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Some Inspiration for the CW's ARROW. Excellent retake on Ollie's origin,
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This review is from: Green Arrow: Year One (Paperback)
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.