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Green Arrow: Year One Hardcover – April 22, 2008

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About the Author

Andy Diggle's "The Losers" was adapted into a major Warner Brothers movie in 2010. He was formerly the editor of 2000 AD. As a writer he channelled extraordinary vision and enthusiasm into the creation of "Lenny Zero" and "Snow/Tiger," both immediate fan-favourites. His first work for a US publisher was with the Sandman/Hellblazer spin-off series "Lady Constantine," after which he co-created "The Losers" to great critical success with his former "Lenny Zero" collaborator Jock, and was subsequently named as one of Entertainment Weekly magazine's "Breakout Stars of 2003." He has since written "Swamp Thing";"Adam Strange";"Silent Dragon" and the launch arc of "Batman Confidential."

Jock is one of 2000 AD's finest young creators. As well as illustrating "Judge Dredd";"Pulp Sci-Fi";"Tharg the Mighty" and "Tor Cyan," Jock co-created "Lenny Zero" and "The Losers" with Andy Diggle, and is the concept artist of the re-booted 2011 "Judge Dredd" movie.

Also features stories by writers John Wagner & Alan Grant and artist Greg Staples. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216870
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on June 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Green Arrow, as cheesy as he was sometimes portrayed with all the trick arrows (Net Arrow, Boxing Glove Arrow, Boomerang Arrow), was always one of my favorite heroes when I was growing up. When I got tired of wanting to grow up to be Batman, I'd want to be Green Arrow. Especially when he got changed from playboy to radical leftist and bleeding heart. That bearded free spirit with the attitude of sticking it to the man was just what I needed to grow up on in the 1970s. Oliver Queen taught me to think outside the box and question life and a number of other things.

He still remains as DC Comics' most radical hero. Mike Grell created THE LONGBOW HUNTERS and pushed away the trick arrows for a time, getting Ollie back to his roots as a cutting-edge back street brawler, then enjoyed a long run on the strip. Chuck Dixon shortly followed Grell and even killed Ollie off long enough to give us a new Green Arrow in Connor Hawke.

Even though he'd died and gone to Heaven, Ollie come back in issues penned by Kevin (DAREDEVIL, CLERKS) Smith. Lately Judd Winnick has married him off to Black Canary and invented a whole new Speedy for this generation.

But Andy Diggle (THE LOSERS) got the green light to pen the adventures of Oliver Queen's Year One origin while so many longtime DC Comics heroes are getting spotlight treatment. I really enjoyed Diggle's run on THE LOSERS as well as some of his other forays, but I didn't know if he was the right guy for Green Arrow. As it turns out, Diggle was just the guy to bring Ollie once more to the masses.

Diggle's scriptwork is excellent. He moves the story along and finesses the characters and relationship through dialogue and action, and the overall effect is like watching a movie with first-person voiceovers.
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I bought this book for a coworker who introduced me to the show Arrow, I've since introduced him to the world of comics, he started reading this book, grew a beard and disappeared.
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I've been a huge fan of Oliver Queen since I stumbled across the Longbow Hunters mini series in the early 90s. Mike Grell and Denny O'Neill shaped my opinion of who Oliver Queen should be.

While I like Kevin Smith's Quiver, the Judd Winnick years were atrocious. So I was pleasantly surprised (okay knocked off my butt) by Diggle and Jock's excellent tweak of Ollie's origin. I love the early Island scenes as Queen loses all of his rich boy ideology to the simple principles of survival. The villains are truly awful, and as Mel Odom said in his review, the tweak on Oliver's hatred of heroin is very well done. Art wise, Jock delivers a bare, yet very detailed story. His art is almost storyboard-like and works quite well.

As I am looking forward to the CW's Arrow, I was happily surprised to see the costume, primal vibe and cinematography of the island in the available previews seem to instantly echo Jock's art. So I hope to see more of Year One incorporated into the coming series. And not just in character names (Ollie's chauffeur is named John Diggle.) If Arrow borrows more than these, it will be a great live action tribute to my favorite DC hero

I am rather disppointed in the nu52 Ollie and do not understand why DC did not run with the young Oliver Queen from the Year One series. This is a very smart, exciting and cinematic read.
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I bought this book because I was unfamiliar with the character and wanted an intro to who he is and his motive for heroism. While this story does a good job of introducing Oliver Queen as the Green Arrow, the plot itself is pretty bland. Not much actually happens. There are bad guys, Ollie stops them, now he's a super hero. That's pretty much the gist of the story. I'd borrow this or rent it before buying it.
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I haven't read very many other Green Arrow comics, so I don't have much to compare to. This is similar to Arrow Season 1, but definitely not the same, so don't expect it to be. Yes Arrow's first season was loosely (keyword: loosely) based on this, but there are many significant differences. As far as story goes, it's entertaining. It's no Batman: Year One, but it's a fun read nonetheless. If I wasn't an Arrow fan, I think I'd like this one a lot more. But honestly, Arrow as a television show, is a more interesting story than this is. I know that sounds terrible considering that the source material is usually better than a film/TV adaptation, but in this case, I just don't feel that way. Compared to the old-school Robin Hood-looking Green Arrow of the older comics, this is a nice modern reboot, if you will. But story-wise, it was good, not great.
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I've noticed in comics these days the art is great but the stories are quick--not enough panels to tell a complete tale and a desire to avoid leaving too many loose ends untied. I've noticed that in the new Wonder Woman books (which is a shame because they're getting almost everything else right) and I saw it here too. The book is underwritten and the character of Queen is totally underdeveloped so his transition from rich jerk to rich hero is rushed and inexplicable.

If you are new to Green Arrow and you're looking for a real story, please read Grell's the Longbow Hunters. I know almost nothing about the Green Arrow and that was exactly the amount of backstory I needed to enjoy what is a wonderfully complex, character-driven story.
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