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Green Arrow/Black Canary #20

Posted: Monday, June 1, 2009
By: Andre Lamar

Andrew Kreisberg
Mike Norton, Josef Rubinstein (c)
DC Comics
“The Sound of Silence”

Despite Green Arrow and Black Canary’s bickering with one another at marriage counseling, the couple is facing a greater problem as they notice everyone in town, including themselves, are deaf.

Ollie and Dinah’s arguing at marriage counseling is frustrating to their counselor. Hoping to improve the line of communication between the heroes, the counselor asks the couple to explain each of their relationships with their parents. Dinah recalls the first time she told her mom about the “Canary Cry” then becomes hostile at the marriage counselor. Meanwhile every citizen discovers they’re deaf and becomes compelled to riot in the streets. Canary and Arrow realize they’re deaf as well and begin to take to the streets, searching for both a cause and solution to apprehend the situation.

Andrew Kreisberg delivers a fifty/fifty script of humor and drama with Green Arrow/Black Canary #20. My fondest comedic moment occurs with Arrow and Canary sharing a flashback from a previous therapist session with another counselor. In an effort to conceal their identities from the counselor, Canary uses the term “ice cream” to describe Arrow’s shortcomings. Unfortunately Arrow puts his foot in his mouth as he blurts out to Canary, “How many more deaths...” After the therapist’s eyes widen in disbelief and fright, Arrow has an epiphany. Hoping to regain the trust of his counselor, he digs himself into a deeper hole uttering “At the ice cream store, I mean.” Although some details of the ice cream code talk with Ollie and Dinah remain unclear to me, the panels are entertaining nonetheless. Aside from the therapy session, Kreisberg’s storytelling takes a dramatic turn in introducing a city of deaf citizens.

Sadly, Green Arrow/Black Canary #20 suffers from slow pacing and bland artwork. Although the marriage counseling scenes, at times, share humorous moments, the majority of the story lacks excitement.

On many occasions Mike Norton and the art staff lack severe artistic detail in their characters. For instance, page 14 shows Arrow and Canary standing on top of a car with Canary missing her left leg. Near the bottom of the panel Arrow’s leg is colored white instead of green. Not to mention, the heroic couple both have stubs for fists, Ollie’s belt is shaded green instead of brown, and Dinah’s fishnet stockings are removed. Lastly, David Baron’s use dull of colors help plague this issue to reflect that of an early '90s comic book.

Unfortunately Kreisberg and company are underachieving with Green Arrow/Black Canary #20. Please save your money and skim through this issue at your local comic shop.



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