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52apolooza: Green Arrow

Written by Jerry Steinhelper, Dan Buckley and SaturnKnight on Sunday, September 25 2011 and posted in Reviews

Green Arrow's got big mutton chops and low expectations.  How did the book do in 52apolooza?  Click and find out!

Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  If you'd like to see how this book compares to the rest of DC's New 52, check out the Official 52apolooza Rankings!

J.T. Krul had the infamy of ending Green Arrow's marriage, turning his former sidekick into a relapsed drug addict who liked to cuddle with dead cats and then stuck him in a magical fairy woodland for a dozen or so issues.  So what could he possibly do in the DC Relaunch that hasn't been done before?  Read on and see how Green Arrow #1 fared with our reviewers!

Grab Bag Reviewer: Jerry Steinhelper

Second rate Batman with arrows for almost 30 years. Then a liberal broke crusader, then a womanizing cad who abandons his own children, then he got violent, then he was dead, then he was alive and fun, then he got married, then single again then he became mayor then he was etc etc etc.

In short, Green Arrow has been many things with only his love for kick-ass chili and arrows being the common denominator.

So what to expect from the new Green Arrow? Obvious differences are that he is at least 30 years younger, the goatee thing is gone (and about time too), he's not a solo operator anymore and he's quite rich. Similarities are that his name is Oliver Queen and he's pretty good in a fight using arrows.

Basically, he's a completely new character. And there's nothing wrong with that.

This is a straight up super-hero book. Take a hero that travels the world, add in some super-bad guys, mix and you get a typical comic super-hero stuff. And if there's anything at fault with with this, is that it may be too generic for some taste. But not for mine. This book echoed back to a day where heroes were heroes and bad guys were bad guys (right down to the jail break at this issues end).

Art wise, Jurgens and Perez are a wonderful combination and easily worth a return trip to this title. But for how long a return is unknown as while there were some future story possibilities laid out here, they aren't enough to really tell what direction this books potential could be after.

Writing - 10/25
Art - 23/25
Accessibility - 19/25
Enjoyment - 18/20

Total Score- 70

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