Arrow Season 2.5 is drawing to a close, and with it the final leg of the Church of Blood arc that’s been leading in to the season three premiere that aired less than a month ago. After learning that the church is still active even after the death of Sebastian Blood, Team Arrow sets out to put a stop to the cult once and for all. The issue gets the most life from a simple brainstorming session down in the cave, that progresses from a logical perspective so naturally that it’s easy to see why the team is so successful at solving problems. It’s one of the best aspects of the show, and I’m glad to see it’s maintaining equal importance in the comic. The opening scenes of Laurel interrogating the religious zealot are not entirely plot necessary, but they aren’t a complete waste of time as we see Laurel being exposed to crimes against women, so it’s a strong character moment that pushes her a little bit more in to becoming the feminist superhero the Black Canary. All in all, that’s pretty much the best that #5’s got to offer. Everything else is either necessary but not particularly interesting or totally unnecessary and just taking up space. There’s a scene involving Thea and Malcolm that sheds a little bit of light on how they came to Corto Maltese, and there’s even a decent segue in to it. The only problem is that it’s too short and doesn’t reveal enough to matter. Plus it’s placed in such an odd point of the plot that it feels more like a story hiccup, rather than a scene change. The scene is in the cave, two pages of Thea and Malcolm, and back in the cave. It’s not worthwhile, and considering how the volume ends, every bit of space was important. Arrow Season 2.5 #5 is not great or even good, but it’s very much okay. It’s a direct middle for the series as a whole, and the next volume is sure to be worth it, but this is still one that you can probably wait another week or two for.
Well…I say that…but there’s an ending that supports the theory of a supernatural aspect to the Arrow universe being presented when there’s a reference to a VERY powerful DC Universe villain on the final pages. Whether you think this is Marc Guggenheim being sly, or the start of something really big for Arrow and Flash is up to you, but I for one felt it was a cheap way to throw off the scent of a really mediocre comic.
That being said, I’m still excited about what it could mean.