Oliver Queen is a billionaire playboy by day, daring vigilante known as Green Arrow by night... hey wake up! I know, it's kind of cliché to have the superhero be a billionaire playboy what with the far more popular Batman and Iron Man already representing that niche but look, Green Arrow's different: he has a bow and arrow! Hmm. Ok, how to interest the reader... he puts different pieces of tech on the end of his arrows so they do different things, say an ice arrow or an airbags arrow. No? How about a series of nondescript villains he fights? Yeah you're right, this book is kind of lame.
Having read Andy Diggle's far superior Green Arrow book "Year One" I knew how Queen became Green Arrow but for those coming to this character cold, you're never told so you'll have to figure it out yourself. The book is divided into 2 storylines: the first, written by JT Krul, has GA take on a team of bad guy supervillains who broadcast their misdeeds online - saucy (and riddled with plot holes)! The second, written by Keith Giffen, involves some kind of Toxic Avenger knockoff and a ninja.
As expected, GA takes `em all down by shooting various tech at them embedded in the tips of his arrows. In between naps I looked up to read Oliver Queen getting lectured by his CEO about running his company. Because that's what you want to read about in a superhero comic - corporate rules.
This isn't the worst superhero comic book but it is undeniably bland. Even the great George Perez's artwork can't save this snooze-fest as Krul or Giffen fail to show the reader why Green Arrow is a superhero they should care about or even why he's a semi-famous character who's recently been given his own TV show. With no large storyline, interesting villain, or particularly original character in the driving seat, Green Arrow is a limp and disappointing start to the series.