Change is difficult, especially for comic book fans as we typically don't handle it well.
So, when it was revealed that Juan Ferreyra would be taking over Otto Schmidt's art duties, I was apprehensive. Schmidt had been knocking it out of the park while feeding us one of my favorite splash pages of the year.
My apprehension was premature, to say the least.
Ferreyra does an excellent job, also pulling double-duty in this issue as Schmidt has in the previous, doing art and colors. His work on the main cover is ESPECIALLY strong.
The issue's art feels like one long action sequence. It's moving at a fast pace from the jump (literally) and only pauses to show us what's happening with our side players like Dig, Canary and Emiko with her new BFFs, the Ninth Circle. Ferreyra does an incredible job keeping up with the frenetic pace set by writer Ben Percy but also lets the "smaller" moments breathe.
Percy revealing what The Ninth Circle is and what they are all about is especially delicious.
Taking something the common human often views as evil, then adding the element of it being the evil BEHIND ALL OTHER EVIL?!? Brilliant.
Percy does what he has excelled at with his entire run on Green Arrow: Showing us exactly what truly matters to Oliver Queen. He values relationships over money and this issue sets The Ninth Circle up to take big time advantage of that.
OVERALL RATING: 9/10 Micheal Jackson Thriller Zombies With Flamethrowers
Percy continues to nail the essentials of Oliver Queen, giving Green Arrow fans the Ollie they deserve while Juan Ferreyra steps in and continues to fire off (Get it, fire off, like arrows? Get it? Yes? Alright, good) flawless art work.