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Green Arrow: Year One Paperback – April 14, 2009
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Jock is one of 2000 AD's finest young creators. As well as illustrating "Judge Dredd";"Pulp Sci-Fi";"Tharg the Mighty" and "Tor Cyan," Jock co-created "Lenny Zero" and "The Losers" with Andy Diggle, and is the concept artist of the re-booted 2011 "Judge Dredd" movie.
Also features stories by writers John Wagner & Alan Grant and artist Greg Staples.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my opinion, one of the best Arrow comic book story lines to date. If you like the Arrow TV series, you'll love this book!Published 29 days ago by Jonathan
This is an incredibly well executed origin story. Full of character development, well crafted story telling and top notch art work. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Mark McLaughlin
This is one of two stories that inspired the Green Arrow interpretation in the Arrow TV series. Beautifully drawn and compellingly scripted. A raw origin story, gritty and dark. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ivan53