The final chapter of Arrow: Season 2.5 proves to be a sedate conclusion to what was an enjoyable series. There’s precious little action in this issue but that’s hardly surprising. At this point all of the story-lines unique to this series have been resolved, leaving this issue with little to do but set the stage for Season 3.
Thankfully, this final issue accomplishes that goal admirably. Marc Guggenheim’s script reveals the incident that set Malcolm Merlyn upon the road to declaring war on The League of Assassins. It also reestablishes Quentin Lance’s greatest fear that either of his beloved daughters will die a violent death.
The lion’s share of the issue, however, is devoted toward John Diggle’s concerns that Oliver may be falling back into his old ways while, paradoxically, trying to prove that he is not his father’s son. We see Ollie throwing himself into defending the city even as Felicity tutors him on everything he needs to know in his bid to reclaim Queen Enterprises. Digg worries – not unjustly – that Oliver may be trying to reclaim the past rather than move on as the better man he’s become.
These scenes reveal what scant action the issue contains through a montage that depicts The Arrow and Arsenal going to town on the street gangs of Starling City. And artist Joe Bennett sneaks in a nice visual gag amid the action, as we see that one of the gangs they’re fighting resembles The Mutants from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s a welcome return to form for Bennet after the last issue.
Arrow Season 2.5 wasn’t the greatest comic ever made. But it did what it set out to do. It gave us some good stories and it added some definition to the mythology of Arrow. If you’re a fan of the show and haven’t been reading this book, now is the perfect time to see what you’ve missed as we wait for Season 4 to begin.