Comic Review: Green Arrow – Year One
Oliver Queen; wealthy playboy, Robin Hood fanatic, and what’s this? A hero?
I don’t see it quite yet. Something needs to happen first. And, quite naturally, it does.
Ollie gets drunk one night at a charity auction for a drug rehab center in his city. Very drunk. Heroically, in fact, and after purchasing an item that satisfied him immensely (not to mention after making quite a mess) realizes that he needs to get his life into order. He decides to go for a boat ride.
Mr. Queen is then betrayed by his lifelong friend and (manservant?) Mr. Hackett, in roughly the equivalent of Batman being betrayed by Alfred. He winds up cut off from civilization on a desert isle, where he learns how to survive and is reborn. The spoiled playboy is gone. Alright, mostly gone. He is transformed into what could be described as an upbeat Batman.
As fate would have it, the island he winds up on is also a cocaine farm. The story continues from there as a pretty awesome adventure that I shan’t detail for the sake of spoilers.
Enough on the synopsis; onto the review! While I had read comic books some (years!) back, this was my first ‘graphic novel’, and I must say that this is a genre of literature that I am very, very sorry to have neglected. I’m definitely reading more. I enjoyed the art style; it was as rather simple, but very well done. Stylistically, I have no gripes. The story struck me as kind of familiar, something I’d heard before, but still pretty unique as far as superhero origins go. Sure, we’ve seen lots o frich orphaned playboys before, but there’s something special about this one. He’s modeled after his childhood hero Robin Hood, and he has a pretty big personality, but what seems to be something of a shrunken ego after his landing on the island. The storytelling too, like the art style, was simple but effective.
In short, it was to the point, it was fun, and it was engaging. In long, it was a fascinating origin story, the art work was excellent, and the writers, Jock and Diggle, really did a good job presenting the character of the Green Arrow Ollie Queen.