Review - Green Arrow: Moving Targets

Posted earlier on Population GO.

Writer: Judd Winick
Pencillers:
Phil Hester, Tom Fowler, Eric Battle, Tommy Castillo
Inkers:
Ande Parks, Rodney Ramos, Jack Purcell

Moving Targets is a big trade, collecting #40-50 of the 2001 Green Arrow series. Within this trade, there are three segments, but they all flow together to read as one story. The overall story is that the entirety of Star City’s criminal underworld has been taken over by a ruthless gang leader named Brick, who steps up to take advantage of the chaos caused in the city in the previous volume. With the entire city paralysed by fear, will Green Arrow be able to stop Brick? And how will the family manage, when Mia’s life is turned upside down by some startling news?

After gaining some real momentum with the previous volume, does Winick continue to deliver with this volume?

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Review - Green Arrow: City Walls

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Writer: Judd Winick
Pencillers:
Phil Hester, Manuel Garcia
Inkers:
Ande Parks, Steve Bird

Judd Winick returns with Phil Hester and Ande Parks, continuing on from Straight Shooter. This volume opens with a self-contained issue with Roy visiting the Queen household, with Ollie desperate to get Connor out of the house. Roy takes Connor out on a boy’s night out, with trouble inevitably following them. The main storyline sees Star City hit by a wave of crimes from the Riddler – a gambit designed by millionaire as a distraction whilst he erects a magical barrier around the city, and unleashes a wave of demons that punish even the smallest crime with immediate death.

Is this another solid volume?

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Review - Green Arrow: Straight Shooter

Posted earlier/yesterday on Population GO.

Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Phil Hester
Inker: Ande Parks

Straight Shooter collects Judd Winick’s first storyline after taking over writing duties for the Emerald Archer. Now that Green Arrow has successfully been brought back to life, this volume puts Ollie right back into the thick of action, with him attacking corporate corruption as both Oliver Queen and Green Arrow. As ever though nothing goes smoothly, with the case soon affecting his personal life…

Does Winick effortlessly follow the great work of the previous volumes, or is this a disappointment? Read on to find out.

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Review - Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest

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Writer: Brad Meltzer
Penciller:
Phil Hester
Inker:
Ande Parks

Picking up from where Kevin Smith left off, Brad Meltzer’s stint on Green Arrow saw him further reconnect the Emerald Archer with his friends. With the content this collects this is technically volume three, but the number on the binding claims that this is actually volume four. But the DC website claims that this is volume three?

Anyway, this volume serves to see Oliver Queen set off across the country after he discovers that his arrangement with the Shade didn’t go along without a few hitches, and ends with a big reveal for Ollie’s relationship with his inner circle of friends of family. So does Meltzer do a good job for old readers and new, or is this an over nostalgic take on Green Arrow?

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Review - Green Arrow: Sounds Of Violence

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Writer: Kevin Smith
Penciller: Phil Hester
Inker: Ande Parks

Picking up from where Quiver left off, this volume collects the final five issues of Kevin Smith’s run. Before the introduction of the vigilante serial killer named Onomatopoeia in the story-arc that names this volume, we see Oliver’s relationships with Connor and Mia further developed, as well as a fantastic issue reuniting Oliver with the love of his life – Dinah Lance… oh and Hawkman. So how does this compare with Quiver?

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Review - Green Arrow Volume 1: Quiver

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Writer: Kevin Smith
Penciller: Phil Hester
Inker: Ande Parks

Quiver was the story that reintroduced Oliver Queen back into the DCU after his death. Written by Kevin Smith, it is held amongst many to be one of his best comic stories, and generally is highly recommended by fans as something one should read, whether they are a fan of Green Arrow or not. With resurrections in comics hardly being a rarity, what is it about Quiver that makes it so highly rated?

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