Arrow Season 2.5 #3 (Comics Review)

With just one more week to go before CW’s Arrow returns for a third season, things are really heating up in the companion digital-first series Arrow Season 2.5. While trying to stop some drugrunners, both Ollie and Roy are seriously injured and then we see at the end of Arrow Season 2.5 #2 that Brother Blood has returned. For a series meant to bridge the gap between seasons 2 and 3, the story has been a little light on that front, partly because of the bimonthly schedule, but it still remains a great comic because of who the characters and the version of them that we are getting to see.

The new issue deals with something integral to Team Arrow, money. Oliver outsources most of his gear from an illegal manufacturer over in Bludhaven (great reference to Nightwing!) and that’s our introduction to this issue. From there we get to see how the new Brother Blood arc is kicking off as the identity of the masked villain is revealed. At the same time, we also get to see some stuff in Kahndaq involving the Suicide Squad and it looks like the second shorter story is going to become a staple of future issues, which is entirely fine with me..

Towards the end of season 2, Oliver lost control of Queen Consolidated to his enemies and thus became broke, no longer able to call on the vast amounts of funds that he usually does for his Arrow activities. Thus, paying for some of his more fancy toys is becoming ever more difficult and that’s how Marc Guggenheim and Keto Shimizu start this new issue. This entire sequence opened up a new area of the Arrow-verse, both in terms of more DC universe references being dropped and in terms of explaining up how Oliver gets his toys, since he can’t possibly manufacture everything on his own!

But after that, we quickly move onto a new direction, where we see that Arrow quickly learns about Brother Blood’s return, and end with a somewhat chilling sequence with the villain in question. The identity reveal didn’t really faze me since I’m completely unfamiliar with the character, but given how it is all built up in three issues so far, I have a feeling that he is going to be quite an important character for season 3, and that’s a great thing since the show has brought back villains from the first season in the second season, such as Huntress and Count Vertigo and others, so I don’t see why not with Brother Blood as well since the Church of Blood is clearly a major player in Gotham before the season 2 finale. All of that just doesn’t go up in the air or anything.

More than all of that though, I’m interested in seeing how the dynamic between Ollie and Roy is handled in the coming season, and for that I was kind of relying on this digital-first series, but it seems that events are heading off in a direction very different from my expectations. And that piques my interest. Often times the show has challenged expectations before and this series is doing the same. Shouldn’t be surprising really since Marc Guggenheim is the lead writer on this series and in his position he has a lo of influence on the show as well if I’m not mistaken.

The backup story here is a lead-in intro for a new mission for Director Waller’s Suicide Squad and it all kicks off as terrorists in Kahndaq take over a girls’ school and kill one of their teachers. The way the backup ends, there are hints of there being a larger story and that is something I look forward to seeing unfold.

For the main story we have Joe Bennett on pencils and Craig Yeung on inks. For the backup, we have Szymon Kudranski on pencils. The colours and letters for this issue are by Jim Charalampidis and Deron Bennett respectively. As before, the art is pretty consistent for the most part, and I like that solidity on this title. Nothing really stands out this week, but the backup with Brother Blood packs quite a punch I dare say. Still, there are quite a few splash pages here and each one is awesome in its execution.

Another solid offering.

Rating: 8.5/10

More Arrow Season 2.5: #1, #2.

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Posted on October 3, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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