Green Arrow #42 “Better Than” Part 2
Writer: Marighread Scott
Artists: Matthew Clark & Sean Parsons
Cover Artist: Tyler Kirkham & Arif Prianto
Variant Cover: Mike Grell
Colors: Jason Wright
Letters: Deron Bennett
Last time on Green Arrow: The Emerald Archer had been tasked with escorting Superman foe the Parasite back to prison after a trial hearing, when the power-absorbing inmate freaks out, attacks the prison guards, and begins a prison riot. Dealing with the wide-array of crooks both super and non-powered, Oliver Queen tracks down the Parasite to a hole leading to the sewers below…
Summary with limited spoilers:
Picking up right where the previous issue ended, Oliver continues his search for Joshua Allen, AKA the Parasite, in the maintenance tunnels beneath the prison. After a bit of self-reflection on the previous issue’s events and trying to figure out how he’ll stop such a powerful adversary, he realizes the Parasite has snuck up behind him. After several attempts to stop Allen, Oliver mentions his intent to return Parasite to his cell and this causes the purple-behemoth to freak out, desperately trying to escape the archer’s grip and the prison. Oliver attempts to pursue, as Parasite flashes back, and recounts to how he was treated while incarcerated. Constantly being bombarded by light, Allen is terrified they’ll eventually burn him completely. Hearing Allen’s despair, Oliver is heartbroken over his inability to help, knowing that the Parasite still has to be incarcerated. Parasite cries out that it’s unjust, that he’s not evil, and that he’s never had control over his abilities and the hunger that comes with it. But Oliver can’t help, causing the Parasite to lash out even further…
Much like the previous issue, fill-in writer Mairghread Scott does a superb job both capturing Green Arrow’s liberal core and crafting a story where Oliver’s heart and what he must do are completely at odds with one another. It’s a shame this is the last issue she’s writing as of right now, as I would love to see Mairghread write more Green Arrow stories in the future! She also does a great job making readers sympathize with the Parasite, and the story’s paced very effectively.
The art is even better than the previous issue. Matthew Clark and Sean Parsons do a terrific job crafting some very striking pages throughout the issue. Of particular note are the third and fourth pages: first highlighting the truly massive threat Parasite poses and following it up with a very great format for the following action sequences, breaking the panels up with various arrows being fired by Oliver! And the coloring in the comic, provided by Jason Wright, is very effective, such as showing the bleak and artificially bright lights of the Parasite’s cell.