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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401217435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401217433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,278 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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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.
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It's a delightful read recommended to any fan of comics, and definitely any fan of Green Arrow.
Kyle N.

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40 of 41 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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12 of 13 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Preston Dixon on December 21, 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Allington on June 8, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Barnhill on February 26, 2014
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Year One is a great new introduction to the character and also is a base for some of the stories in the tv show Arrow. It started off what could have been such a promising run for GA in the new 52 if used. No complaints now though since Lemire is the head writer. Anyway, this is an amazing and essential read for any fan of Green Arrow.
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Written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Jock, Green Arrow: Year One is limited series from 2007 that sets to tell the origin story of Oliver Queen in the Post-Crisis universe. In doing so, it tells an excellent tale that's complimented just as well by excellent art, one that will fit nicely in any comic book collection.

Wealthy playboy Oliver Queen is not a likeable guy. He is selfish and cares about nothing more than his money and women, and has no qualms about how he gets it or what he does with it. After making a drunken embarrassment of himself at a charity auction (where he showed the world he didn't care about the poor), he leaves on his boat to get away. There, he winds up thrown overboard and washes up on an island where he must fend for himself. It's here that he discovers himself, using solely a bow and arrows to survive. However, he is not alone on the island, and he must soon put his skills with a bow and arrow to the test, while more importantly discovering who he really is.

This is a fine origin story for Oliver Queen, one that superbly establishes many aspects of his character or connecting it to chronologically later story lines (such as Roy Harper's addiction to heroin). In fact, the main tale here is not of Oliver's survival on the island, but more his growth into becoming a happier, more selfless character, one who wants to fight for the poor. This growth comes at just the right pace and for just the right reasons, and it makes for an engaging tale. Queen himself grows into a likeable character, one who's not only selfless and has the skill to be the hero, but also one who's got a nice amount of wit and intelligence about him. His own quips and inner dialogue really help show the good writing involved by Andy Diggle.
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