Review by: keith7198

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Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Flashpoint has taken us all over and given us alternate looks at DC characters. Now it’s Green Arrow’s turn. This Flashpoint one-shot follows Oliver Queen, a big time corporate head and weapons manufacturer. He’s purchased his own island for research and weapons testing as well as his own ex-military team who hunts down super villains and steals their weapons or devices to combine and sell to the highest bidder.

Writer Pornsak Pichetshote’s story opens with a brief flashback but abruptly transitions to current day as Oliver’s island is under attack. It’s pretty much full action for the rest of the issue but laced with an interesting twist. Also Oliver’s arrogance runs head-first into the reality of his weakness and this never gets lost in the action. It’s a well written story that doesn’t necessarily feel fresh but with more going on under the surface than you may think.

Marco Castiello pencils the first five pages and Ig Guara does the rest. Castiello’s work is good but the art really picks up when Guara takes over. He really handles the action sequences and character designs well. We’re given a considerable amount of information during the action scenes and Guara’s art really helps to relay the story.

I had no idea what to expect from this issue. My biggest disappointment is that this is only a one-shot. With the exception of the bumpy transition from flashback to now, the writing is really good. The art starts out decent but really ends strong. This is a really fun read but the fact it’s a one-shot wastes a lot of great potential for future stories.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. I have no words to describe how bad this was other than
    this makes the worst fan fiction look professional.
    When it isn’t utterly cringeworthy it reads like pages are missing.


  2. Totally disagree. I had absolutely no problem following it and never felt the pacing was off other than the weird abrupt shift from flashback to present.

  3. I have to agree with ericmci on this one.  I couldn’t even finish the last few pages.  It was that awful looking, plus I just wasn’t entertained OR interested in what was happening either.  It felt like I was reading Tony Stark.  If I want Iron Man, I’ll start paying $4 for Marvel books again.  NO THANX

  4. I could see the Tony Starkish comparison to a degree. But Oliver’s concept was quite different than Stark’s. Also Oliver’s exposure in the second half of the book is woven throughout the big action sequence. And his final comments are very telling.

  5. At first I didn’t intend on picking this one up, but after reading your review I told myself “oh why not” and added it to my weekly buy pile.

    I read it after reading the fantastic Green Arrow #13 and ended up disappointed; the art was “meh” and the story presented had its moments but overall felt flat and a bit pointless knowing it was a one-shot and not a 3-parter…

  6. This is one of the Flashpoint tie-ins I skipped, and I don’t think I missed a lot.

    Awesome cover, though. 🙂

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