Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Quiver Review

Let me start by saying that the only guise I have come close to liking Green Arrow in, was Justin Hartley's portrayal of him in Smallville, and that was mianly due to Justin Hartley looking the way he does and the fact that he was written (as many people pointed out) as Batman-lite.

One of the main reasons I enjoyed Quiver was that Kevin Smith took all the characteristics of Green Arrow that make him so dated- his politics, his speech, his whole look, and put them in a context where they work. The story picks up ten years after Green Arrow died whilst stopping his best friend destroy the world. A stupid old man decideds to walk through an alley at night and is attacked by thugs, who are in turn scared off by the visage below:

 Truth be told, I don't know who the OAP was more terrified of. After a bath and a shave, Olly (for that is who this appears to be) gets back to his crime-fighting duties, much to the shock of his friends and family- none of whom had read a superhero comic before, and had simply presumed him dead the past decade. It isn't long before the JLA teleport him up to the Watchtower and proceed to alternate between gazing at him in wonder and over-enthusiaistically embracing him.

When they gingerly query Olly about his death and subsequent  re-appearance, he is stumped and denies ever having bit the bullet. At which point, the world's premier superheroes all kind of go 'oh' and look at each other, with no-one seeming to have an idea how to determine wether this is indeed Oliver Queen, and if so, what happened to him. Fortunately, Bats, never one to be overcome by either sentiment or shock, is on hand to knock him unconscious and drag him to the Batcave to subject him to various tests and an interrogation.

If wordy is good enough for Bats, it's good enough for me.

Without giving away anymore of the plot, I must say I enoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Mainly because it had Batman stealing the show once again, and also featured other members of the league- including an atrociously drawn Superman. Another positive facet of this book was that the plot was actually one that could be followed; it's both complex and clear and the motives and reasons behind Green Arrow's second coming are in keeping with his and Hal Jordan's characters and their relationship. And I'm going to come out and say it- it deals with themes of loss, regret and redemption in a comendably even handed, intelligent manner.

I still don't love Green Arrow, for me the only reason he worked here was because he'd been transported into the future, so to speak, but this was worth the read. To conclude: obligatory Bats being a very cool dick panel-

I thank you.

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