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Mike Grell is a comic book writer and artist. He worked for DC on Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Batman, Detective Comics, Superboy and Warlord. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Green Arrow
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238629
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 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 (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
With all of the hype surrounding filmmaker Kevin "Clerks" Smith's revamp of Green Arrow, I decided to give Mike Grell's classic a try.
WOW.
Every comic fan should read this. The story concerns itself with the aging Oliver Queen, A.K.A. Green Arrow, a Super-Hero/Vigilante. He and his lover, Dinah Lance, the heroine known as Black Canary, have relocated to Seattle, and soon find themselves getting involved with Serial Killers, Drug Smugglers, and a Japanese assassin known as Shado. To say any more would be to do potential readers a great injustice. There are some truly stunning moments....

Grell's art is fantastic, as is his writing; the only thing keeping this book from perfection is a handful of double page spreads that didn't (at first glance) LOOK like double page spreads; I found myself reading the left-hand page from top to bottom, then realizing I was meant to read both pages across....the art just wasn't drawing my eyes where they were meant to be. But that's a small beef. Let's hope DC Comics collects some more of Grell's Green Arrow stories. I know I'd buy them!
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If you can find this graphic novel, get it! I have no idea why Amazon lists it with "Horror Fiction." It's nothing of the sort. Green Arrow, the modern-day Robin Hood superhero, is confronted by a series of gristly murders in Seattle, and his investigation leads him into a web of intrigue involving the Japanese mafia and illegal CIA money laundering. Grell's writing and artwork are simply amazing, but be warned: This isn't a children's funnybook. It's written for mature, intelligent readers. With Green Arrow's 60th anniversary coming up, DC really needs to reprint this epic book!
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The greatest thing about comic book characters in my opinion is that they are nearly always written to be a product of their time. Thus you have Batman moving from a wisecracking crime fighter who has some lesson to teach readers at the end of every adventure, to a nightmarish figured cloaked in shadow, to standing above the very Earth itself along with Superman and the rest of the Justice League. Green Arrow is much the same, and nowhere is that better represented than in Mike Grell's critically acclaimed Longbow Hunter mini-series, which would lead to him having perhaps one of the most amazing runs featuring Green Arrow ever. It should go without saying that writing a superhero isn't easy, but its perhaps even harder to do so when that hero doesn't have any powers. While there are certainly fantastical beings and objects present in the DC Universe, there still has to be a very strong sense of balance between it all. While it's easy enough to see Batman fighting the Joker or Two Face, it becomes difficult sometimes to see him fighting the likes of Darkseid or Black Adam. Hence there are different tones used for writing the character in different series, with his own Detective Comics and Batman series being more down to Earth, and at various times not even showing other superheroes at all. This mini-series, and the ongoing series that follows it, uses the same formula.

For all intents and purposes, this is a real life superhero story, that could very easily taken in our world. There are no freeze guns, no magic lightning bolts, no martians that can read minds. This series, in its own way, is completely seperated from the rest of the DC Universe, and it's all the better for it. Even the villains that Oliver Queen is fighting within it are just regular people.
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Longbow Hunters forever changed the US comic book industry with its graphic novel format. With the series' mature, sophisticated and finite story arc, comic books finally gained a level of much needed credibility and acceptance from the public as well as the media. With landmark projects such as The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, DC Comics drastically altered the landscape of presenting costumed heroes with their simplistic banal stories but it is Mike Grell's masterpiece that set the professional standards. To this day, no project of this magnitude has been able to reach or surpass its artistic level and excellence in storytelling.

Since his first appearance in 1941, Green Arrow was considered nothing more than a second rate Batman with his trick arrows and an alter ego which quite resembled Gotham City's most famous philanthropist. Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams classic Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories brought a certain depth to the character with their alterations that heightened his popularity but it is Mike Grell who was able to launch off the Emerald Archer's first ongoing title. Perhaps Mike Grell's name may sound unfamiliar to new and younger comic book readers but his work on DC's Warlord & Jon Sable, Freelance (published by First Comics) had already garnered him a strong fan base way before Longbow Hunters solidified his reputation as a stellar writer and outstanding artist. Grell also pencilled the third Green Lantern/Green Arrow series back in 1976 with writer Dennis O'Neil. For all the faults that fans may bestow upon Bill Jemas and Joe Quesada, the decision to bring Mike Grell aboard the Iron Man series is nothing short of genial. The return of this prolific creator to mainstream comics will benefit the industry but even more so for Marvel and fans of ol' Shell Head.
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