Green Arrow 3 (July 1983)

At least in the eighties, people took the time to make the oil companies the bad guys. Now, when they’re even more clearly the bad guys, no one ever uses them. Except Syriana, I suppose, but I doubt Green Arrow’s solution will be to blow them all up.

One can hope though.

This issue just makes it all the more obvious how little it matters Green Arrow is the lead… It basically could be any superhero–and it only needs to be a superhero for a couple scenes, when Green Arrow beats up some oil company thugs.

It does open on a specific scene though, with Green Arrow torturing Count Vertigo through a perverse version of shooting an apple off the head.

Lots more impressive narrative illustrating from von Eeden here. I’m not even sure I’m fond of him, I just love how he and Barr make the story move along.


Hexagon of Death; writer, Mike W. Barr; penciller, Trevor von Eeden; inker, Dick Giordano; colorist, Tom Ziuko; letterer, Ben Oda; editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

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