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on June 14, 2014
Yup. This was written by a man who loves comic books. You can tell he had fun doing it. I had fun reading it.
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on March 25, 2014
Well good book Kevin smith is amazing got comedy through out and a great story line looking forward to reason the others
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on January 31, 2014
Kevin Smith gets Oliver Queen, no doubt about it. The story is a great exploration as to what makes Ollie...Ollie. The selfishness and the selflessness. The struggle to be his own man and still emulating Batman. Oliver Queen is very much a study in duality in comics if there ever was one. People make the argument that Batman is the true identity while Bruce Wayne is the mask and Superman is the mask to Clark Kent's true identity. Oliver Queen is Green Arrow and Green Arrow is Oliver Queen. There is no mask with him really, no false front. He is probably comics best example of duality and exploring both sides equally. And Kevin Smith gets that.

A few things that I didn't love. If Smith was using Stephanie Brown as Batman's counterpoint to Ollie and Mia's relationship, it could have been explored better then just the one scene with her in it. At this point, I'm also over Smith using religious iconography and symbolism in his works. I know at this point in his comics carrer, he hadn't done it much so I'm making a complaint based through a different lens, but still, it bothered me.

However, since he was committed to the Satanist character, I thought he did a great job in incorporating Jason Blood and Etrigran into the story in a way that made sense. I also laughed quite often during the back story of that character and the different motivations of the husband and wife in joining the cult as it was a bit of gender role reversal.
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on January 14, 2014
kevin smiths excellent story writing made this an absolute blast to read i recommend this to anyone who likes the green arrow
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on January 7, 2014
Why are you still reading this review?

Fine, you want a review here goes. Read this book, and the one that follows it. Kevin Smith does another amazing job writing, this time for DC in the first of two Green Arrow trades. As usual the dialog is dense and the humor is dark. The only downside is this book doesn't keep going and Smith's run wasn't longer. Hopefully he will do more runs on other books, there are a few right off the top of my head that could do with some.
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on December 9, 2013
At first, I was hesitant about the product. I couldn't figure out where the plot was going, but the end payoff was worth it. Wrapped up nicely and a very satisfying "return" story overall.
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on November 27, 2013
Really great return of Ollie, and interesting black magic twist for the storyline. Kevin Smith needs to cut down on the words...he could probably say just as much with 50% less...but that's also the charm of Smith's works--his dialogue. Would have loved to seen Ollie stay early middle aged...could have been a great character quirk to maintain.
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on November 20, 2013
Read this when it first came out and enjoyed it. Much better without the long wait between issues. Kevin Smith nails Ollie Queen and cast.
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on October 23, 2013
This really is a must read story for every green arrow fan! Great dc comic references throughout this entire story as well.
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on February 20, 2006
Prior to reading QUIVER, the only Green Arrow comics I had read were O'Neill and Adams' team-ups with Green Lantern, and Mike Grell's THE LONGBOW HUNTERS. That was enough, as far as I was concerned, as I'd never had much of an interest in the character anyway. Over the last year or so, however, Oliver Queen and characters associated with him have been popping up in other comics I've read, like IDENTITY CRISIS, TEEN TITANS, and HAWKMAN. Seeing as there were already 6 Green Arrow trades available, I figured this was the time to catch up with Ollie, and boy am I glad I did!

QUIVER features the first ten issues of the "new" GA series from 2001, written by Kevin Smith, with art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks. Smith faced a daunting task with this series: bring Oliver Queen back from the dead, straighten out all of the garbage in his so-called life, and most importantly, make the character interesting. Smith constructs a long but tight story that is part adventure, part mystery, as Ollie tries to fit back in with the regular world, fill in the gaps in his memory, and deal with supernatural forces beyond his understanding. By doing so, Smith succeeds in making Green Arrow not only interesting, but sympathetic. Here is a character whose life, at one point, began to fall apart, but he gets a chance to fix it, with the help of a huge cast of supporting characters. The JLA, Black Canary, Connor Hawke, Arsenal, Hal Jordan-Spectre-Parallax, Jason Blood/Etrigan, Deadman, and even the long-lost Stanley and His Monster help Ollie to return from the great beyond and fill his original role as the protector of Star City. Actually, that supporting cast is part of what made the story so much fun, seeing how the various characters react to GA's return from the dead. And as if that weren't enough, there are great cameos from Barry Allen, the Phantom Stranger, and most surprising of all, Dream of the Endless. Kevin Smith obviously put a lot of thought into how GA's return fit into so many other storylines in the DCU, which made it a lot of fun for me.

The art is nice and consistent throughout the collection, resembling a more stylized version of the work seen on Warner Brothers' animated Batman and Superman TV shows. But even with the somewhat limited range this style presents, Hester and Parks put all they can into it and make it work very well. It looks wonderful, and it fits the somewhat light-hearted nature of the story. The entire package is superb and gets my highest recommendation. In fact, the remaining trades are now on my "to buy with all immediate haste" list.
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