Conservative Monsters in Green Arrow 34

by Michael DeLaney

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

How many times are Oliver Queen’s parents going to come back from the dead? In addition to some classic Ollie/Dinah team-ups, Green Arrow 34 functions primarily as a bit of filling in the blanks for the resurrected Mama Queen.

Oliver now knows what we have known for a few issues: that his mother Moira is alive. And though he is happy to see his mother again, it’s refreshing to see that he isn’t 100% falling in line with this agent of The Ninth Circle. For Moira, the higher ups of The Ninth Circle have perverted the secret society’s once “noble intentions.” Moira pitches the Circle’s original MO of “trickle-down economics,” which produces more than an eye roll from our liberal crusader.

I continue to admire how Benjamin Percy refuses to shy away from political allegory. Moira’s Republican Party — err Ninth Circle — has turned into a monstrous organization that is unrecognizable to her.

Moira’s story is actually the ideal conservative American dream: born in poverty, she managed to climb her way to the 1% and become a “philanthropist.” But like reality, that dream falls apart when you realize that she sold her soul to do it.

While she’s singing a sweet tune, I’m not sure I’m completely buying her chance at redemption. She still has access to The Ninth Circle’s “toys” however, giving Green Arrow a bigger chance to take them down than before. Might we see a new Arrow Car down the line?

There’s a moment when it looks like Oliver is going to chose his mother over helping fight Clock King with Black Canary, but Percy doesn’t waste time with that CW shit.

Stephen Byrne’s glossy pencils and inks showcase a new (?) power for Dinah: the low decibel Canary Cry. It was definitely a highlight of the issue for me.

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

One comment on “Conservative Monsters in Green Arrow 34

  1. I haven’t read this issue, but it always annoys me when people use “decibels” to describe pitch. Decibels describe (relative) amplitude — that is, loudness — where pitch is determined by frequency. (Ironically, you’ll often see what is essentially the opposite for “octave,” where people use it to describe loudness, but it really just describes pitch.) I like the idea of Dinah having a super low frequency canary cry that can do different things than her normal high-pitched one — I just wish Percy had gotten his jargon straight.

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