Batman: The Ring, the Arrow, and the Bat (Legends of the Dark Knight (Single issues) #127-131)
Green Arrow provides the focal point for two stories set early in the careers of Batman, Green Lantern and the Emerald Archer in this volume that collects LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE #7-9 and LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #127-131. Writer Dennis O'Neil contributes an introduction.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by DC Comics
(first published 2003)
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The cover is amazing. But, as the old expression goes, "Never judge a book by its cover." That goes for both bad-looking covers and good-looking covers. There is not one moment where all three heroes are together; Green Arrow meets Green Lantern in one story arc and meets Batman in another story arc. The stories themselves were not as interesting as I hoped they would be. I enjoyed Green Arrow's sarcastic remarks, but there were a few moments in this book which were too goofy.
Not a bad read. I like seeing other characters interact with each other when they wouldn't normally, and it's amusing to see how Batman takes to Oliver Green's sarcasm/silliness. Hal Jordan doesn't seem to be too crazy about the jokes, which is a great departure from how they portrayed Green Lantern in the recent movie. But I suppose humour sells tickets more than backgammon does.
The title of the book and the cover art are a little misleading. At first I thought that there might be a story featuring all three characters, but instead there are two team-up stories whose plots are connected. Both feature Green Arrow; the first involves Green Lantern, and the second one Batman. After reading a string of writers who just don't "get" Batman, O'Neil's Batman was refreshing.