“Crawling through the Wreckage Part 3: An Eye for an Eye”
Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Scott McDaniel (p), Andy Owens (i)
Publisher: DC Comics
Plot: New Star City Mayor Oliver Queen faces an old foe, and there are big debts to be paid.
Comments: Winick’s writing runs hot and cold for me. There have been a few too many heroines fallen on his watch, and yet he has a gift with dialogue and revealing banter to almost rival Bendis at his best. Here Deathstroke comes calling on the new Mayor, but he’s not content to merely serve as assassin. No, he wants to humiliate and demoralize Ollie as well.
In fact, he has a lot of plans and goals, and we hear about them all, as Winick narrates their battle scene in Slade’s first person. This is an interesting choice, letting the villain be our point of view character, because it actually lets us see the hero anew through his surprised eyes.
Yes, Oliver has a few tricks up his sleeve this time, and it’s wonderful to see him cope with Deathstroke’s formidable attacks. Deathstroke deserves payback for his atrocities committed in Identity and Infinite Crises, and Oliver is just the sort of dedicated foe to seek righteous vengeance.
Scott McDaniel’s quirky simplified style is not my ideal, but it does convey a one-on-one battle with simbple claritby. Fans of Phil Hester’s also sketchy and stylized approach should be well pleased. Definitely McDaniel comes up with a variety of inventive camera angles that serve the drama of a lethal battle with skilled weaponry on both sides.
I find myself intrigued by the changes in Star City over the one-year gap (if confused by the ease with which Oliver apparently reveals his secret identity to his foe). The final payoff splash page is a vicariously thrilling moment as only comic books can deliver.
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