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I Shoot An Arrow Into The Air, And Where It Lands I Do Not Care

Green Arrow.

Ah, man.

Okay, look, I'm probably more right than most anyone who would be reading this, politically, but I still like Green Arrow. Oliver Queen was once the poster child of liberal superhero. Happily, better poster childs appeared, since Ollie was well-meaning, but full of himself. That's sort of the charm, though. He was a loud-mouth, opinionated doof-ball who's better at spouting off politicial ideas than actually holding them. But he spouts them off with conviction! And regularity. Yeah, he's not always wrong, but he's still a giant doof.

And that's one of the reasons he's so loveable. His character is fun to watch, even if you disagree with him. His heart's in the right place, even if it's just on his sleeve.

And that's the main problem with this new 52 version of Green Arrow. He's not loveable. He's not a loudmouth. He's not a great big doof. He's a brooding anti-hero.

And. It. Does. Not. Work.

The only time it has EVER worked was when there wasn't a Batman around to show the audience how it was done. Smallville, Mike Grell's Green Arrow run (which had no one else in costume), and so on. But this is the mainstream DC Universe, new 52 or no, which means Batman is around, and when he finds out what Ollie's doing, I really hope he breaks down in uncontrollable laughter.

There's a gang of disaffected youth with superpowers, who host a sort of fight club-like underground fighting team, which they record and broadcast over the internet. This has given them a small bit of fame and infamy, which has gone to their heads, and they're escalating their super powered fights, and endangering civilians, which is where Green Arrow comes in. He, alone, goes up against this gang of supers without morals, and does all he can to shut the whole thing down.

Does that sound cool? Does that sound like a neat superhero story that has a lot of potential?

Well, too damn bad, it wastes that potential by making the lead character interminably dull.

They try. Oh, they try. They give him beard stubble, for chrissakes. Beard stubble automatically makes a guy interesting!

No, Oliver Queen here comes off as an entitled jerk who can't even be bothered to handle his civilian corporation, which leads to some higher ups wanting to take it over out from under him. That sounds like it could be interesting, too, maybe? Corporate boardroom politics, whoo! Yeah, its not interesting, either. Not even the support staff that Ollie has gathered around him, a nonlethal weapon designer and a computer expert, aren't even interesting. They're just flat.

This comic series isn't bad, by any stretch, it's just mediocre. It's so mediocre, it's not even worth getting passionate about. Which is why I've written so much about it . . .

The creative team is changing soon, next issue I think, and so I'm gonna give that a try, too, but right now I just can't recommend this one. The art by Dan Jurgens is nice, I guess? Maybe that's enough of a selling point? No? Oh.

Aaron "The Mad Whitaker" Bourque; and he was never the surrogate father to Roy Harper, which could have added some much needed depth to this dull pie.
Tags: analysis, comic books, essays, the new 52
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