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Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters (Green Arrow, by Mike Grell 0)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  1,826 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Oliver Queen gives up his trick arrows and settles down in Seattle with Dinah Lance. But Ollie's world collides with one of unspeakable violence involving the beautiful and mysterious archer known as Shado.

Collecting: Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters 1-3
Paperback, Recopilatory, 152 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by DC Comics (first published October 1987)
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A reading with edge!

This story was originally published as a 3-part miniseries in 1987. This TPB edition collects the whole of it.

Creative Team:

Writer & Illustrator: Mike Grell


You’re wasting your time, officer. She was their friend... but they don’t know nuthin’! She got some bad crack... but they didn’t see nuthin’! She just had some bad luck... but it don’t mean nuthin’! It couldn’t happen to THEM.

Mike Grell brings the quintessential story of Green Arrow in this e
2.5 stars

It's not bad...really.
I mean, if you like books about people having a mid-life crisis, then you'll definitely enjoy this one.
I do have one question, however.
Um, exactly why was Oliver Queen naked so much in The Longbow Hunters? Some of it I can sort of understand, like when he's hopping out of the tub. But other parts?
Who sits around in the nude contemplating candlelight?
'Cause see, I've never done that. I might sit around in my PJ's or my sweats, but I don't just
This late 1980s graphic novel took me by surprise with its fine artwork, especially in the vein of its pencil coloring. Oliver Green (a la The Green Arrow) and his lady love, Dinah Lance (a la Black Canary yet she expressed no powers and takes a back role to the main story) decide to move to Seattle. As was expected of the times drug trafficking was considered a big issue and so they both go on separate investigations to stop it.

Ollie meets an Asian bow woman who seems as good as him if not be
Aug 15, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it
When a comic store discussion kicks up about Mike Grell's GreenArrow: The Longbow Hunters, there is an almost religious hush that settles on the speakers as they stand around the stacks or lean against the glass display cases. There is a sort of mythic reverence these nerd acolytes try to pass on to the uninitiated, and having once been one of the latter, I myself was personally touched by the former.

Due to a peculiarity in me, however, I didn't take my copy home and devour it with a born-again
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 02, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Many of you who've followed my reviews will know that when it comes to graphic novels (comic book heroes) I'm primarily a Marvel fan. However even though I pretty much stopped reading DC when I was young I stayed aware of some of the main-line characters. Though some may argue that Green Arrow isn't a main-line character, I always liked him and liked the idea. Like Batman he's a talented and fit but otherwise normal human. I lost interest in him to and when I considered it he and Hawkeye (Marvel ...more
Jul 09, 2010 Stephen rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Decent mini-series that re-introduced Green Arrow as a mainstream DC hero. Decent writing, mature plot line and pretty good art.
Timothy Boyd
Jun 01, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Mike Grell greatly influences any character he writes and draws. Here he takes Green Arrow and makes him a much more interesting and complex character. Very Recommended
Jul 17, 2016 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, suspense, reviewed
I had the honour of meeting Mike Grell at the 2016 Montreal Comiccon and the privilege of getting my copy of The Longbow Hunters signed. Thanks, Mr. Grell!

This mature take on Green Arrow, originally published in 1987, is a de facto Vertigo title. The Vertigo imprint did not yet officially exist at DC Comics (and would not until 1993), but this book, along with the subsequent series by Mike Grell (Green Arrow vol.3, #1 -80) and the Doom Patrol series (among others), with their mature themes, coar
Dec 24, 2013 Tomás rated it it was amazing
Marco la edición en inglés, aunque la leí en la reciente edición en español de Ecc Sudamérica. Primer cómic que leo de este personaje y me gustó mucho. Tanto el prolijo y pintoresco dibujo como el cuidado guión. Probablemente busque más del personaje para leer (tengo entendido que esta es una obra fundamental y renovadora dentro del canon del personaje). Recomendable para cualquiera que quiera leer por primera vez algo de Green Arrow o simplemente un cómic bien escrito y dibujado (a resaltar que ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Bobby rated it liked it
I really want to give this a higher score, and perhaps if I had read this at the time of its publication, I would have because it's a really important Green Arrow story. The success of The Longbow Hunters paved the way for the first ongoing Green Arrow series and arguably got the ball rolling to lift Oliver Queen out of the second or third string of the DC roster.

And really, this just hasn't aged well is all. It's not bad, but it's definitely a product of its time. With very few tweaks, it coul
Alex Sarll
From the mid-to-late eighties' 'comics aren't just for kids anymore' moment, this was probably the last of the key texts I'd not read - Mike Grell's reinvention of Oliver Queen as a thoroughly fallible and human hero. Of course, something similar had already been done in the seventies, arguably laying the groundwork for Watchmen et al by adding some social justice substance to Green Arrow's Robin Hood look, making his kid sidekick a junkie and so forth, which itself says a lot about the urge to ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
I got this because it's been referred to as Green Arrows "Dark Knight Returns". Although it's not in the same ball park where the darker aspect is concerned. This is still a lot grittier and real than any other GA book I've read, but doesn't quite stand up to the glorious 5 star rating.

I'll admit I haven't read much Green Arrow stories, even though I really enjoy his character (pre-New 52). This is set when Oliver is in his 40's after moving to Seattle with Dinah Lance aka Black Canary. The two
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Reseña de Jordi T. Pardo para Zona Negativa:

“Tú tienes algo que yo quiero…
yo tengo algo que tú quieres.”

Hay personajes nacidos bajo una buena estrella. Desde su primera aparición logran ganarse al público e incluso, en ocasiones, llegan a transformarse en poderosos iconos capaces de marcan la tendencia durante décadas. Pero estos casos son realmente excepcionales, muchas creaciones tardan en asentarse, su verdadero potencial y madurez se deja ver con el ti
Dec 27, 2012 Tiara rated it really liked it
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Spoilerish. Finally getting around to finishing this after it sat sadly neglected during the holidays. This was my second choice reading since I couldn't get my hands on what I really wanted at the time, which was Captain America: The Chosen (but I have it now).

I liked how the story opened with the hunters versus prey analogy, painting the city as an urban jungle of sorts, but I wasn't immediately drawn into the story. It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't doing much for me. Moments of it like t
Sep 03, 2013 Chompa rated it really liked it
I read this ages ago and as a huge Green Arrow fan (long before the TV show) I need to throw out a short review.

Mike Grell had become popular writing/drawing Warlord and Jon Sable Freelance. DC gave him a shot at reintroducing the Green Arrow and he did it in an interesting way. Mike Grell didn't buy into the whole trick arrow thing, he didn't like super-heroes and he didn't like the silly costume that Neal Adams originally gave the hero.

Grell's Green Arrow had a much more functional hunting o
Feb 28, 2016 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1-3 (August 1987-November 1987). Oliver Queen and his girlfriend Dinah Lance are starting a new life in Seattle. When they begin to investigate a series of murders, they discover a deeper plot involving drug trafficking and an archer sworn to vengeance going back decades. When Green Arrow is forced to cross a line that he’s never crossed before, he realizes there is no going back and that he must fight to protect what is his.

Written and illustrated by M
Feb 12, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
There was a time when DC was re-defining their characters... oh wait, aren't they always trying to re-define so and so on what seems to be an annual basis now?

Well, other than the fact that they're always re-defining their characters, let's just say there was a time when they actually did it right.

Following on the heels of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns, and soon to be followed by Tim Truman's Hawkworld, Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters actually manages to take a low-level character and give
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Reseña de Annatole para Bullpen Girls, parte de la nota Estoy en una comiquería ¿QUÉ HAGO?:

#2. Green Arrow: Long Bow Hunters.
Te gusta Arrow. A todos les gusta Arrow. Es entretenido, dinámico, le roba a Batman por todos lados. Lo amamos. Bueno, ese Oliver Queen, tiene mucho que ver con éste.
Si nunca leíste un cómic de GA, no te preocupes, no es como que te vas a querer pegar un tiro de no entender. Es un Oliver roto y oscuro, que vuelve a sus raíces, y se r
Brian Walker
Nov 01, 2012 Brian Walker rated it did not like it
The closest Green Arrow has to a 'Dark Knight Returns', this "grim and gritty" graphic novel sets a mid-40's something Green Arrow against a rival archer and pits Black Canary against a drug cartel. The art is beautiful, and most of the early storytelling is quite good, however (spoilers ahead), the writer falls back on the old "hurt the male hero's girlfriend so that there's a reason for him to get dark" cliché. In this case, it is Black Canary who is done a great disservice and I failed to enj ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
Read this all those years ago, loved mike grell's art work & story telling
Dustin Morley
Jul 07, 2015 Dustin Morley rated it liked it
I had been wanting to read this graphic novel for a couple of years and I think the build up led to me feeling a little disappointed by it.

The story really revolves around Oliver Queen suffering what is more or less a mini midlife crisis. That part was interesting, as was the idea of legacy and just what Oliver and Dinah had to give up to be in the hero business.

However, the other characters had a lot of potential but lacked enough development to make them really stand out in my opinion.

Jul 23, 2014 Clark rated it really liked it
When DC launched its mature audience comic series in the late 1980's, Green Arrow was one of the heroes in the line. Writer and artist Mike Grell was given the opportunity to introduce Oliver Queen into a realistic world with contemporary problems. In The Longbow Hunters, he discarded the trick arrows and other gimmicks associated with Green Arrow and transformed him into a more believable urban hunter. Even the setting of Longbow Hunters (Seattle instead of fictional Star City) added to this re ...more
Jun 27, 2014 M rated it liked it
Mike Grell offers a tale of revenge in his lauded take on Green Arrow. Moving to Seattle, Arrow is beginning to tackle questions of his mortality. His attempts to settle down with Black Canary are interrupted by a string of slayings that have made their way to the West Coast. While Canary goes undercover to flush out the killer, a rash of murders at the hands of a mysterious archer perk up Green Arrow's ears. Drawn back into the costumed crime-fighting game, Arrow's investigations lead him to a ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Tomas rated it liked it
I do not really know what to think about this book. I read it because Geoff Johns recommended it in one interview as a must. He referred to it as a dark knight returns but with Green Arrow. Well Green Arrow is old in this I guess he was right there are similarities. Otherwise I do not see any other parallels with DKR. It is a decent story art work is refreshing for me because I've been reading a lot of new 52 books so it felt right to see something different but I would not see it as any ...more
Ich muss zugeben, dass ich mittlerweile so viele unterschiedlich alte und damit auch überarbeitete Versionen von Green Arrow gesehen habe, sodass ich bei der Origin Story und wiederkehrende Charaktere kaum einen Durchblick habe. Glücklicherweise muss man das bei diesem Comic auch nicht. Der Illustrationsstil ist einwandfrei und klar-- kleine Kunstwerke. Es wird auf das Wesentliche geachtet. Green Arrow kämpft für die "kleinen Leute", kümmert sich um alltägliche Probleme der Normalbürger statt ge ...more
Feather Mista
Mar 05, 2010 Feather Mista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de Grell y de las reinterpretaciones gloriosas
Recommended to Feather by: Yo e, indirectamente, Bucletina.
Impecable reinterpretación hiperviolenta de un autor completísimo, con un ritmo vertiginoso y un dibujo preciosista. Cuando lo relea ahora que tengo la edición en castellano de Planeta, seguro escriba su correspondiente reseña. Ah, y tengo que ver si el "Jon Sable Freelance" de Grell vale la pena.
Jan 09, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Regarding comics, the late 80s are often viewed as the turning point for an industry that had been floundering in gimmicky storytelling for a number of years. Dark, bold stories began being published, re-defining a generation that led to arguably the pinnacle of this medium. The Longbow Hunters finds itself firmly rooted in this time period, and does not disappoint. Though not as influential (or good) as classic stories like The Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen, Mike Grell's reinvention of Green ...more
Sep 24, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer/artist Mike Grell rebooted Green Arrow just after the Crisis on Infinite Earths as a middle-aged man facing a midlife crisis, reinventing himself as an urban hunter. That story mostly works, but the treatment of Black Canary in this volume is a bit disturbing. DC for years never reprinted the storylines that came after this one, so her therapy and ultimate work as a victim's advocate never appeared, so I'm wary of giving this one as many stars as I have without knowing that Grell did as h ...more
Kevin Findley
Sep 18, 2014 Kevin Findley rated it really liked it
Mike Grell took a character that had been a Batman rip-off, then a "hard traveling hero" and made him something better. This is my favorite interpretation of Oliver Queen. In a time when 'deconstruction' was all the rage for heroes, Grell proved that bringing a character back to his origins did not mean you had to turn him dark or make him into a character that really had no heroic qualities at all. This Green Arrow made his mistakes, but unlike the average comic book hero, he learned and moved ...more
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Mike Grell (born 1947) is a comic book writer and artist.

Grell studied at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, and took the Famous Artists School correspondence course in cartooning. His entry into the comics industry was in 1972, as an assistant to Dale Messick on the Brenda Starr comic strip.

In 1973 Grell moved to New York, and began his long relationship with
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