Green Arrow (2001 Series) #51
Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Anarky in the USA
When a bomber hits Star City, Green Arrow comes face-to-face with Anarky.
Writer: James Peaty
Pencils: Eric Battle
Inks: Jack Purcell
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Phil Balsman
Editor: Bob Schreck
Cover Art: James Jean
Publisher: DC Comics
Is this fill-in week at DC? First Gotham Central, then this one-off story where none of the regular creators chime in and none of the regular storylines are progressed.
When a highly-populated arts plaza is blown up, the clues point to the vigilante named Anarky, and Green Arrow sets off to bring him in. Once he’s convinced that the young man is being framed, however, the two set off on a tenuous partnership to bring in the real bombers.
It’s a decent enough team-up story, as far as they go, but the main premise is kind of hard to swallow. First, that Green Arrow would suddenly decide that Anarky is innocent not based on any evidence but just on a “feeling,” and second, that he would work with a known terrorist, whether he shares many of his anti-establishment viewpoints or not.
Eric Battle’s artwork is pretty good this issue. He handles the two main characters fairly well, at least in costume, but for some reason the expressions on Anarky’s face whenever he’s unmasked make him look like he isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, if you know what I mean.
In the end, things are done up a bit too quickly and things settled a bit too neatly. And again, Green Arrow seems way too comfortable with his impromptu partner.
I can’t really recommend this issue, but I won’t tear it apart either. It’s all right, but the plot holes are things that really could have been patched up very easily, and that’s a big problem.