Monday, April 22, 2013
Green Arrow: Year One
Writer: Andy Diggle
First Publication: 2007
Challenge: Graphic Novel (#5)
One of my guilty pleasures was the CW show “Smallville”. Was every episode great? No. But most shows that last that many years have good and bad episodes. When it ended CW announced that they were considering a Green Arrow show. This would be a new continuity. I had my doubts that it would be another favorite of mine. It did not take long for me to get hooked on the show. I enjoy the way the names of various comic creators are used for character names. And it is always fun to see them work other DC heroes and villains into this story.
I had missed “Green Arrow Year One” when it was published. When I attended the recent Comic Geek Speak Super Show, Wild Pig Comics had the collection for 50% off(that is the standard discount they give at the convention). I heard that various elements from this story were used for the show “Arrow”. One of the main characters was named for the writer of this story.
Oliver Queen is a young spoiled rich kid whose parents have died. He lives life on the edge. Eventually he is betrayed by a friend who casts him over the side of his yacht. Washing up on the shore of an island, he has to learn how to take care of himself. Utilizing skills he had learned as a child, he is able to survive. Then he learns that it is not always good to find that other people are on the island.
Andy Diggle has crafted an exciting island adventure. He shows how Oliver works to improve his skills. Due to the challenges he runs in to, he becomes aware that he should put other peoples’ problems ahead of his own. And in the process he becomes the hero he was always meant to be.
The art by Jock is a perfect fit for Diggle’s story. He does a great job with both the action scenes and the quieter moments of island life. Jock’s choices of panel arrangements make the action seem more intense.
If you are looking for a good done in one book story, pick this up. Highly recommended.