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Smith can't hit a deadline, but man, can he tell a story!!
on January 31, 2003
Kevin Smith has an inability to meet deadlines with regard to comics published monthly. Just ask comicbook shop owners and fans of recent comics like "Spider-man and the Black Cat." Why then, do readers not just give up on his works? Because the man is a very talented creator, and "Green Arrow: Quiver" is Kevin Smith at his best. This book is a compilation of Smith's first story arc as the writer on the "Green Arrow" comic book. Smith literally resurrected the Green Arrow character and the Green Arrow comic book with this masterful arc.
So often in comic universes, characters killed off - only to be brought back to life. Readers have become almost de-sensitized to these deaths only because they know that eventually the character will be brought back, and a weak explanation will be offered that explains away the "death." Here, the Green Arrow is brought back from the dead, but Smith's familiarity with the supernatural lend this resurrection much more credence than most other stories in which dead heroes are given a new lease on life. The scenes in which Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) learns what had happened to him reminded me of something out of one of those old "Twilight Zone" episodes, yet Smith made all of it so plausible.
Smith's name and his storytelling abilities are the marquee draw here, but Phil Hester's pencils have made their mark on the Emerald Archer. Hester, whose work in this book is slightly more realistic looking than the Justice League cartoon on the Cartoon Network (this is not a slam, by the way), has truly made the Green Arrow his character. Rarely in my short history as a comic book reader have I strongly associated an artist with one of his characters. I will forever associate Hester with the Green Arrow, much like I associate Jack Kirby with the Fantastic Four, Steve Ditko, Romita, Sr. and Jr. with Spider-man, and John Byrne with the X-Men. In short, I can't imagine what the book would look like without his touch.
"Green Arrow: Quiver" is the best of what comic books are all about. I won't spend much time on the plot because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who plans to purchase this book. All you need to know is this: The Green Arrow has come back to life, and he must learn how he ended up where he is now - did he really die? How did he return? What the heck is going on? Add to this the fact the Ollie's family and extended family must also deal with his "resurrection," and you've got yourself a first-rate tale. Oh, yeah, and there is a bad-guy killing kids that needs to be captured, too! The book is full of great story-telling, great art, and the list of guest-stars like Superman, Batman, The Spectre, Etrigan the Demon, etc. is as long as Giant Man's sleeve! If you've been away from comics for a while, or if you do not usually buy trade compilations, reach into your wallet and give this one a try. You will be glad you did, and you may find yourself making a weekly trip to the local comic shop a regular part of your routine!