By Andy Diggle & Jock (DC Comics)
Green Arrow is one of DC’s Golden All-Stars. He’s been a fixture of the company’s landscape – in many instances for no discernable reason – more or less continually since his debut in More Fun Comics # 73 in 1941. During those heady days origins weren’t as important as image and storytelling so creators Mort Weisinger and George Papp never bothered, leaving later workmen France Herron, Jack Kirby and his wife Roz to fill in the blanks with ‘The Green Arrow’s First Case’ at the start of the Silver Age superhero revival (Adventure Comics #256, January 1959).
This latest tweaking of his origin comes courtesy of Andy Diggle and Jock (better unknown to all as Mark Simpson) and massages the well-worn tale of a wealthy wastrel who finds purpose after being marooned on a desert island into a comfortably modern yet unsettlingly dark and violent contemporary milieu.
Adrenaline junkie/trust-fund millionaire Oliver Queen makes a fool of himself at a society bash and is compelled to join his bodyguard Hackett on a boating trip only to discover that the man he trusts his life with has stolen all his money and intends to kill him now to get away with it.
When the murder-attempt goes awry Ollie washes up on a tropical island where the early days of privation and thirst only worsen when he discovers the place is a huge drug factory complete with slave workers and a sadistic crime queen named China White.
He built a bow to catch fish: now that he has a new reason to live can he use it to stay alive?
This modern retelling is sharp and edgy as you’d expect from these extremely talented creators and in this modern spin actually benefits the character under revision. An excellent addition to the legend of one of DC’s most enduring, endearing characters.
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