The Review 52: Green Arrow 1
With a nearly endless variety in super heroes, what more could the DC universe need? Another eccentric billionaire fighting bad guys with kick ass technology, of course, and the Green Arrow delivers exactly that.
The story, written by J. T. Krul, is pretty standard for a first issue. We meet the hero Oliver Queen who takes to the streets hidden by a tiny mask and a hood that he never wears. Armed with a bow, arrows that do damn near everything, and the ability to pick the one he needs at that exact moment. This issue is pretty much just Green Arrow kicking ass and as a big fan of powerless super heroes I enjoyed it. Like a lot of the New 52, we’re not burdened with a long personal history, which lets readers get right to the action.
The artwork, by Dan Jurgens and George Perez, has an old school feel to it. While this does take away some of the realism it adds something for classic comic fans. Most of the artwork while not totally realistic is very detailed. There are very few frames where anything was skipped
The costume is basically some armoured wrist guards, the skin tight suit (pants and sleeveless shirt) a hood, which annoyingly is down for the entire issue, and various weaponry attached to various places. He’s green, he fires arrows, the name pretty much says it all.
The villains in this issue are pretty much the only thing that strays away from standard comic storyline. The green arrow isn’t fighting a well established super villain, at the same time he’s not fighting just regular criminals. If you went to a college campus and picked the three stupidest people you could find and gave them super powers you’d have these villains. Their motive is just to have stupid fun and be famous on YouTube. One guy with super strength, one with lightning, and a girl who’s seemingly useless power is to almost, but not quite, divide into two people. The change is refreshing but a little cheesy, and gives Green Arrow the opportunity to kick some ass.
Overall Green Arrow earns a 3.5/5. While the artwork is good and the action well depicted, the story isn’t all that creative. The more modern view of the villain is interesting but otherwise the story stays pretty basic. Issue one is a good read, but don’t expect anything groundbreaking.
Final Score: 3.5/5