Friday, December 11, 2009

The Rise Of Arsenal

DC Universe: The Source reports:

Take a minute to process that amazing piece of Mauro Cascioli art. Ok. Done? Let’s go.

If you’ve been following JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE, then you know some major events have been shaking up Green Arrow and his supporting cast’s status. Specifically, Red Arrow finding himself one arm short of a pair.

What happens when a hero has a fateful decision to make? And how can another hero rebuild his world after a life-altering tragedy?

Both ideas are explored in two special books hitting in March, both written by J.T. Krul: JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE AND FALL #1, which bridges the gap between JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE OF ARSENAL four-issue mini-series. Concurrently, readers of the ongoing GREEN ARROW series will deal with the fallout in a storyline titled “The Fall of Green Arrow,” starting with issue #31.

What happened? Who’s to blame? What does this mean for the Emerald Archer and his former sidekick? We don’t know, but we can shine the spotlight on Mr. Krul for a sec to share a few thoughts. Take it away, J.T.:

“I was super fortunate to be able to play a role in BLACKEST NIGHT, and I have to say I’m even more excited — if that’s possible — about being able to take on Roy Harper and Green Arrow as their stories spill out of Cry For Justice. James has been building to a monster climax in his book, and no two characters will be as changed as much as Roy and Ollie. And, the story isn’t even over yet. The title RISE and FALL says it all in terms of where these characters are headed. It’s going to be a dark and tragic road for both them and I’m hoping readers will be hooked by where Ollie and Roy come out in the end.”

I really like Roy as Arsenal, but this is not how I would have chosen he get there.


  • At 4:36 PM, Blogger Thomas said…

    JT Krul has earned enough cred with me that I'm certainly willing to see what he has in store for the Arrows...

  • At 11:18 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said…

    "It’s going to be a dark and tragic road..."

    When will DC finally ****ing learn tht this is NOT WHAT WE WANT TO READ ABOUT???

  • At 4:48 AM, Anonymous Phil Watts, Jr. said…

    They should've never made Roy abandon the Arsenal identity in the first place.

    Why must everybody have to follow somebody's legacy? It's okay for a few characters (Wally following Barry's legacy as the Flash after the original Crisis), but to have EVERYBODY follow sombody's legacy (no matter how faulty that legacy is--i.e. Terra III) to the point where no one has their own identity my opinion, that is one of the biggest problems that DC has right now.

    The other, like MetFanMac said, is the constant 'DARK AND TRAGIC ROAD" mess. Didn't these writers keep saying that they were pushing DC to a more lighthearted atmosphere after all the CRISIS stories like Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, and Final Crisis? It's gotten more GRIMDARK than the 90's ever got.

  • At 9:16 AM, Blogger Thomas said…

    Phil....this 'legacy hero' thing is something that Dan DiDio latched onto very early in his time with DC, and apparently won't. Let. Go. of it. Plus, there's this fetishistic love of everything Kingdom Come, and since that mini featured Roy as Red Arrow....

    shrugs...right now? There's only so much more of this Tragic Road thing that can happen before...but as long as DiDio is there, I fear, this is what we've got: a weird mix of ultra-violence and peverse sex mixed with the trappings of the Silver Age. Never mind that these two elements should prolly not mix. But hey, the casual fan in the B&Ns love it, and that's who DC's attentions are on now.

  • At 11:21 AM, Blogger Nightwing said…

    Guys, totally agree about the "dark and tragic" stuff and the current regime's misplaced love for "legacy heroes." I will add the other trend: "New faces under familiar masks." All those ill-advised elements are put into a blender and purreed with every new "event."

  • At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Still hate the idea i said it before. But I got to admit that green arrow picture was really good


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