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Green Arrow: Year One Hardcover – April 22, 2008
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I think I started in the right place! I loved this story, and coming from the show to this, I wasn't disappointed what so ever. As much as I love the flashbacks in the EARLIER seasons, I gotta say, this book takes the cake.
Now, as for the quality of the book itself, it arrived it near perfect condition, with just one corner of the cover, that kinda wants to curl up. Just very slightly, but still worth pointing out. It's not bent, just wants to curl.
The paper stock is great on the inside however, and the art is beautiful and consistent.
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.
And now my review
You pick up this book and the first thing that stands out is the art which continues to get more and more detailed as the story moves along. This is not just your regular run of the mill, heres the character and this is what he does and what he is known for. This is a reinvention of one of the most awesome characters in the DC universe. This book does a great job of introducing our character Oliver Queen and shows that he is just the rich playboy that everyone is expected to be when they are as wealthy as he is. I hate to give spoilers so I will just say it takes him making a fool of himself at a social event(a very funny part of the story) for him to come to a realization that he must change a few things. Well he goes for a getaway and runs across a bad lot of people and has to figure out a way to survive. We see him become a Robinson Crusoe and we see as his ability to focus starts to set up his new identity. He begins to build a strong ethical code and we see him start to mature in front of our very eyes and take on something that is much bigger than just himself. The writing is superb and the art is outstanding. I will tell you this, this book has now pole vaulted Green Arrow into number 2 on my favorites list of characters behind only Superman (no way he gets knocked out of number 1) I also picked up the Green Arrow and the Longbow Hunters 3 book set, that shows a darker more adult focused story of green arrow and crimes. I suggest if you read Year One and want more start with The Longbow Hunters and then move on to the ARCHERS Quest Series starting with Quiver. They are worth it.
A very good read for 'Arrow', 'Diggle' & "Jock" fans