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Green Lantern/Green Arrow (Green Lantern/Green Arrow)

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This volume collects GREEN LANTERN from the early 1970s, featuring classic team-ups written by Dennis O'Neil with art by Neal Adams!

In these stories, Green Lantern Hal Jordan continued his usual cosmic-spanning adventures, as he used his amazing Power Ring to police Sector 2814 against universe-threatening menaces. Meanwhile, on Earth, Oliver Queen, the archer known as Gre
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2001)
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Alejandro
An epic run that shook the 70s!


This "complete" collected edition features #76-87, 89 in “Green Lantern (co-starring Green Arrow)” along with selected stories in #217-219, 226 in “The Flash”. Since previously these stories were presented in two separated volumes.


Creative Team:

Writers: Dennis O’Neil and one story by Elliot Maggin

Illustrator: Neal Adams

Inkers: Dick Giordano (in many of the issues)

Editor: Julius Schwartz (because this is one of the best comic books’ editors ever!)


TIME TO MATURE

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Kemper
Jan 06, 2014 Kemper rated it liked it
You gotta think that way back in 1970 that DC decided to put Green Arrow into the Green Lantern comics simply because they both shared the word green in their names.

They certainly didn’t have much in common other than their favorite color. Green Lantern/Hal Jordan was essentially an intergalactic cop with a ring that gave him enormous power while Green Arrow/Oliver Queen was just a guy with a talent for archery. However, writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Neal Adams turned that thin odd couple con
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Adam Bender
Oct 03, 2012 Adam Bender rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Huh?? Comics with a social conscience?!

The real bad guys in Green Lantern / Green Arrow are racists, drug dealers, exploiters of the poor and destroyers of the environment. That sometimes people in charge aren't in the right shakes the law-abiding Green Lantern to the core--not to mention the comic reading audience who has gotten all too used to villains in elaborate costumes trying to take over the world.

Neal Adams' artwork shines, but this is as much a showcase of the fine writing work of Denn
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Paul
Dec 06, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comics and graphic novels have sure evolved over the past 20 years+
However some creative runs are classics for a reason o'neill and o'neal made these heroes heroic and great, sure there is some cheese but in the context of the era this was published a little cheese doesn't hurt
Eric Mikols
Nov 06, 2013 Eric Mikols rated it really liked it
Shelves: green-lantern
These are dated and ridiculously on the head with their politics, but it's still fun. Whether it's the enjoyable superheroics or the over the topness of the message, I was never not entertained.
Hannah
Apr 17, 2017 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really good read, it's kind of scary and sad that the social atrocities they battled in this are not different from what is still going on now, 40 years later.
Feather Mista
Jul 23, 2010 Feather Mista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zurdos y fachoides.
Recommended to Feather by: Bucletina al regalármelo.
Este libro incluye más de 14 historias de una dupla de personajes que despierta sentimientos encontrados en mí: a uno lo adoro (al menos en la mayoría de sus interpretaciones), al otro le tengo cierto resquemor (al menos en la mayoría de sus interpretaciones). En cuanto a los artistas, de ambos no he leído demasiado, pero me parecen muy talentosos y afilados (al menos en la mayoría de sus trabajos). Y en cuanto a la historias que incluyen este tomo: en su mayoría están muy buenas, pero no son pe ...more
Shawn Birss
This book is an important piece of comics history. I'd recommend it before Watchmen or The Dark Knight as the example of when "serious" comics were finally given an opportunity in the mainstream again. This series was the forerunner of much of the dark eighties, but without its cheesy, intentional grimness.

However, it does suffer from a cheesy, intentional didactic tone that is so incredibly on the nose I'm surprised my eyes didn't unscrew and fall out of their sockets from all the rolling. The
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Michael
Oct 05, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sequential-art
Aus heutiger Sicht ist es vor allem immer noch die saustarke Artwork von Neil Adams, die den legendären Run lesenswert macht. Aber ich kann mich noch gut an die Überraschung erinnern, als Green Arrow seinen Kumpel Green Lantern mit eindringlichen Worten darauf aufmerksam machte, dass es nicht reicht, seinen Job als Superheld blind zu erledigen und sich auf die Superschurken zu beschränken. Die klassische schwarz/weiß-Einteilung in Gut und Böse wird einer Gesellschaft nicht gerecht, in der Mietha ...more
L.A.
Jul 13, 2015 L.A. rated it it was amazing
O'Neill's introduction to this collection was helpful in that I felt like I knew everything I needed to know about GL and GA before I started reading. I would've liked a bit more on Black Canary, but then again, the volume isn't called "Black Canary," and the text itself was enough to ground me in the basics of her role, so that's fine. The comics themselves were a good time; I'm biased in terms of my age and interest in the time period, but I appreciated the framing narrative: GL thinks he know ...more
M. Spencer
Apr 23, 2016 M. Spencer rated it it was amazing
Forget 'Watchmen,' this is where comics really grew-up. O'Neil and Adams were pretty much given free reign to write whatever they wanted to for two characters that nobody really gave a damn about and in the process, arguably, they changed comics forever. Working within the restrictions of the Comic Code Authority they managed to address issues or racism, Government corruption, slum landlords, drug addiction and more. It's a little simplistic in places (this is comic-writing finding its adult leg ...more
Chad Cox
Jun 21, 2014 Chad Cox rated it it was amazing
This collection of comics has aged gracefully, and the cultural themes are surprising relevant in current day. The banter between Green Lantern and Green Arrow is top shelf. Black Canary is a welcome addition throughout, and Speedy shows up for the best comic in the collection. My only complaint is the "Old Man." He adds little more than a side tale about the inner workings of the OA Guardians, and is quickly forgotten whenever GL and GA are in the frame. Nevertheless, this is a minor annoyance. ...more
Miles Garrett
Jun 24, 2015 Miles Garrett rated it it was amazing
Let me just say that I love when superheroes have to face real people problems. This book did this amazingly! It dealt with such issues as politics, pollution, racism, and drugs. These are two of my favorite heroes and the character development is grand!
I am torn between a four star rating and a five star rating. This is mainly because there are times that it gets a little too wordy for me, but I still really enjoyed it as a whole. So much so, that I don't think I can knock it a star for that.
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Ed Wyrd
May 05, 2014 Ed Wyrd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Green Lantern and Green Arrow was a watershed series in comics, ushering in a whole new era of gritty realism where comics dealt with mature themes, like poverty, racism, environmentalism, and drug abuse. Today, some of these stories might seem a little heavy-handed or cheesy, but at the time it was serious social commentary. The high point being the two-part story, "Snowbirds Don't Fly" where Green Arrow's ward Speedy is caught mainlining heroin, which won a Shazam Award for Best Individual Sto ...more
Jdetrick
I understand how groundbreaking these were in the 70's and the artwork is still gorgeous but he stories don't hold up. The heroes have two dimensional personalities and the stories beat the reader over the head with their morals. There's also no gray areas in these stories; things are either right or wrong with no subtleties. An interesting artifact of an important time, but not good stories in their own right.
Michael Kitchen
Jun 03, 2017 Michael Kitchen rated it it was amazing
Classics stand the test of time, and this early 1970's series of comic books by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams have done so. It's probably been about twenty years since I've read these, and when my local comic book store had this trade paperback on sale, I felt the need to revisit them. I was not disappointed.
Benjamin Featherston
"Green Lantern/ Green Arrow" is a series which redefined comic books as a socially relevant medium, and sports some of Neil Adam's best draftsmanship and storytelling. It is, simply put, a classic.

I hated it.

After interceding on behalf of a business man who is about to be lynched in front of a tenement, Green Lantern learns that the victim he rescued is in fact the owner of the building and a slumlord who plans to knock it down to build a parking lot. Oliver Queen, now impoverished and reimagine
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Dominick
Context is all, I guess. These comics were innovative and cutting-edge (for mainstream comics, anyway) when they were first published. Today, they stand up very poorly. Credit to O'Neil for trying to inject contemporary relevance into comics by making corrupt politicians and companies the predominant sort of villains (though the occasional super-villain still turns up) and by addressing concerns like racism, drugs, and the environment. But it just reads as trite and ham-handed today; intractible ...more
M Christopher
May 27, 2015 M Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Over the years, comic book heroes in both the DC and the Marvel universes have evolved and been rebooted. In the 1970s, both companies moved toward more "social relevance" with their costumed characters. This omnibus volume shows the profound evolution of Green Arrow and, to a lesser extent, Green Lantern.

Oliver Queen / Green Arrow was originally conceived as a sort of cross between Batman and Robin Hood. Given the weaponry and garb of the medieval English outlaw, albeit with updates for his qui
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Miles Darcey
Mar 18, 2015 Miles Darcey rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Though very innovative at the time it was written, it does not hold up as well today. It became popular for being one of the first comic book series to deal with issues such as race, class, drugs, and other social issues, and changed comic book writing forever. One of the problems with the series though is that it deals with these issues in a very campy and sometimes shallow way. A lot of this is because it was written in the early 70's and comic book writing was much more campy during the time ...more
Charles
Apr 12, 2015 Charles rated it liked it
A seminal work of comics history. It truly is an epic read; "So why only three stars, kiddo?" Well, let's start with the good, ok? This is a great work that captures the zeitgeist (crap, did I just say that?) of the 70s and the tensions boiling just below the surface. It serves as an interesting way to discuss topics of race relations, class struggle, pollution, over population, narcotics, and even eco-terrorism. I hope that using this medium attracted new audiences to these topics and hopefully ...more
Eric England
Mar 26, 2016 Eric England rated it liked it
Green Lantern/Green Arrow by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams is a fun collection of stories that detail Green Lantern and Green Arrow's journey through the social fissures of 1970s America. This collection focuses on the budding odd couple dynamic of two heroes who are polar opposites, one is a very liberal anti-establishment type and the other is a conservative who defers to authority. The series discusses various issues that were in the news back in the early 1970s, including racism, sexism, drug ...more
Sean Kennedy
Some classics from the days when Green Arrow and Green Lantern teamed up like the Littlest Hobo, roaming from town to town and just solving shit. It's quite amusing in its little antiquities, but I like the social consciousness of the stories even though they are as subtle as a sledgehammer. At least in their way, they were bringing issues to an audience that other media might not have been doing, and you have to admire them for that.
Charity Tinnin
I've heard a good bit about this collection from other GA fans, and for that reason, I'm glad I read it. But I always have a harder time with the heavy-handedness of earlier comics.

I did enjoy Oliver's side of issue 87, adding it to my wish list. I'm always intrigued by the idea that Oliver (or any hero) could do more as Oliver Queen than Green Arrow, so seeing him choose to run for mayor despite his fellow heroes' objections was up my alley.
Erik
There aren’t two better characters for this story than the intergalactic beat cop Green Lantern and the Robin Hood-inspired Green Arrow. Some of the writing is a bit heavy handed, but it works through some big issues in a mature way and still provides plenty of the action fans expect.

Neal Adams is at the top of his game. His characters look great, the action has a nice flow, and he uses some page layouts that were pretty inventive and interesting for super hero comics of the era.
Samuel Reynisson
Jan 22, 2015 Samuel Reynisson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
My favorite DC hero is Green Lantern and my friend's favorite DC hero is Green Arrow. So when we saw this collection we were like "Oh my god, this is Awesome!". Which it turned out to be. The first Appearance of John Stewart is included in this (Green Lantern #87), which is a must-have for me because John Stewart is my favorite Green Lantern.
Dan
Jan 01, 2015 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cartoonish by today's standards, but no doubt topical of the era, the only thing GA and GL seem to have in common is a color affinity. Racism, drugs, environmentalism, religious fanaticism, and a deep inspiration from Easy Rider abound. This is a passable read and perhaps better as a window into the cultural consciousness of the past.
Ethan Parkin
Feb 27, 2016 Ethan Parkin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"THE BATTLE OF VALUES THAT SHOOK THE NATION!"

This is the best collection of some of the best comic writing and artistry. The "Right on!" writing is a testament of its time but many of the moral conundrums that the duo and often trio (Black Canary) face still resonate to this day. One of the best I've read and I truly did, 'dig it'.
Vanessa
Apr 12, 2014 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero, dc, bronze-age
The Green Lantern/Green Arrow series is amongst some of the most memorable from the Bronze Age. While it was short lived, it was critically acclaimed and very influential. This collects all of the issues from that series, including the iconic "Snowbirds Don't Fly" storyline. It's a great bargain for anyone interested in comic book history and a must-read.
Chris
They really don't make them like this anymore. I never read any GL/GA as a kid, but saw a couple of these stories referenced in a documentary on PBS about the history of comics and coincidence had me see the collect on display the next day at the library.

Big issues, right & wrong, few super villians just everyday problems being tackled by these two friends.
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Dennis O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor best known for his work on Batman, Green Arrow/Green Lantern, and The Question.

He also wrote a novel with Jim Berry under the pen name "Jim Dennis".
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