I have to admit, when I first cracked this volume I just about put it down simply because of the change in artwork from the prior volume. I decided to give it a shot though, and the artwork grew on me, reminding me of Mike Grell’s work. The writing however was a different story, and it took me longer to grow to like it. Now, having finished the volume I find that I enjoyed the read, but I certainly wasn’t bowled over by brilliant writing, and the only real saving grace of the volume was the last third where it felt like the writer was finally finding a voice.
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I am rarely in favor of a complete relaunch of a series, especially one that takes the character back to origin, but this book is a rare exception to that for me. Green Arrow has always been a favorite for me, though he has had his ups and downs with the various writers in control of his fate. Some of the stories I have loved, others I have despised, but I have always loved the idealism of the character. This relaunch keeps that idealism, modernizes the series, and takes Oliver back to the glory days of being a young man. There seems to be a nice balance between action and story, and you quickly bond with the characters, which is something I typically associate with exceptional writing. Then again, this is Dan Jurgens at work so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I loved the look and feel of the book as well. All in all a very impressive volume, and an excellent example of a relaunch done right. I eagerly await the next volume.
Green Arrow has long been one of those characters that I have had a love/hate relationship with. With some writers the character really comes alive, and with others the story languishes and the character just becomes bland. J.T. Krul is really bringing this character to life for me in a way I haven’t seen since the days when Grell was doing the writing. Tossing in a bit of Arthurian Legend to mix with the Robin Hood mythos is a great approach, and while still uniquely its own it adds a nice extra flavor to what is turning into a very well crafted story. I eagerly await the next volume.