Monday, July 8, 2013

Retro Review: Green Arrow #90

As I said before, I wasn't a big fan of the Zero Hour mini DC did in the 90's but I thought most of the tie ins ranged from good to great. For those of you who don't know Zero Hour was a cosmic level event in which time and space were going nuts and breaking down. There's obviously more to it than that, but that's all you really need to know to enjoy most of the tie ins. In this issue we see Green Arrow going up against some street criminal when suddenly the world splits in two.
From that point on, without any dialogue, we see two different ways events could go, the top panels showing one way and the bottom the other with a white barrier between them. One results in Green Arrow getting killed by a hail of gunfire and the other Green Arrow ducks into an alley to avoid it, and then the two merge back into one.
We see the living Green Arrow standing over the dead one when Batman shows up to tell him he's needed. While not shown in this issue Hal Jordan was the one behind the events of Zero Hour and Green Arrow was brought along with the heroes that confronted Hal to try and appeal to him using their long standing friendship. After the living Green Arrow and Batman leave an EMT is seen carting off the dead Green Arrow before the world goes to white as it did in many Zero Hour issues.

Some of the writers of DC's various books really took advantage of the whole "broken time/reality" theme of this event to tell some pretty interesting tales. This is one of the best of the bunch. Not only does it take a look at how minor changes can drastically alter a series of events, which I've always loved, but it then brings the living Green Arrow face to face with the possibility of his own death that he faces every time he puts on the mask. The lack of dialogue, while it makes this a short read, also makes it more powerful. It forces you to take in every difference between the two versions. This is most definitely one of the best of the Zero Hour tie ins and if you haven't read it you should.

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