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Green Arrow: Year One Hardcover – 18 Apr 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (18 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216870
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Green arrow is a dc comics superhero who's been around for a while now, and as a result his origin has been retold several times over the years. This is the latest telling of that tale. And very good it is, too.

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
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To have Year One in the title then it really does need to live up to the furore that comes with that. Sadly Green Arrow: Year One fails to do so. In no way is the story bad, but in equal measures it is far from a classic. I struggle to see people in 20 years time looking back on this with as much fondness as they would Batman: Year One. That may seem a harsh comparison but that's what you get if you decide to have Year One in the title.

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.
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Oliver Queen's abandonment on an island forces the spoilt and arrogant man-child to become a disciplined fighter for justice as he seeks vengeance for himself and the island inhabitors.
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!
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Andy Diggle writes a breezy, raw reintroduction to DC's emerald archer - Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow - and this book acts as a perfect jumping on point for anybody unfamiliar with the character. Forgoing any comic book sci fi shenanigans the DC universe is famed for, the book is set entirely within the real world and gives a raw take on the character.

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.
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I've never been a fan of Green Arrrow's and have only seen the character crop up in big events like Final Crisis a few years back, so I didn't know what to expect from the character. He's basically just Robin Hood right?

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.
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