Page 45 Review by Stephen
If you were given a second chance at life, would you be curious about who had attended your funeral? What would be worse: surprise absences, or worryingly unexpected guests?
Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow, wasn't the first of his brightly dressed friends to die, so he made contingency plans for when the inevitable happened also to him.
But now that he's back he finds that those instructions weren't followed to the letter, and his old friends discover exactly whom he entrusted them to.
Brad wrote IDENTITY CRISIS, one of DC's very finest superhero books (suggested 16+) so if you're one of the many who've enjoyed that then you're more than likely to feel at home here, since once more it deals with the importance of privacy and the comfort of friends. There's plenty of mischief on hand when the rest of the DC super-crew put in duper-cameos and, now that I think about it, the patter and a lot of the layouts combined with a more animated-cartoon-art style are as much reminiscent of ALEISTER & ADOLF's Mike Oeming as anyone else.
Oracle is DC's ultimate networker, the crippled daughter of Commissioner Gordon, holed up in a high-tech surveillance tower, from which she works closely with Dinah, the Black Canary. Ollie also works closely with Dinah, but in a different way. Here Green Arrow and Oracle are communicating via Black Canary's earring:
"What are you doing on Dinah's line?"
"She left her earrings on my... uh... kitchen table."
"Don't lie, Oliver. That microphone was switched on all night. I heard everything. Everything. Trick arrows, my rear end."
"Jeez, Ollie, Clark was right - you have gotten gullible in your old age."
"Listen, you gonna help me or not?"
"Just tell me what you need."
"I'm looking for a positive I.D. on a guy in a photo."
"Now you're singing my song. Just hold it up to the window -- And don't block it with your fingers. I'll have one of my satellites scan it from space."
"You can do that?"
"Oh, Ollie... such a sucker."
Fool me twice!