Christmas is a time for reflection, relatives and…revenge! So says Count Vertigo, who returns to Seattle to send Oliver Queen on a violent, mind-bending journey into his own past and future. The hidden secrets of Green Arrow are laid bare in this oversize special that tests the already tenuous bonds between Team Arrow, featuring the long-awaited returns of Shado, Diggle and the dark archer Merlyn!
Writer Benjamin Percy tests the bonds and mental strength of the various members of Team Arrow. Percy forces them to confront their inner demons and greatest dreams, a fitting tale for the holiday season. But, it being a superhero comic, Count Vertigo is thrown in there too for a bit of action.
The art by Eleanor Carlini has a solid flow to it and smoothly shifts the character viewpoints as the story unfolds. That shifting perspective helps provide insight into Arsenal, Green Arrow, and Red Arrow as they try to figure out what is real, and what is an illusion. Carlini helps keeps you guessing through the art and brings in some interesting visuals in the process. If you pay close enough attention, there’s subtle hints at who the real villain is and what’s real and what’s not.
A solid annual that is a pick up and read for new fans.
Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Eleanor Carlini Cover: Jamal Campbell
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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