Green Arrow #54 Review

Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: Heading into the Light part 1: His Name Is My Name, Too.

Writer: Judd Winick
Pencils: Tom Fowler
Inks: Rodney Ramos
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Phil Balsman
Assistant Editor: Brandon Montclare
Editor: Bob Schreck
Publisher: DC Comics

Recently, Green Arrow was captured by Dr. Light, who was attempting to take down the Teen Titans and needed bait. In this issue, GA attempts to locate Light to put an end to all of this. He enlists the help of his friend Black Lightning, who knows about what the JLA did to Dr. Light (read: lobomized him).

Meanwhile, Dr. Kimiyo Hoshi is poised to become the new president of Kord Tech, due to the demise of Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle. She is working late, when suddenly she encounters…who else…Dr. Light. Oh, and I forgot to mention…Dr. Kimiyo Hoshi is the sometimes-superheroine who also goes by the name Dr. Light. The bulk of this issue is a HUGE throwdown between the Doctors Light, and it’s pretty hardcore. By the end, things have changed drastically for someone.

This was a cool story, and I enjoyed seeing the female Dr. Light in action again. This is yet another of the major players from Crisis on Infinite Earths showing up recently, joining the ranks of such luminaries (pardon the “light” pun) as Psycho Pirate, Lady Quark, and Pariah. I would say that Harbinger would be showing up, but she did die last year in the pages of Superman/Batman. Anyway, back to this story. As I said, I thought it was cool, though it did seem to go pretty quickly. I liked Fowler’s art quite a bit, especially his portrayal of Green Arrow’s face. Props also to Guy Major on the coloring in this book. The whole issue takes place at night, to further enhance the light-based powers of the Doctors, and Major did a bang-up job rendering it.