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Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Midas Touch (The New 52) [Kindle Edition]

J.T. Krul , Dan Jurgens , Various
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The Emerald Archer returns, relaunched for a new generation of readers!

The masked vigilante Green Arrow is used to looking for trouble, but now trouble's come looking for him! Enter Rush and his gang of thrill-seeking trust fund babies, buying their super powers and treating the world as their playground. Along with their rotting man-monster Midas and the assassin Blood Rose, Rush plans to kill a super hero live on the Internet. Even with his cutting-edge weapons and tech from Q-Core, the odds are stacked against Green Arrow!

From Dan Jurgens (Superman), J.T. Krul (Captain Atom), Keith Giffen (O.M.A.C.) and George Perez (Worlds' Finest), this latest chapter of Green Arrow is a can't-miss event!


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"A perfect example of a sharply written, and sophisticated, superhero title." -" Complex Magazine"

About the Author

J.T. Krul is an American comic book writer whose first comic work was at Marvel Comics, writing "X-men Unlimited." He has since made quite a name for himself in the comic industry, writing the majority of books at Aspen MLT including "Fathom." His recent projects include "Captain Atom, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Blackest Night: Titans, Titans, Justice League: Rise And Fall" for DC Comics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 80082 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EX1YF0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blandness prevails 12 Oct. 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Start 24 Jun. 2013
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While I can understand a lot of GA fans not liking this story it is a brilliant jumping on point for new comers to both Green Arrow and DC in general. Unlike Batman or Green Lantern no back knowledge of GA is required with this book, its a completely new slate and fresh perspective.

Before the New 52 I had read very little DC comics and had never read a GA title before. However, being a fan of sci-fi and comics in general I did have a passing knowledge of the character.

The Midas Touch does away with the middle aged archer and reshapes Oliver Queen as a younger, 'greener' (no pun intended), man. Oliver is more fitting of WB's Smallville or recent Arrow series rather than his previous comic book counterpart. He his a man trying to do what is right while juggling a lifestyle he doesn't really want.

The only downside to the book is there is no hint at Oliver's back story, whether his origins of being ship wrecked on a deserted island will stand is unknown. And that is the problem with this story, wheres Green Lantern just continued on from its previous saga, GA is completely new and without any back story to the character or his surroundings it leaves both newcomers and fans alike a little lost and disjointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The 1970s called… 28 Aug. 2014
By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The story running through issues #1-6 of DC Comics’ New 52 Green Arrow series is collected as Green Arrow TP Vol 01 The Midas Touch (Green Arrow (DC Comics Paperback)). This is the New 52 Green Arrow – gone is the beard, the costumed sidekick, the long running relationships with Black Canary and/or mysterious female oriental martial artists, decades of angst and anger at social injustice, and the lost billionaire industrialist lifestyle; everything, in fact, that lifted him out his former situation of being a backup character. Instead, now he has designer stubble, non-costumed sidekicks who stay in the lab and run his comms and intel (just like Oracle or Alfred), short Bruce Wayne-like social relationships, and a billionaire industrialist lifestyle; though he has kept the anger at something or other.

Back in the 1980s, writer-artist Mike Grell took the character and his 40-year backup-feature history, and by force of character made him into a major league player, without giving up any of the backstory – simply by deepening it and giving it relevance to the character. This comic reads like a 1970s backup feature, despite having top-line writers and artists. There is nothing new here, and unfortunately, nothing old either. It appears to have been assembled from cast-offs from various Batman series. The villains, while adopting modern social trends, are off-the-shelf generic characters, and even the scientist-gone wrong villain thinks of himself as a second-rate Alec Holland. What’s to like? I don’t know, but considering that this title has continued while several better-quality ones have folded, he must be reaching a new audience, or it improves with age.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss 10 Oct. 2013
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I'll start with a list of what this volume doesn't contain, Roy Harper (never mentioned but since he is off with Jason Todd there must have been some falling out), Mia Dearden, Black Canary, Star City, any kind of backstory, any reference to an island, any other dc hero (except a couple of nods to superman), recognisable enemies, Stephan Amell (although there are abs)anyone expecting any of these then sorry to disappoint but none of these appear, this is a soft re-boot familiar in some aspects but different in others.

So what is there you ask, well there is a young inexperienced and brash Oliver Queen, struggling to be both the crime fighting Green Arrow and the head of Q-Core a off-shoot of the larger Queen Industries, patrolling Seattle by night annoying the C.E.O with his lax attitude by day, unfortunately this is an all to familiar road to be walked and others have done it better, also this is before Queen has become part of the wider hero community so no friendship with Hal Jordan and no romance with Black Canary (two of the better relationships that DC has and they choose to not have either, bit daft if you ask me) instead you've got tech girl Naomi and weapon guy Jax (no Daxter though) who play their part but don't quite reach interesting, also the antagonists in both three part story are a bit undersold frankly most of the ones in the first story are so paper thin character wise you wonder why they bothered with them, Midas has potential but you can't help but think you've seen his like before and his partner Blood Rose well I'll let you decide for yourselves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the target by miles
To call this book disappointing would be a kindness. The only positive is that it doesn't feature a prolonged origin re-write for the character and the art is quite well done. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kieran Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars DC AT ITS BEST
Best
Published 1 month ago by Geraint Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy
My grandson just loved this comic. He's age 11 and obsessed with this series.
Published 4 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining
Published 5 months ago by jayne
3.0 out of 5 stars needs improvement
This is by far the worst of the new 52 that I have read but I hope it gets better as I really like the green arrow
Published 8 months ago by Matthew
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
pretty good with lots of action
Published 9 months ago by Allaan Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 10 months ago by Andy Mass
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but nothing special
The new green arrow for the the 52 is sadly very average. It's a shame but the it appears that dc did not have a great plan for Ollie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by moq
1.0 out of 5 stars Price Fixing?
Why are there so many variations in price for dc new 52 products? This was three pounds yesterday but is over £5 today. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Supershoppa
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a terrible story but wrong for the New 52
DC Comics relaunched their entire line of superhero comics a couple of years ago under the banner of 'The New 52'. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul (mistlevoice@hotmail.com)
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