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.
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Some of the characterizations were clumsy and really leaned toward stereotypes, but the story is what saved the day here. Not a fantastic start for a series, but certainly one that built a good foundation. As with any team book you tend to have favorites, and I am watching this one to see just how they decide to handle mine. Hoping they maintain the integrity built in independent series and don’t turn them into fools.
These stories just keep getting better and better. Prior to reading these collections my only exposure to Booster was random appearances in other books, and he was always such a horrid, third class hero that I never paid him any real attention. Now that he has his own series and is doing the Time Cop thing the character has really matured, to the point where he is close to becoming one of my favorite heroes. This volume was the best yet, and I can hardly wait to see how things unfold in the next one. Well worth the read, and one that I suspect I will return to from time to time in the future.