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Green Arrow #33

Posted: Monday, December 22, 2003
By: Glenn Collins



“Antiques Roadshow”

Writer: Scott Beatty
Artists: Shawn Martinbrough (p), Mark McKenna (i)

Publisher: DC Comics

Plot:
Oliver Queen thinks back on his old times with Roy as Speedy when Mia comes across the Arrowcar being auctioned online.

Comments:
When the end of a good run comes it comes hard. While the premise of this issue is interesting enough and gives a lot to work with, the absolutely horrendous art and so-so script do it in. The issue opens with a flashback to GA and Speedy in the arrowcar nabbing some bad guys. It is towards the end of their working together and they have obviously had enough of each other. In a fit of anger with Roy, Ollie blows up the arrowcar which is inside an already burning warehouse. Switch to the present and Mia is showing Ollie that someone on an ebay like site auctioning the car. It must be a fake, but Ollie has to make sure and so goes the plot.

And where went the art?! Why does this book look like a superman dailies strip from the 1950s? When Ollie beams up to the JLA watchtower (and how does he do this from his kitchen, I always thought you needed a transport tube at both ends!) we are given one of the truly worst renderings of Superman. Ever. And then we are treated to one of the truly worst jokes ever. Plastic Man lets Starro loose while given it is feeding?! He decides to pet it? Puh-lease. So ho-hum GA saves the day with one well-placed arrow in Starro’s eye and that’s that. For the umpteenth time we get the James Bond-like jokes about how the bad guys tell you exactly what they are going to do, are too slow in actually doing it and so set themselves up for the fall every time. Anyway, Supes confirms that Ollie’s self-destruct doohickey (which was at the Watchtower with all his other old stuff) did not work which explains how the car could still be around.

Back on earth some big bad villain named Mister Scavenger comes to look at the arrowcar in the owner’s garage. Instead of stealing it he is determined to win it through the online auction fair and square. Back at Chez Ollie, Mia is trying to convince Ollie to buy the car back. As a side note, amazingly when you look at the windows from the inside you see big trees and a very natural setting. But from the outside in the house is a brownstone in a city, and we’ve seen multiple views of this before in past issues. So where did the trees come from?

Well, Mia ignores Ollie’s advice to forget about the car and bids on it. At the same time Mister Scavenger is bidding and we see the bidding goes up to $999,999.000!! Apparently Mia doesn’t feel bad bidding this amount at all even though she’s about 17 or so and is using Ollie’s money. Maybe I am missing something and this is supposed to be a slapstick issue.

Just when you think it’s over along swoops in Batman who bids 20 million!! And in the only truly funny or interesting part of this story he instant messages Mia to tell her to tell Ollie to take better care of his toys.

So Ollie and Mia go to pick the car up, run into Mister Scavenger who seems convinced now that online auctioning does not pay, quickly take him out and the Ollie destroys the car in Nebraska. Do they even live near Nebraska? And why would he blow it up on a road where it could hurt someone driving through? The story ends, thankfully, with Ollie giving Roy a call (presumably while recovering from multiple gunshot wounds in the hospital) and going over some old times.

Final Word:
Wow, this was a truly horrible story. While it had good intentions and a sort of funny idea for a plot, the amateurish artwork was a real eyesore. And the plot kept going off track with one bad idea after another. Luckily Mr. Winick returns next issue and presumably so will the character’s facial features since Hester and Parks return too.



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