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Green Arrow: Año uno Publicado originalmente en los números 1 a 6 de Green Arrow: Year One, de septiembre a noviembre de 2007. Oliver Queen es un frívolo playboy al que no le importa nada ni nadie... aparentemente ni siquiera él mismo. Pero cuando es traicionado y abandonado en medio de la jungla, en una isla, averigua que realmente hay algo que le importa: ¡la justicia! Ar Green Arrow: Año uno Publicado originalmente en los números 1 a 6 de Green Arrow: Year One, de septiembre a noviembre de 2007. Oliver Queen es un frívolo playboy al que no le importa nada ni nadie... aparentemente ni siquiera él mismo. Pero cuando es traicionado y abandonado en medio de la jungla, en una isla, averigua que realmente hay algo que le importa: ¡la justicia! Armado solamente con un arco y unas flechas hechas a mano, Queen lucha por sobrevivir en un nuevo y cruel territorio, mientras combate a los violentos traficantes de droga responsables de su situación. More fun comics núm. 73 Publicado originalmente en noviembre de 1941. Cuando la muerte hace acto de presencia en el Club de Historia, Green Arrow y Speedy, maestros arqueros del siglo, deben detener al asesino de tocayos de personalidades famosas.


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Green Arrow: Año uno Publicado originalmente en los números 1 a 6 de Green Arrow: Year One, de septiembre a noviembre de 2007. Oliver Queen es un frívolo playboy al que no le importa nada ni nadie... aparentemente ni siquiera él mismo. Pero cuando es traicionado y abandonado en medio de la jungla, en una isla, averigua que realmente hay algo que le importa: ¡la justicia! Ar Green Arrow: Año uno Publicado originalmente en los números 1 a 6 de Green Arrow: Year One, de septiembre a noviembre de 2007. Oliver Queen es un frívolo playboy al que no le importa nada ni nadie... aparentemente ni siquiera él mismo. Pero cuando es traicionado y abandonado en medio de la jungla, en una isla, averigua que realmente hay algo que le importa: ¡la justicia! Armado solamente con un arco y unas flechas hechas a mano, Queen lucha por sobrevivir en un nuevo y cruel territorio, mientras combate a los violentos traficantes de droga responsables de su situación. More fun comics núm. 73 Publicado originalmente en noviembre de 1941. Cuando la muerte hace acto de presencia en el Club de Historia, Green Arrow y Speedy, maestros arqueros del siglo, deben detener al asesino de tocayos de personalidades famosas.

30 review for Green Arrow: Año Uno

  1. 5 out of 5

    Swaroop

    I should run. Hide. But that was the old Oliver Queen. That`s not who I am anymore. I`m a HUNTER. …and now I`m pissed. Oliver Queen has been spending his time and wealth pointlessly on trivial pursuits, not caring much about himself or anyone else. But, when he gets betrayed and backstabbed, and is left stranded on an island, Oliver Queen finds a self purpose and a sense of direction - he will have to fight for justice! With a very good storyline and nice graphic illustrations, Green Arrow : Ye I should run. Hide. But that was the old Oliver Queen. That`s not who I am anymore. I`m a HUNTER. …and now I`m pissed. Oliver Queen has been spending his time and wealth pointlessly on trivial pursuits, not caring much about himself or anyone else. But, when he gets betrayed and backstabbed, and is left stranded on an island, Oliver Queen finds a self purpose and a sense of direction - he will have to fight for justice! With a very good storyline and nice graphic illustrations, Green Arrow : Year One is a must read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Re-Read 2014 I read this for the 1st time about 5 years ago, and thought it was amazing. So, I re-read it this year...just to make sure. Since the tv show started, quite a few people have asked me to recommend a good Green Arrow comic book. And this was the only one I could think to point them towards. Shame on you, New 52! Anyway, I got a little nervous when I realized it had been a while since I had actually read this one. What if I was remembering it wrong? What if it sucked!? Long story short Re-Read 2014 I read this for the 1st time about 5 years ago, and thought it was amazing. So, I re-read it this year...just to make sure. Since the tv show started, quite a few people have asked me to recommend a good Green Arrow comic book. And this was the only one I could think to point them towards. Shame on you, New 52! Anyway, I got a little nervous when I realized it had been a while since I had actually read this one. What if I was remembering it wrong? What if it sucked!? Long story short, I bought it...and read it again. Turns out, I was (for once) right. This is still the best Green Arrow title that I've ever read, and it's one of the rare books that stands the test of time. If you're looking for a well-written origin story about Oliver Queen, look no further. This is the definitive Green Arrow. Original review 2009 Honestly, this is really the first time I've really read anything about Green Arrow, so I can't compare it to anything else, but I really enjoyed this one! In fact, I think this is one of the better origin stories that I've read. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves to read comics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    Apparently there are two methods on how to survive if you find yourself marooned on an island: 1) Go almost crazy from loneliness and start talking to a volleyball. 2) Teach yourself to be a master archer using the bow and arrows you cobble together. The first alternative will get you an Oscar nomination while the second will enable you to become a superhero with your own TV show. Wealthy Oliver Queen is a feckless thrill-seeking playboy. After embarrassing himself with a drunken incident at a chari Apparently there are two methods on how to survive if you find yourself marooned on an island: 1) Go almost crazy from loneliness and start talking to a volleyball. 2) Teach yourself to be a master archer using the bow and arrows you cobble together. The first alternative will get you an Oscar nomination while the second will enable you to become a superhero with your own TV show. Wealthy Oliver Queen is a feckless thrill-seeking playboy. After embarrassing himself with a drunken incident at a charity auction, Oliver decides to lay low by taking a business trip on his yacht. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as planned, and he ends up washed ashore on an island. In order to eat, Oliver makes a bow out material he scavenges from a deserted village and becomes a hunter. But when he discovers a gang of criminals using the island for heroin production, Oliver finds himself taking a stand for the first time in his privileged life. This was a great comic that updated the Green Arrow origins while still being a highly enjoyable story by itself. A spoiled billionaire becoming a socially conscious crime fighter isn’t the most believable character on paper, but Andy Diggle and Jock do a great job of establishing pre-island Oliver as a bored guy seeking something bigger than himself so that the transition flows naturally. The story is just gritty and violent enough to have some heft, but not so overwhelming that it makes it less fun. This was obviously a big influence on the CW series Arrow in tone and the way that the island changes Oliver. (The show named a prominent character ‘Diggle’ as a nod towards the comic’s writer.) Any fan of the TV series looking to read Green Arrow’s comic adventures would probably find this one a very satisfying read even though there are significant plot differences between the two.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    "I should run. Hide. But that was the old Oliver Queen. That's not who I am anymore. I am a hunter." -- Oliver Queen, a.k.a Green Arrow, facing down the bad guys on pages 54-55 I admired author Diggle's work after reading one of his more recent 007 graphic novels last month, so it seemed like a no-brainer to check out some of his other efforts. His Green Arrow: Year One is a 21st century updating of the DC's crimefighting bowman, that character who used to be considered a Batman knockoff (still s "I should run. Hide. But that was the old Oliver Queen. That's not who I am anymore. I am a hunter." -- Oliver Queen, a.k.a Green Arrow, facing down the bad guys on pages 54-55 I admired author Diggle's work after reading one of his more recent 007 graphic novels last month, so it seemed like a no-brainer to check out some of his other efforts. His Green Arrow: Year One is a 21st century updating of the DC's crimefighting bowman, that character who used to be considered a Batman knockoff (still somewhat applicable) crossed with folklore hero Robin Hood. In this latest incarnation it appears Diggle also places a heaping helping of Robert Downey Jr.'s version of Tony Stark / Iron Man in the mix as well, and subjects playboy Oliver Queen to an energetic-if-predictable streamlined origin story. While I don't dislike Green Arrow, I think part of my cool reception on the volume is that I think the guy works better when paired with Black Canary (as they often have great banter, if there is a good writer at the helm) or is working with his pals in the Justice League.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    What a great example of taking a 'third-tier' character and reimaging him...now he is one of the hottest DC characters around! Should be a 'text book' for other characters - (Hawkman). A really interesting situation because of the popularity of Hawkeye over at Marvel: almost like the two are competing for the cowl of Robin Hood! What a great example of taking a 'third-tier' character and reimaging him...now he is one of the hottest DC characters around! Should be a 'text book' for other characters - (Hawkman). A really interesting situation because of the popularity of Hawkeye over at Marvel: almost like the two are competing for the cowl of Robin Hood!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ronyell

    5.5 stars!!! Introduction: Alright, so I have been reading “Batman” and “Superman” comic books from DC Comics so far, but I have yet to read comic books from other superheroes like “Flash,” “Green Lantern” and “Wonder Woman.” But now I finally got the chance to check out another DC superhero that I have not read about at all and that is “Green Arrow!” Now, I have been watching the “Arrow” TV series for a while now and I had always wanted to read more about “Green Arrow” as a character. S 5.5 stars!!! Introduction: Alright, so I have been reading “Batman” and “Superman” comic books from DC Comics so far, but I have yet to read comic books from other superheroes like “Flash,” “Green Lantern” and “Wonder Woman.” But now I finally got the chance to check out another DC superhero that I have not read about at all and that is “Green Arrow!” Now, I have been watching the “Arrow” TV series for a while now and I had always wanted to read more about “Green Arrow” as a character. So, when I heard so many good things about a comic book called “Green Arrow: Year One,” I just had to check it out and man, was I blown away by this awesome comic book! What is this story about? Oliver Queen was a rich playboy who was always spoiled and seemed to only care about what he wanted rather than what others wanted. But, when Oliver’s friend Hackett ended up betraying him and throwing him out of the boat to die, Oliver manages to survive by ending up on an abandoned island. It was there that Oliver starts to realize his true potential in life while slowly becoming the famous GREEN ARROW! What I loved about this story: Andy Diggle’s writing: Oh my goodness! I will be honest here, I have never read any of Andy Diggle’s works on comic books before, so this comic book is not only my first introduction to Green Arrow, but also my first introduction to Andy Diggle’s works and his writing on “Green Arrow: Year One” has definitely blown me away! I loved the way that Andy Diggle wrote the action sequences as they were truly intense and I was literally on the edge of my seat seeing if Oliver manages to survive against a group of violent and cruel drug lords who are trying to kill Oliver in order to keep their plans a secret. I also loved the way that Andy Diggle developed Oliver’s character as Oliver started out as a spoiled brat who did not care about anyone but himself. But when Oliver’s life is in great danger and he sees a group of people on the island being enslaved by the drug lords, it was then that we start seeing Oliver grow as a character and having him realize the true potential inside himself by becoming the hero for the people. I also loved the fact that Oliver was portrayed as being a laid back yet assertive and courageous character, especially during his time on the island and I really felt the growth that Oliver went through on his adventures. What was interesting to me about this comic book were the similarities with the “Arrow” TV series, as in both this comic book and the TV series had Oliver stranded on an island and trying to survive, while also training to use a bow and arrow which would benefit him GREATLY in the future. Jock’s artwork: Just like his artwork in “Batman: The Black Mirror,” Jock has done an astonishing job with the artwork in this comic book! I just loved the way that Jock made all the characters look realistic while providing a scratchy look to the characters. I especially loved the way that action sequences were drawn as the explosions really glow off the pages and I loved the way that whenever the characters are standing underneath the sun or some kind of light, the lights literally glow off the characters, providing so much beauty to the image. What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: For anyone who does not like language and gory violence in a comic book, this comic book has some language (even though it is not as strong as some comic books I had read over the years) and some violence where some characters are shot with arrows and you can see the blood spurting out as the arrows hit the characters. Final Thoughts: Overall, “Green Arrow: Year One” is POSITIVELY, ABSOLUTELY and SERIOUSLY one “Green Arrow” comic book you have to check out if you are a huge fan of everyone’s favorite arrow toting superhero and if you want to know the origin story of Oliver Queen! Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  7. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Not a huge Andy Diggle fan (Nothing against him, he seems awesome, just don't love a lot of his work.) but this was pretty fun! So this is the origins of Green Arrow. Oh, you don't know it? It's almost as famous as Batman or Spider-man at this point. Especially since Arrow became a hit. A lot of what Arrow does is taken from this comic actually. So Oliver is a rich prick who plays to much in life. What happens? His best buddy backstabs him, throws him in the ocean to die, and then he ends up on Not a huge Andy Diggle fan (Nothing against him, he seems awesome, just don't love a lot of his work.) but this was pretty fun! So this is the origins of Green Arrow. Oh, you don't know it? It's almost as famous as Batman or Spider-man at this point. Especially since Arrow became a hit. A lot of what Arrow does is taken from this comic actually. So Oliver is a rich prick who plays to much in life. What happens? His best buddy backstabs him, throws him in the ocean to die, and then he ends up on a island. He has to learn to survive, becoming the Green Arrow in the process, and then of course meets his friend again but not in the way you'd expect. Good: The art is pretty great, with some awesome fight scenes and badass posses. I also thought Oliver's internal monolog was pretty fun. You can tell he's a conflicted guy sometimes but he a liberal tree huger no matter what. Bad: The storyline isn't epic or brand new, everything you expect happens happens, and the pacing can be a little slow int he middle. Overall a perfect book for people who haven't read many Green Arrow stories. It's actually solid no matter what, but can't help but feel like been here before. Still, good stuff, solid 3.5, I'll bump it to a 4 just because I think it's worth reading for any fan of the green arrow himself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    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 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    This is the origin story of Green Arrow, and it leaves a much better impression than the godawful TV show right away. The basic premise is the same — billionaire playboy gets lost at sea and stranded on an island where he learns to survive, and then meets some bad guys and fights them. But because it's a comic book and not a live action show, there's 100% less Stephen Amell in the mix, and of course no Berlanti/Guggenheim to turn the story into a cheeseball of horrible writing and plotting. Andy This is the origin story of Green Arrow, and it leaves a much better impression than the godawful TV show right away. The basic premise is the same — billionaire playboy gets lost at sea and stranded on an island where he learns to survive, and then meets some bad guys and fights them. But because it's a comic book and not a live action show, there's 100% less Stephen Amell in the mix, and of course no Berlanti/Guggenheim to turn the story into a cheeseball of horrible writing and plotting. Andy Diggle's comic is sharp and gets right to the point, it easily reads in one sitting and is entertaining throughout. Jock's artwork was kinda meh in this one but it also wasn't terrible, and certainly did its job well enough. Thanks for the rec, Anne! That was a fun one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    Absolutely awesome. Great writing that created deep, believable characters, solid dialog, and a conceivable island storyline that wasn't as weird as the show (think Lost). Ollie's dialog was a bit dorkier than the show but it didn't really bother me. There were good quality comic art panels and stunning splash pages that seemed to combine photography and illustration. I was glad I checked this out. Absolutely awesome. Great writing that created deep, believable characters, solid dialog, and a conceivable island storyline that wasn't as weird as the show (think Lost). Ollie's dialog was a bit dorkier than the show but it didn't really bother me. There were good quality comic art panels and stunning splash pages that seemed to combine photography and illustration. I was glad I checked this out.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I really have nothing to compare this to. I've never read a Green Arrow solo book, and I've barely seen him show up in somebody else's book. So I'm coming in about as fresh as possible. Maybe that's a good thing, because I ended up really enjoying this. I don't know if it's a fresh take on his origin or a skilled rehash, and I don't really care. I had fun reading it. I really have nothing to compare this to. I've never read a Green Arrow solo book, and I've barely seen him show up in somebody else's book. So I'm coming in about as fresh as possible. Maybe that's a good thing, because I ended up really enjoying this. I don't know if it's a fresh take on his origin or a skilled rehash, and I don't really care. I had fun reading it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    So this is the first graphic novel I've read, or what some try to tell me is just a big comic book. I walked out of the library this week and ran into some friends who noticed "Man of Steel" and "Iron Man" DVDs under my arm along with this thing and a couple of actual novels. "I'm on a bit of a superhero kick right now," I said with my head hung low. "Ohhhh... our son reads those, too," says the wife pointing to my graphic novel slash comic book. He's five. But, to make a long story longer, I st So this is the first graphic novel I've read, or what some try to tell me is just a big comic book. I walked out of the library this week and ran into some friends who noticed "Man of Steel" and "Iron Man" DVDs under my arm along with this thing and a couple of actual novels. "I'm on a bit of a superhero kick right now," I said with my head hung low. "Ohhhh... our son reads those, too," says the wife pointing to my graphic novel slash comic book. He's five. But, to make a long story longer, I started watching "Arrow" on Netflix. I don't know why. People like it. It's pretty cool if you can look past some of the cheesy dialogue and CW everyone-is-beautiful stuff. I wanted to learn more about Green Arrow so I grabbed this. I also put some Captain America and Iron Man stuff on hold, too. Anyway, this was really a lot of fun. It was great to read a story told in a different medium and it never felt like a kid story. I mean the whole thing is about a partying billionaire with drugs and gun (and arrow) violence all over the place. Kids shouldn't be reading this. Especially not five year olds. It's action-packed and really pulled me into the story. Sure, it's over the top and crazy at times, but that's the point. I'm officially a fan of this stuff now. I'll apologize in advance if my updates and reviews start to get a little more superhero- ish in the future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    First review: Still stands up to my insane devotion to Diggle and Jock on repeated readings. This is a helluva modernization - feels like all the antiquated foolishness of Green Arrow's olden days is washed away, leaving only the core of a real live flawed man who needs so badly to find purpose in his life. I know exactly how he feels, so maybe this resonates so much with me because I see myself so easily in this Oliver Queen. Fantastic, rapid-paced action, none of the usual braying by heroes or First review: Still stands up to my insane devotion to Diggle and Jock on repeated readings. This is a helluva modernization - feels like all the antiquated foolishness of Green Arrow's olden days is washed away, leaving only the core of a real live flawed man who needs so badly to find purpose in his life. I know exactly how he feels, so maybe this resonates so much with me because I see myself so easily in this Oliver Queen. Fantastic, rapid-paced action, none of the usual braying by heroes or villains, and not a note of klangy "comic-booky" crap among these pages. I would read this stuff for years if they kept creating it. Additional review: Arrow the TV show hasn't nearly done Diggle's premise justice. They completely hacked off the few measures of self-awareness and self-doubt in Oliver Queen that Diggle brought to this incredible alternate origin story, and they surgically shrunk his latent abilities, turning his origin story from redemption to complete Deus Ex Montage. In the TV show he's a blank slate, a worthless human scrap, and all his trainers are there to gift him with skills and perspective he never had himself. A character not able to elicit sympathy and identification from the audience, but rather he's an empty shell - an LMD with a face but no lights on in that pretty little head - that isn't meant to be relatable but instead above us all. In the worst tradition of DC "Gods looking down", Oliver Queen in the TV show is either looked down on by gods (amazing mercenary, gorgeous zen warrior) or becomes the emotionless brooding ruler over Star City. Diggle and Jock craft a more nuanced man with arch, sharp writing and exaggerated sketches and camera angles. A little indulgence for Ollie to be self-pitying and Iron John about his plight, but nonetheless 100x better than any of the whiny whelp bullshit that Geoff Johns whips out of Green Arrow in his New 52 jaunts. Jock's art is so gorgeous - not because of some photorealistic devotion to copying the real world (see Deodato and Land), but instead because he captures in one sparse panel the feeling of pain of getting an arrow through the shoulder, of leaping for your life, of terror or dread or calm. Jock took the same style to his earlier Losers collaboration with Diggle, and for a time I thought Diggle/Jock might rival Brubaker/Philips or Bendis/Mack in their long and indelible impression on the industry. There haven't been nearly as many co-creator projects between them alas, but I will hold out hope that their bro-love will spark again and again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    Green Arrow Year One clearly draws inspiration from the Frank Miller Batman Year One story arc. This is an origin story for Oliver Queen, who will one day be the Green Arrow. Diggle's version of the story is pretty good. It shows Oliver go from being a super spoiled version of Bruce Wayne to developing into the man who would become the Green Arrow. The story of Queen dealing with internal betrayal and then his time on the island surviving his alleged demise was fairly well done, though nothing tr Green Arrow Year One clearly draws inspiration from the Frank Miller Batman Year One story arc. This is an origin story for Oliver Queen, who will one day be the Green Arrow. Diggle's version of the story is pretty good. It shows Oliver go from being a super spoiled version of Bruce Wayne to developing into the man who would become the Green Arrow. The story of Queen dealing with internal betrayal and then his time on the island surviving his alleged demise was fairly well done, though nothing truly original. The pregnant lady fighting along side him was rather stupid, but at least it explains the name of the hero. Still, the entire Oliver goes "rambo" with a bow on an island infested with drug dealers story wasn't poorly done. This could have been a 4 star book, but the artwork isn't to my liking. A story like this, with the settings, could have really shined under a better artist. Still, Diggle's origin story is pretty decent and entertaining. Did it make me a Green Arrow fan? Nope. But, at least I know his origin story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Green Arrow as a convert hero, the way he was meant to be, not the wussy social warrior he is all to often portrayed as nowadays.

  16. 5 out of 5

    nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)

    So I don't know much about this character except maybe now and then from the Justice League cartoons and now the show Arrow. So I thought, well, might as well read a comic with this character. And this was pretty good, interesting but good. It does make me want to continue watching Arrow. The flashbacks to him on the island were honestly, the most interesting moments and when he meets the later characters, at least in the first season. So it was interesting reading about Oliver on the island in a So I don't know much about this character except maybe now and then from the Justice League cartoons and now the show Arrow. So I thought, well, might as well read a comic with this character. And this was pretty good, interesting but good. It does make me want to continue watching Arrow. The flashbacks to him on the island were honestly, the most interesting moments and when he meets the later characters, at least in the first season. So it was interesting reading about Oliver on the island in a different story at least. Anyway, this comic, pretty good read. Like the art as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    3.5 stars. My first experience with solo Green Arrow. I was hoping for a bit more but still a good story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Today I developed a sudden interest in reading a Green Arrow origin story, and my searches came up with this. Having read it, I doubt I'll ever want to read another, as anything else would pale before it. In it we get the story of Oliver Queen, drunken socialite who goes on a cruise in the Pacific in his yacht only to be betrayed by the one person he trusted. Left for dead, he washes up on an isolated Pacific island where he develops into the Green Arrow of fame. If the story seems familiar, it's Today I developed a sudden interest in reading a Green Arrow origin story, and my searches came up with this. Having read it, I doubt I'll ever want to read another, as anything else would pale before it. In it we get the story of Oliver Queen, drunken socialite who goes on a cruise in the Pacific in his yacht only to be betrayed by the one person he trusted. Left for dead, he washes up on an isolated Pacific island where he develops into the Green Arrow of fame. If the story seems familiar, it's because it served as the template for the CW show, the creators of which openly acknowledge Andy Diggle's influence. As entertaining as the show may be, though, it's really in the pages of Diggle's comic that the story is best told, thanks to the pared-down narrative and the excellent artwork. For anyone interested in reading a Green Arrow story, this is an excellent place to start.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    A spoiled billionaire gets stranded on an island, where he learns a valuable lesson that changes his life forever. The book is filled with action packed scenes and emotional moments that perfectly show the transformation of Oliver Queen from a spoiled brat to a masked vigilante. Brilliantly written and decently drawn, Green Arrow: Year One may just be the definitive origin story of the Emerald Archer.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    I think my expectations were too high on this. I saw the names Diggle and Jock (whose art I really like) and got really excited. I knew the basics of GA's origin but never any of the specifics of just what happened on the island figured this would be an excellent (albeit modern version of the events. The story is really well done, a couple cool moments and lines, but in the end it didn't feel like a really unique and original take. Nowadays it's a bit of a cliche origin which may be why I'm less I think my expectations were too high on this. I saw the names Diggle and Jock (whose art I really like) and got really excited. I knew the basics of GA's origin but never any of the specifics of just what happened on the island figured this would be an excellent (albeit modern version of the events. The story is really well done, a couple cool moments and lines, but in the end it didn't feel like a really unique and original take. Nowadays it's a bit of a cliche origin which may be why I'm less than enthused: Hero is a jerk/loser, gets into a bad situation, learns the wrongs of his ways and dedicates his life to helping others. Jock's art is good. I know him more from his pin ups and art pieces. The only other time I can think of reading his sequential art is Batman Black Mirror. Overall, it's fine. I see a little bit of Jae Lee in it and I enjoyed the covers for the series more than the interiors. If I could I would give 3.5 stars. It really is worth reading, but it just didn't elevate itself enough for me to rise above all of the average books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    4.5 This is my first Green Arrow book since Rebirth first kicked off. I had picked up Huntress Year One and noticed this Green Arrow Year One. This has a strong style and a storyline that keeps this moving at a fast pace. The author and artist have a strong first issue and it lays the groundwork for our hero. I was a little worried I might find this underwhelming, but luckily that wasn't the case. I'm eager to get the Mike Grell Omnibus when it comes out. Why the 4.5? The book is a little anticlim 4.5 This is my first Green Arrow book since Rebirth first kicked off. I had picked up Huntress Year One and noticed this Green Arrow Year One. This has a strong style and a storyline that keeps this moving at a fast pace. The author and artist have a strong first issue and it lays the groundwork for our hero. I was a little worried I might find this underwhelming, but luckily that wasn't the case. I'm eager to get the Mike Grell Omnibus when it comes out. Why the 4.5? The book is a little anticlimactic and doesn't have that strong fist pumping finale. The storyline tends to box in the author and if it wasn't for the frenetic pacing, this might've been a missed opportunity. The book is a great introduction to the characters origin storyline and once that is covered there's a large library of Green Arrow books to read. Andy Diggle has created a strong book and it's slightly odd he hasn't attempted resurrect some other year one titles.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nı§hca

    3.5 Stars! I guess After getting disappointed by Green Arrow : Longbow Hunter, my expectations for this one were bit too high so I found it kinda decent read. This was a good origin story of Oliver Queen. But I felt like it was not something new or interesting. It's just rich man, having betrayal by friend, ending up on island then finding purpose. Artwork was also some what mediocre and could be better for its time and theme. Still it was a fine book and I'm glad to have better understanding 3.5 Stars! I guess After getting disappointed by Green Arrow : Longbow Hunter, my expectations for this one were bit too high so I found it kinda decent read. This was a good origin story of Oliver Queen. But I felt like it was not something new or interesting. It's just rich man, having betrayal by friend, ending up on island then finding purpose. Artwork was also some what mediocre and could be better for its time and theme. Still it was a fine book and I'm glad to have better understanding of Green Arrow's character.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Kay

    More like 3.5 stars. Was interesting to read, especially knowing this is where the main source material for the show (of which I've watched all three seasons) was taken from. I liked the light re-working of Oliver's origins, while still staying true to his character. I am glad that I read this and wish the show had stuck closer to Green Arrow territory and not ventured so far into Bat-land. I'd recommend it if you're a fan of the show, or interested in something similar. Otherwise, not truly nec More like 3.5 stars. Was interesting to read, especially knowing this is where the main source material for the show (of which I've watched all three seasons) was taken from. I liked the light re-working of Oliver's origins, while still staying true to his character. I am glad that I read this and wish the show had stuck closer to Green Arrow territory and not ventured so far into Bat-land. I'd recommend it if you're a fan of the show, or interested in something similar. Otherwise, not truly necessary. Oh, and P.S. I really appreciated the Errol Flynn reference. And for all you people who "know" the story of Robin Hood, watch that movie and be amazed at how well it holds up -- even with the dorky hat. Flynn had charisma in spades, for sure. Not to mention it's just a superior action movie.

  24. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Edmunds

    Although I'm not a fan of the art but definitely great writing by Andy Diggle. I wonder if the Diggle character in the series Arrow is purposely named to pay homage to this writer, but nonetheless a little different from the origin story we've seen played out over the CW. Oliver Queen still is the same spoiled rich kid who finds himself betrayed and left for dead after being thrown overboard his own ship. He washes up on an island and it is here where his mettle is tested and is faced with the ha Although I'm not a fan of the art but definitely great writing by Andy Diggle. I wonder if the Diggle character in the series Arrow is purposely named to pay homage to this writer, but nonetheless a little different from the origin story we've seen played out over the CW. Oliver Queen still is the same spoiled rich kid who finds himself betrayed and left for dead after being thrown overboard his own ship. He washes up on an island and it is here where his mettle is tested and is faced with the hard truth about life, survival and friendship. If you have not watched the tv series, I suggest you do ASAP after reading this or let the series supplement what you would discover about Ollie upon reading this reworked origin story. He may be not my favorite DC character, but ya gotta admit, it does have heart. And that matters much when you wanna be pulled into reading something of value and substance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    I really enjoyed this take on a rich and privileged boy having to fend for himself in the wild, and ultimately become the man he always wanted to be. Oliver gets fooled by someone he trusts and he lands on an island in the middle of nowhere. But the island hold some secrets... This was a great intro to Green Arrow and it definitely makes me want to read more about Oliver Queen! And I can't wait to see some more ass kicking! Illustrations: 4 stars Story: 4 stars Overall: 4 stars I really enjoyed this take on a rich and privileged boy having to fend for himself in the wild, and ultimately become the man he always wanted to be. Oliver gets fooled by someone he trusts and he lands on an island in the middle of nowhere. But the island hold some secrets... This was a great intro to Green Arrow and it definitely makes me want to read more about Oliver Queen! And I can't wait to see some more ass kicking! Illustrations: 4 stars Story: 4 stars Overall: 4 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stabbing

    I was reminded of this book today and ended up rereading it. This is the book that the Arrow TV series is based off of.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Green Arrow: Year One collects issues 1-6 of the DC Comics series written by Andy Diggle and art by Jock. A revamped origin of Green Arrow: spoiled socialite and heir to the Queen family fortune, Oliver Queen, becomes a loose end in a heist aboard his yacht. Oliver Queen is left for dead when thrown overboard but washes to shore on a deserted island. Queen must fight for his life against the elements and find a way to survive. Along the way, Queen becomes an expert marksman with a bow and arrow Green Arrow: Year One collects issues 1-6 of the DC Comics series written by Andy Diggle and art by Jock. A revamped origin of Green Arrow: spoiled socialite and heir to the Queen family fortune, Oliver Queen, becomes a loose end in a heist aboard his yacht. Oliver Queen is left for dead when thrown overboard but washes to shore on a deserted island. Queen must fight for his life against the elements and find a way to survive. Along the way, Queen becomes an expert marksman with a bow and arrow and discover he isn't actually alone on the island. A fairly straightforward modernization of Queen's origin. The first half the book is pretty bland and is just going through the motions. I felt like the book did a really poor job of showing how much time Ollie spent on the island. It felt like a matter of days instead of months. It was also a bit ridiculous that Ollie did spend all this time on the island without realizing the number of people and a freaking derelect Navy base was on the island. It really made him seem like a dumb character. The back end of the book picks up the action but it's still a pretty mediocre story. Jocks is one my favorite artists but I thought his art was for the most part just kind of average here. All-in-all, this is a very average book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zack! Empire

    This is one of the best year one stories I’ve ever read. There is a common trend in superhero comics to continually update a hero’s origin to fit with the times, and the work a popular writer or artist has done with the character. This doesn’t fill like one of those stories at all. In fact this story is so simple you can boil it down very fast and it loses none of its punch: Rich playboy discovers himself and his life mission while surviving on a deserted island. It is that simple. The thing I This is one of the best year one stories I’ve ever read. There is a common trend in superhero comics to continually update a hero’s origin to fit with the times, and the work a popular writer or artist has done with the character. This doesn’t fill like one of those stories at all. In fact this story is so simple you can boil it down very fast and it loses none of its punch: Rich playboy discovers himself and his life mission while surviving on a deserted island. It is that simple. The thing I liked best about this work was how they make sense out of a man dressing up like Robin Hood and fighting crime. Oliver is a rich spoiled brat. No two ways about that fact. He has everything he wants, and can get anything he needs. Somehow he is never satisfied. He is never able to fill up this hole inside. The closet he ever came was while he was a kid he was lucky enough to score archery lessons from his hero. However, just like everything else in life he pisses away that opportunity. While lost on an island surviving by himself ,he rediscovers that love, and finds a way to be filled with a sense of satisfaction. He is working himself to the bone hunting for food, carrying his water, practicing with his bow and arrow. He loves every minute of this existence. The other great part of the book is it shows you how dangerous a man armed only with a bow and arrows can be against an army of men with guns. Oliver has two things going for him. 1) he can put the arrow anywhere he wants to. And 2) he is very creative with the targets he chooses. When Oliver is attacked by two men in a plane he takes them out in a way that doesn’t just work for a comic, but could actually work in real life. Another time Oliver is faced down by an army of soldiers and takes them all out by using one well-placed shot. It’s just good fun, and good writing. I’m not sure if this team has done any other Green Arrow work, but I think I’ll be picking it up if they have.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Adam Bain

    I'm a big Green Arrow fan. Ever since I saw him on the Justice League Unlimited cartoon when I was younger. He was the cheeky, less brooding version of Batman. He had a ton of money an no real powers, apart from his ridiculous archery skills. I am also a huge fan off the TV series, which seems to have taken some inspiration from this book. This is the origin story of Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow. He was a spoilt rich kid searching for the next adrenaline filled adventure, trying to fill an unknow I'm a big Green Arrow fan. Ever since I saw him on the Justice League Unlimited cartoon when I was younger. He was the cheeky, less brooding version of Batman. He had a ton of money an no real powers, apart from his ridiculous archery skills. I am also a huge fan off the TV series, which seems to have taken some inspiration from this book. This is the origin story of Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow. He was a spoilt rich kid searching for the next adrenaline filled adventure, trying to fill an unknown void in his life with danger. Then some shit goes down and he is tossed over board in the Pacific Ocean. Washing up on the shore of an island he only has two options, survive or die. And well as you can guess he chose the first one. After a few months of hunting and growing a sweet beard, he realises that he is not alone on the island. It's actually populated by drug lord "China White", who has enslaved the native people into harvesting heroine. After Oliver finds a new found heroism inside himself, he makes it his mission to fight back. It's a great origin with excellent writing and beautiful art. The growth that Oliver makes during the book was well done and he quickly becomes everyone's favourite underdog. The only negative thing I could say about this book was the pace. I feel like it could have been much longer, to really flesh out the change Olly made from spoilt rich kid to vigilante. Like I said it was good development, but it could have been drawn out a bit more. A year is a long time to fit into 150ish pages. But hey, if the only problem is the lack of content, then it must have nailed it for the most part. I'm still confused about how little quality Green Arrow books their are. I mean he's a great character who's fun to read, why wouldn't there be a ton of great stories out there? I guess I'll have to continue my search. This is a great origin story. If your a fan of the Arrow series, then chances are you will enjoy this one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dave Brown

    Since I've gotten back into comics over the past few years, Green Arrow has become my favorite character/superhero. His outlook on the world, how things should be, and his defense of the poor and working class made him a very unique character in the world of capes and tights. His philosophy was also something that I really identified with. That was of course until the character was ruined in the New 52. Green Arrow: Year One is the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths/Infinite Crisis origin of Green A Since I've gotten back into comics over the past few years, Green Arrow has become my favorite character/superhero. His outlook on the world, how things should be, and his defense of the poor and working class made him a very unique character in the world of capes and tights. His philosophy was also something that I really identified with. That was of course until the character was ruined in the New 52. Green Arrow: Year One is the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths/Infinite Crisis origin of Green Arrow and beautifully shows Oliver Queen's growth from a drunken playboy to a crusader for justice and the oppressed. This is how Green Arrow should be. This series along with Kevin Smith's and Brad Metzler's runs from 200-2004 and the classic Neal Adams and Dennis O'Neil Green Lantern/Green Arrow series are quintessential Green Arrow. This is the character that I love and hope to one day see again.

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