Green Arrow: Year One
Oliver Queen has been a faithful member of the Justice League of America and defended Star City with his trusty bown and an arsenal of deadly arrows for yearsnow thrill to the definitive tale of how he became Green Arrow!
Queen is a frivolous playboy with little care for anyone or anythingapparently even himself. But when he's double-crossed and marooned on a jungle islan...more
So in the interest of full disclosure I will admit that I picked up this comic because of the show, Arrow. Yes, the show is a bit cheesy and melodramatic, but it is a lot of fun to watch and it made really curious about the original version of this character.
The Green Arrow seems to be one of those characters that everybody knows but no one seems to read. First created in 1941 by Morton Weisinger and George Papp. He’s had a number of...more
Written by Diggle, drawn by Jock.
First: Having an ad every other page really detracts from the reading of the story. It's meant to deter you and grab your attention, and unfortunately it works. I despise commercials.
Second: Being spoiled on the artwork in Longbow Hunters, I find the art (by Jock) a little flat but not bad or anything. I just miss the artisticness of Mike Grell. But by #2 it kinda fits. It's sharp, dirty, like the story. I kinda like it. I don't like the way...more
The thing I...more
On the other hand...there had to be a story too. And it is lame. Actually, it's not the story itself (sort of typical super hero fare); it's the character development and the story details that are terri...more
I'll be honest: there's nothing groundbreaking in the presentation of Ollie as a self-involved, directionless millionaire with a character arc set t...more
As for the art, Jock is talented, of course, but here the pages seem roughly laid out, and t...more
Green Arrow: Year One is the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths/Infinite Crisis origin of Green A...more
That being said, I was surprised to find myself loving Green Arrow: Year One as much as I did. I had heard amazing things about the creative team of Andy Diggle and Jo...more
Wrong. Lame characterization. Lame plot. Nothing interesting about this story at all. This could be ANYBODY in the Green Arrow role. Nothing sounded remotely Ollie Queen to me. And by a different token, the charac...more
This is in an OK...more
I really like the Artwork and Page layout that Jock did with this book, I feel that they should do more panel layouts like this in newer Green Arrow Stuff.
The story itself is good, I see where the show "Arrow" got's it material from the appearance of China White to the Island bits..
Overall I really enjoy this and kinda wish...more
From that perspective, this was a lot of fun to read. Diggle and Jock make a great team, and there are enough callouts to moments from Ollie's history throughout that it's clear that they're fans of the c...more
Well I was pleasantly surprised. Oliver Queen is a rich playboy who lives a directionless life until one day while practicing archery in the Pacific, his friend betrays him and leaves him for dead. He washes ashore a desert island and hones his skills with a bow and arrow until...more
In short, anyone who liked "Iron Man" would probably like...more
Still, pretty ballsy of Diggle to co-opt the title of Frank Miller's seminal Batman comic, and he doesn't disappoint. Oliver Queen is a spoiled rich goatee brat stranded on a tropical island. He learns some arrow-shooting and survival skillz, unearths a massive heroin operation, frees some enslaved poppy workers, delivers a baby, etc. etc. Pretty entertaining.
Although the story itself didn't grab me, the art grabbed enough of my attention that I will continue on.
I'd assume this retelling is a bit different than the original, but it stands tall on its own merits. The heart of Oliver Queen's transformation into Green Arrow is intact.