets, known collectively as Skylark. They want to take Arrow to meet their father, Leer, somewhere north of Seattle. However, when he gets there, he realizes that Leer is a madman whose genetic experimentation needs to stop. All these actions cause Green Arrow, alter ego, Oliver Queen to lose his company to a Chinese businessman. The second half of the novel deals with his travels East to reclaim his family business.

So this was a weird novel because the stories were quite out there and the villains were not the traditional villains you’d expect a city vigilante to be fighting. At the same time, seeing this jokey Oliver Queen deal with threats far greater than those he is used to was noticeably cool. There are glimpses of character development, here and there, but not enough.

The artwork was for me one of the real downers on this novel. I really wasn’t a fan, and that almost made the novel harder to finish. The covers, on the other hand, were pretty good. Overall, I’d like to see where this series continues to go!

Favourite Panel:

0 tact Mr Queen. 0 tact.

Favourite Character:

Green Arrow. He’s so much funnier in the comics than in the TV show


  • Story Arc: ★★★

  • Character Development: ★★★

  • Artwork: ★★

  • Enjoyability: ★★½

  • Re-readability: ★★

Level: Intermediate

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