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Green Arrow: Year One Hardcover – April 22, 2008

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Diggle is a rising star in the comics field. He established himself as a writer for (and editor of) 2000 AD, has written Swamp Thing, Adam Strange, Green Arrow: Year One and The Losers. He is the current writer of Hellblazer. Jock has worked on The Losers (soon to be a major movie), Faker, and a series of stories for 2000 AD. He is also in great demand as a covers artist on titles including Batman.

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Customer Reviews

Jock's artwork is fantastic.
Mel Odom
There's a fair amount of well done action here, but this is a story of one man in way over his head, not a summer blockbuster of epic scale.
I highly recommend reading this wether you're a fan of the show or you don't even watch it at all.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sue on May 26, 2012
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Preston Dixon on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I picked up 'Green Arrow Year One' after watching the show Arrow on the CW. I had previous comic reading experience, especially with DC Comics' titles, but was unimpressed by other Green Arrow stories. This story was not only is beautifully drawn by Jock, but legitimizes Green Arrow as a hero. Green Arrow is so often viewed as an 'off-brand' Batman, but this story shows his unique identity and set of values. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable. Great for new or casual comic fans, as it is extremely accessible, and is self-contained.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hrishikesh Diwan on March 23, 2014
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Six months ago, I'd no idea who or what the Green Arrow was. Then I started a project to read through the major events of the DC universe (Crisis on Infinite Earths to Flashpoint) and my appreciation for the character grew. He was a great hippie/ anarchist foil to the standard law and order heroes that are Green Lantern, Superman, and Batman. My interest in him peaked however because I devoured Season One of the excellent "Arrow", the CW series. Being also a huge fan of Batman: Year One, it was then natural to read this book. Up front I must say the artwork was about average, with only a few striking panels that stayed with me. The writing was OK, but not memorable.

It's not quite as deserving of the Year One title as the original, but as origin tales go, it gets the job done. It fleshes out Oliver Queen as something more than a modern Robin Hood/ William Tell, more than a cookie cutter billionaire playboy a la Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark. It stopped just shy of greatness though, by not showing his return to his city, or explaining how he went from survivalist people's champion to urban hero. The tale was a bit abrupt in the end, and too short for my taste.

While I enjoyed it, I must say I greatly preferred the TV interpretation of the origin tale. His aversion to killing isn't explained adequately here for example (in the series he has no such moral stance, at least initially). Nor is his throwing several otherwise useful guns into the sea even when in desperate straits, which just felt bone headed while reading and pulled me out of the story.

A worthwhile read, not quite a must read...
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