Posts Tagged ‘Green Arrow’

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Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Midas Touch

This was actually what I feared most when the reboot started taking shape and it became clear that some characters’ histories were essentially being jettisoned in favor of a movie-ready high concept pitch.

Green Arrow as a character is someone who benefits from having a long, entrenched history within the DC universe – his growth from a Batman knock-off to that of a social crusader; his friendship with Green Lantern; his hot-and-cold relationship with Black Canary; his complicated mentoring of Speedy/Arsenal; his Mike Grell urban-hunter period, etc.

These milestones greatly inform and enrich his character, so if you cut them out, you damn well better have something solid to replace them with.

Unfortunately, J.T. Krul managed none of that, instead sticking the newly en-young-ened Oliver Queen (who would now be way too young to have mentored the Roy Harper currently starring in Red Hood and the Outlaws, but nevermind that for now) in a status quo that probably sounded clever at the outset: Oliver is essentially Steve Jobs, globe-trotting manhunter.  (more…)

This week, we’re checking out two of the most generally anticipated (and quickly sold out) comics of DC’s relaunch – Grant Morrison’s young-Superman-adventures Action Comics, Gail Simone’s opening argument for why Barbara Gordon is sans wheelchair in Batgirl, and finally Stormwatch, the first book integrating Wildstorm concepts into DC Proper.

And what a mixed bag we get. What surprised me most about these three titles is how each one managed to not quite match my expectations.

The low point: Batgirl

This was pretty disappointing. I was actually hoping for the best here, because while I didn’t agree with DC’s decision to get Barbara Gordon out of the wheelchair and back into her Batgirl identity, I at least understood it. The Barbara version is the most recognizable to the public, the premise (the mousy daughter of Batman’s cop best friend is inspired to become an acrobatic crimefighter) is rock-solid, so sure, I get it.  (more…)

Here is a great example of why “realism” and “superhero comics starring a guy whose only weapon is a bow and arrow and yet has still somehow not gotten shot about a billion times yet” does not always blend in the way its creators may hope.

DC Comics, apparently aiming (ha! because of the picture) to put things into perspective for unemployed people with no health insurance who are losing their homes and their dogs and their wives, has decided to show them what a bad string of luck really is.

By going ABSOLUTELY APESHIT on one of their heroes.

First, a caveat, because every time I mention Green Arrow, people ask if it’s this guy: