Green Arrow: Year One Hardcover – 18 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Andy Diggle is a rising star in the comics field. He established himself as a writer for (and editor of) 2000 AD, has written Swamp Thing, Adam Strange, Green Arrow: Year One and The Losers. He is the current writer of Hellblazer. Jock has worked on The Losers (soon to be a major movie), Faker, and a series of stories for 2000 AD. He is also in great demand as a covers artist on titles including Batman. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Oliver Queen, bored billionare playboy is living for the moment and looking for that certain something that's missing from his life. When he's shipwrecked on a desert island, he has to learn archery fast in order to hunt for game so he can survive. but he's not alone on the island. a nasty drug smuggler has a base there, and is keeping lots of people as slaves.
Can one man with a bow and arrow save the day? and find himself in the process?
This was a comic mini series that ran for six issues, and this collects them under one cover. excellently written by andy diggle and with vivid eye catching art from jock that really suits the story and creates the style well, this is a gripping action adventure and an excellent character study. there are no other superheroes in sight, and it does suit the character to be grounded in the real way.
A superb retelling of the tale for a new generation, this is a great read and well worth getting
Diggle has gone for a harsh and gritty realism to tell this origin story of the Green Arrow, and up to a point this works. For me its the realism bit where it falls down; a stereotypical playboy type marooned on a desert island with no survival skills suddenly becomes Bear Grylls taking on drug runners and whoever else gets in his way. It just doesn't fit with the story being told. Diggle has tried to make the story so action packed that the story suffers as a result. And because of this I found it more a chore to continue reading the next chapter instead of wanting to.
The artwork at times works nicely and complements the story, but the majority of the time I found it substandard to the normal standard DC sets itself. However I do admit that this could be more down to my personal taste than anything else.
Fast paced, full of action and unashamedly artistic, ths volume was a really great buy, and this coming from someone who doesnt like your conventional green arrow!
Millionaire manchild Queen spends his days thrillseeking and his evenings chasing women (the similarities with Marvel's Tony Stark are plain to see), refusing to grow up. When an employee betrays him and leaves him for dead, marooned on an island with no means of escape, Queen is forced into a fight for survival - he must learn to hunt and use the resources of nature as weapons, and fashions a long bow with which to do so, becoming somewhat of a latter day Robin Hood. Discovering a drugs operation on the island, Queen realises he is the only one who can bring justice.
With the emphasis very much on the survival story, then later the taking down of the bad guys, this is a book that reads like a well-paced action movie. From the pages depicting Queen adjusting to his surroundings, learning to hunt, constructing his bow, to the final siege on the compound, every action beat is hit perfectly. Archetypes work in the book's favour - you know exactly what you're getting, but it's what you asked for. Predictability never stands in the way of it being exciting.
The art too is gorgeous - Jock's style is deceptively simple, almost exressionistic, focussing more on mood and dynamism than realism, with great use of negative space in whtie backgrounds to draw attention to certain panels. The colours are muted, suiting the island setting well.
Highly recommended to comics fans, and people looking for a taut, exciting read.
Well I was pleasantly surprised. Oliver Queen is a rich playboy who lives a directionless life until one day while practicing archery in the Pacific, his friend betrays him and leaves him for dead. He washes ashore a desert island and hones his skills with a bow and arrow until he realises he's not alone on the island. It's a massive grow farm for heroin and the indigenous population have been enslaved by a ruthless Chinese woman called China White.
I thought the action was really well done. Seeing Oliver change over time and develop his look, see the things that would go into making him the hero he becomes at the end was cleverly put together by Andy Diggle who made me care about a character I didn't previously know about in the space of just 6 short issues. Jock's artwork is great throughout and the "Castaway" type sequences were excellently rendered.
Overall, "Year One" is a very decent comic book that does a great job of introducing one of DC's lesser characters. The only thing is this came out in 2007 and DC have recently begun rebooting every one of their 52 characters so I guess this was kind of a moot exercise. It's still a good read though and worth checking out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this graphic novel, the art was beautifully engaging and the story sets the scene for Green Arrow's emergence into crime fighter really well. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Lynch
good read. bought 2nd hand and it was in very good conditionPublished 19 months ago by Justin_isonfire
Amazing story, can't wait to read the next chapter. It's an excellent interpretation of the green arrow story. Illustrations are brilliant too.Published 20 months ago by lockmeister
I've had this book for quite a while and it was worth the wait. I'd been saving it along with other Green Arrow books for after the fantastic second season of the ARROW TV series... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Keith
Brilliant different take on the green arrow. A good read. Definitely worth reading, good portrayal of the billionaire and how he came to be.Published 24 months ago by Mr J Gardiner
Green Arrow as a character is simply one of the best and this origins style story really is first rate. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by Chris
Loved it...though I chin as chance it to read green arrow and it paid off Diego recommend this to any one who like dcPublished on 24 July 2013 by robbie spice