Artwork is Metal in Green Arrow 32

by Michael DeLaney 

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

Green Arrow 32 is the conclusion to the Dark Nights: Metal tie-in “Gotham Resistance,” so you could be forgiven for your confusion if you haven’t been following the previous chapters in Teen Titans, Nightwing and Suicide Squad. As much as “Gotham Resistance” is one story, each individual title manages to maintain a piece of its own unique identity. A large part of Green Arrow‘s Rebirth identity has been artist Juan E. Ferreyra, who is far and away the most memorable thing about this issue.

I wouldn’t be surprised if DC pitched a Metal tie-in for Green Arrow and Ferreyra’s hand shot up to volunteer his services. Pairing Ferreyra’s macabre tone with the outlandish dialed-to-eleven hellscape of Metal is a no-brainer. Ferreyra gets to play around with a couple of intense vehicle designs as well.

The Batman Who Laughs’ dragster and the steampunk Wild Wild West-ish mechanical spider belong on ’80s hairband album cover art.

I’m constantly impressed by how much story this artist can fit on a page; every space on a page is fully-utilized. He adopts The Batman Who Laughs’ playing card motif and applies it to his panel layout, which the Joker Batman’s finger on the corner of the page, suggesting that he’s in complete control and our heroes are playing his game.

If you couldn’t tell by all his evil doppelgangers, Metal is a Batman-centric story, so the Bat-family members take center stage. Therefore Benjamin Percy and Oliver let Damian Wayne take the spotlight, as Ollie “speaks teenager.” I’m not sure how much this will bear on the main title, but Green Arrow 32 was certainly the most entertaining chapter of the “Gotham Resistance” tie-in.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?

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