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Product Details

  • Series: Green Arrow (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234867
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A perfect example of a sharply written, and sophisticated, superhero title.” – Complex Magazine 

About the Author

J.T. Krul is an American comic book writer whose first comic work was at Marvel Comics, writing X-men Unlimited. He has since made quite a name for himself in the comic industry, writing the majority of books at Aspen MLT including Fathom. His recent projects include Captain Atom, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Blackest Night: Titans, Titans, Justice League: Rise And Fall for DC Comics.

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I had hoped to like this book, but I just couldn't.
N. Beitler
It really feels like reading a much older comic and not a good one.
NLG2008
The same cannot be said for Green Arrow: The Midas Touch.
Romie Rome

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Of all the DC characters to get rebooted in the New 52, I kind of looked forward to seeing something new done with Green Arrow, especially with JT Krul at the helm. I've always liked Krul, regardless of whatever flack he's gotten over the past couple years, and I always dug his take on Green Arrow too. Sadly though, this new take on the character leaves a lot to be desired. It's just so unbelievably boring and banal. This new take on Ollie Queen finds him as not being a man of the people (yet) and instead as the head of Queen Industries. He takes on a group of sadistic, super-powered baddies, yadda-yadda-yadda. There just isn't a whole lot to admire here, ranging from the cruddy dialogue to the stiff looking artwork (that features George Perez on inks) to the new look of Green Arrow, which looks like the Justin Hartley-played version from Smallville. Call me old fashioned, but I kind of miss the Robin Hood look. Anyway, The Midas Touch is a disappointing new direction for Green Arrow, but hey, after this, there's really nowhere to really go but up...right? Let's hope so.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Onionavenger on June 25, 2012
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I really enjoy Green Arrow. Mike Grell helped me learn all about Oliver Queen first in Long Bow Hunters and then in his 80 issue run on the title. Then, I enjoyed learning more about Oliver reading Green Arrow: Year One and then reading the Kevin Smith books. I next went back and got the Green Arrow/Green Lantern books from the 70's.

If you like ANY of these Green Arrow stories and the wonderful character of Oliver Queen that was developed in them, run run RUN away from Green Arrow: The Midas Touch as fast as you can.

The book has a younger Oliver Queen running around with a bunch of high-tech gadgets and his own li'l version of Oracle helping him out. In fact, he's got a whole team talking in his ear as he fights crime. And, he's fighting outlandish supervillians here.

Dinah/Black Canary is nowhere to be found. Green Arrow's facial hair is nowhere to be found. In fact, there's really nothing here that remotely resembles the Green Arrow that we all grew up with and enjoyed. Instead, we have a early 20's hip Green Arrow with a high-tech bow that folds up into a tiny little thing that fits in his hand. It's silly, it's goofy, and it's just not Green Arrow.

It makes me sad, because I really love most of the New 52 and I hate that this is the Oliver Queen that I have to deal with inhabitting the new DC Universe.

Honestly, if you've ever been a Green Arrow fan over the years, make sure to avoid this like the plague.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RL on June 30, 2012
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The first half of this story had the potential to be really good stuff. The plot, poking as it does at celebutantes, and reality shows,, could have been relevant, intelligent, and action packed all in one. In practice, it shows little interest in anything but the action part of the equation, and it keeps the story fairly generic stuff. I mean seriously, we don't even have an old-fashioned moment of self doubt with Ollie realizing he might have something in common with these thrill-seeking rich kids(at least, I think they're supposed to be rich kids. The origins of these guys are really only mentioned in detail on the back cover description- another flaw in the writing).

Not that it really matters, because this set of bad guys is quickly wrapped up in favor of a mysterious pair of other crooks that have....well, some kind of connection to Ollie. Who knows? who cares? If the missed chances in the first half hadn't scared me off the book, the flat dud of the second would have.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Romie Rome on June 13, 2012
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After reading each Vol. 1 of DC's New 52 versions of Justice League and Batman, I was anxious to pick up another title. Choosing this one was a mistake. It was horribly underwhelming. The other New 52 titles I have picked up have been fresh, new, and exciting, with exceptional artwork. The same cannot be said for Green Arrow: The Midas Touch. The story line is incredibly dull and the artwork, as mentioned by a previous reviewer, has a very "stiff" feeling to it, meaning the action is not portrayed very effectively.

Final word: Save your money (or buy something else).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2012
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Oliver Queen is a billionaire playboy by day, daring vigilante known as Green Arrow by night... hey wake up! I know, it's kind of cliché to have the superhero be a billionaire playboy what with the far more popular Batman and Iron Man already representing that niche but look, Green Arrow's different: he has a bow and arrow! Hmm. Ok, how to interest the reader... he puts different pieces of tech on the end of his arrows so they do different things, say an ice arrow or an airbags arrow. No? How about a series of nondescript villains he fights? Yeah you're right, this book is kind of lame.

Having read Andy Diggle's far superior Green Arrow book "Year One" I knew how Queen became Green Arrow but for those coming to this character cold, you're never told so you'll have to figure it out yourself. The book is divided into 2 storylines: the first, written by JT Krul, has GA take on a team of bad guy supervillains who broadcast their misdeeds online - saucy (and riddled with plot holes)! The second, written by Keith Giffen, involves some kind of Toxic Avenger knockoff and a ninja.

As expected, GA takes `em all down by shooting various tech at them embedded in the tips of his arrows. In between naps I looked up to read Oliver Queen getting lectured by his CEO about running his company. Because that's what you want to read about in a superhero comic - corporate rules.

This isn't the worst superhero comic book but it is undeniably bland. Even the great George Perez's artwork can't save this snooze-fest as Krul or Giffen fail to show the reader why Green Arrow is a superhero they should care about or even why he's a semi-famous character who's recently been given his own TV show. With no large storyline, interesting villain, or particularly original character in the driving seat, Green Arrow is a limp and disappointing start to the series.
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