For this week, I am critiquing the most recent reboot of the Green Arrow comic book. If you haven’t read the first 8 or so issues, this review will contain spoilers (plus it came out in 2016 – really guys).
I am a fan of Green Arrow and have been since the early 80’s (Yeah, I’m old). Seeing that he has lost a lot of his trick arrows is a good thing. Yes, the boxing glove arrow has gone away. The new series shows his skills with not just a bow and arrow, but hid detective skills and other things. Ollie has been humanized and not left as a bleeding heart liberal.
Additionally, they have expanded character rolls and brought back some older characters. It’s good to see more of the action that would have been relegated to a montage or worse, left out. Nice work here.
The first few issues have the same bad guy. OK, that makes sense. However, they are burnt or disfigured. Are you kidding me. I understand this is a comic book and there is a given suspension of belief, but when I see a guy with no lips talking eloquently, then I have to really work at it. You try talking by holding your lips back. I did, it ain’t easy.
I don’t have a lot to say on this part. The story line is good and so is the action. Decent art, so I don’t really have an ugly. I will say this. If you are going to tie in the TV characters, then they should all match. Ollie in the show is under 30 (by a large margin – I know these things). In the comic, he’s over 30 (speaking from experience). Maybe they’ll hand wave it and say: The TV show is before he moves to Seattle. Yeah, right.