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Green Arrow by Mike Grell
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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 Mike Grell, Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunter was a relaunch for the emerald archer and well received by fans. The comic was printed in the prestige bookshelf format and was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Finite Series. It has been collected a few times in trade paperbacks since its initial release.

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters was part of DC’s post-Crisis on Infinite Earth re-imagining of the DC Universe. Much like the Hawkman relaunch Hawkworld, the series shows the ’80s trend of darker, grittier heroes.

Green Arrow is no stranger to grittier tales however and neither is Mike Grell. His period of time on Green Lantern/Green Arrow was known for being controversial and pushing the boundaries of the Comic Code. This “adult” Green Arrow did not worry about the Comic Code and had swearing and more graphic art. The story also tapped into real world events such as the Vietnam War and Iran-Contra scandal…it was a very different world from Green Arrow who previously had used boxing glove arrows to take down suspects.

Along with the darker storyline, Grell make Green Arrow darker. He ditched the Errol Flynn Robin Hood outfit for a more functional hood…but did stick with a rather superhero style costume. Grell’s art is strong and much more realistic than many other comics at the time. I particularly like the fun covers and the collected edition feels like it has cleaned up the quality even more.

One of the most interesting aspects of Green Arrow has always been his relationship with Black Canary. Here, we get to see how two superheroes function together as a couple. It feels much more real than Superman and Lois Lane and in Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters issues like having children and marriage actually come up…something that feels new and different for a “mainstream”comic at the time.

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters feels a bit dated today, but I can imagine when it was released it was kind of shocking. Despite some age, it is still worth seeking out. The series did form a jump on point for Green Arrow’s first solo series which started in February 1988 and ran for over ten years until Green Arrow (1) #137 (October 1998) which was followed by the finishing Green Arrow (1) #1,000,000 (November 1998).
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March 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
April 5, 2013 – Shelved
February 28, 2016 – Shelved as: graphic-novels-and-trade-paperbacks

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