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Book Title: Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters|
The author of the book: Mike Grell
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 546 KB
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: September 18th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781401238629
Read full description of the books Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters:A reading with edge!
This story was originally published as a 3-part miniseries in 1987. This TPB edition collects the whole of it.
Writer & Illustrator: Mike Grell
ADAPTING V. EVOLVING
You’re wasting your time, officer. She was their friend... but they don’t know nuthin’! She got some bad crack... but they didn’t see nuthin’! She just had some bad luck... but it don’t mean nuthin’! It couldn’t happen to THEM.
Mike Grell brings the quintessential story of Green Arrow in this excellent tale showing why the character of Oliver Queen (aka Green Arrow) is one of the most important ones in the DC Comics universe.
In a quick glance, you may think: “Why Green Arrow if Batman is already there?” “Green Arrow is just a Batman-wannabe with arrows.” BUT Green Arrow is essential to DC Comics, thanks that he is a character that truly evolved from its origins. You may argue that most of the DC Comics characters have evolved, but one thing is evolving and another is adapting.
Characters like Batman certainly have adapted to the expectations and idiosyncrasy of each era and due that they have been able to survive to the changing demandings of new generations of readers, but at the bottom line, they have kept its most intimate traits: Batman still is a crimefighter using an utility belt full of gadgets, as Bruce Wayne still is a clean-shaven millionaire, while having some romantic affairs he is still a bachelor without any steady love relationship, not matter that his ward, Dick Grayson is an adult now remains as a recurring character in the titles, etc...
Oliver Queen may began as a Batman-knockoff: Crimefighter using trick-arrows, clean-shaven millionaire, without any stable girlfriend, kid sidekick, Arrow-car, Arrow-cave, etc… BUT he lost his company with all the money along, he grew a beard, no more Arrow-car, no Arrow-cave, not even any kind of secret headquarters (unless you want to count the second floor of a florist), he engaged into a steady love relationship with Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary), his ward Roy Harper left home for good and very rarely appears in the same comic book titles, etc...
Even with the approach of Mike Grell (in this very mini-series), the good ol’ trick-arrows are gone. No boxin-glove arrow anymore! Now, the Emerald Archer only has back-to-basics sharply-edged arrows and he doesn’t hesitate to shoot them without mercy to pierce hands and thighs of petty thieves.
And therefore, you can realize that all this isn’t just a period-adaptation but a real evolution of the character showing real change on his very core.
However, the real necessity of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in an universe where you already have Batman is that Oliver due his financial downfall forced him to struggle with such harsh situations in real life (well as real as it can be a comic book!) that none other major DC Superhero has ever to deal in their own private lives.
Oliver became the voice of the people, the hero who thinks about the little man, he is the member of the Justice League that keeps “the gods” in their feet not matter if they “live” in a space orbiting watchtower way above from humanity.
Oliver can’t avoid to think always about the working breed because now he is one of them. Oliver isn’t millionaire anymore, heck! he doesn’t have the good salary of a reporter from a great metropolitan newspaper, but all that only helped him to remember (and never to forget) for whom he is really fighting.
CHAOS THEORY V. FORCE OF DESTINY
There are all kinds of hunters. Some hunt for sport. Some hunt to survive. And some just like to watch things to die. Some hunt the hunters.
Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance move to Seattle and began a humble business of florist there.
Just in time, since Seattle is in dire need of a hero like Green Arrow.
A serial killer named by the press as “The Seattle Slasher” has killed already eighteen young women and the local police isn’t near to solve the case.
Also, another assassin labeled as “The Robin Hood Killer” (due using black arrows as choice of weapon) has killed four old men around the country, each on different cities, but now it seems that will remain in Seattle.
Oliver has his hands full with two loose murderers in his new hometown.
Moreover, an unexpected incident gives to Dinah a clue to discover about a drug ring organization, and she wishes to follow the case on her own and undercover.
Three different hard-boiled cases that will prove thanks to the Chaos Theory that it’s difficult to predict their outcomes, but due the Force of Destiny, they will cross bloody paths with Green Arrow right in the middle of all of them.
I belong to the backstreets and alleyways now. I’m a hunter, and that’s where my quarry lives. You go where the game takes you.
I noticed an odd illogical element in the development of the the story that I won’t get into details to avoid spoilers, I only can say that I just can’t believe that certain foreign criminal organizations would mount an operation without the proper support, along with wasting more than a decade without translating into reality the desired operation, for not saying to take so many time to make their own justice about it. (Trust me, this isn’t a spoiler, I just need it to take it out of my chest in some way and you won’t understand this comment unless you read the whole story).
Besides that tiny taint in the middle of a huge comic book masterpiece, definitely the writing job and artwork (made by the same man) were extraordinary and defining Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters as a must-read for any Green Arrow’s fan but also a relevant reading material to any interested in a mature story developed in a graphic format.
Mike Grell shows us in this great tale what distinguishes Green Arrow from other super-heroes. Some are vigilantes, some are boy-scouts, some are soldiers, some are warriors...
HE IS A HUNTER. He tracks down his prey. He bides his time for the right shooting. He doesn’t enjoy to kill, BUT he has done it, AND he will do it again if he considers that it’s the only way to put down his prey. Learn to fear him. HE IS GREEN ARROW.
Read information about the authorMike Grell (born 1947) is a comic book writer and artist.
Grell studied at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, and took the Famous Artists School correspondence course in cartooning. His entry into the comics industry was in 1972, as an assistant to Dale Messick on the Brenda Starr comic strip.
In 1973 Grell moved to New York, and began his long relationship with DC Comics. His first assignment at DC was on Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, a high-profile assignment for an artist with no prior experience illustrating a monthly comic book. Grell says he got that job because he was walking in the editor's door to ask for work, literally, as the previous artist was walking out the door, having just quit. These stories were written by Cary Bates and Jim Shooter. The Bates/Grell/Shooter run on the title is very well-regarded today by Superboy/Legion fans, who consider it one of the high-water marks in the character/team's history. Grell's work on SATLOSH is widely thought to be some of the best beefcake/cheesecake ever committed to comic book pages, and is affectionately referred to as the 'disco Legion' in retrospect by fans of the title.
A writer as well as artist, Grell cemented his status as a fan-favorite with his best-known creation, The Warlord, one of the first sword and sorcery comics, and reportedly the best-selling title published by DC Comics in the late-1970s.
The character first appeared in 1st Issue Special #8 (Nov 1975) and was soon given his own ongoing title (The Warlord #1, Jan/Feb 1976). In this book, Air Force pilot Travis Morgan crash-lands in the prehistoric "hidden world" of Skartaris (a setting highly influenced by Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar). For years thereafter, Morgan engages in adventures dressed only in a winged helmet, wristbands, boots, and breechclout, and armed with a sword and (years before Dirty Harry handled one) a .44 Auto Mag.
At DC, Grell also worked on titles such as Aquaman, Batman, and the Phantom Stranger, and with writer Dennis O'Neil on the re-launch of the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series in 1976.
Grell wrote and drew the Tarzan comic strip from July 19, 1981 to February 27, 1983 (except for one strip, February 13, 1983, by Thomas Yeates). These strips were rerun in newspapers in 2004 - 2005.
 First Comics: Jon Sable Freelance and Starslayer
Cover to Jon Sable Freelance #7. Art by Mike Grell.Through the 1980s Grell developed creator-owned titles such Jon Sable Freelance and Starslayer. Jon Sable Freelance was published by the now-defunct First Comics. Starslayer, a space-born science fiction series, started at Pacific Comics, but shifted to First.
The titular character of Jon Sable Freelance was a former Olympic athlete, later a African big-game hunter, who became a mercenary. First appearing with a cover date of June 1983, Jon Sable Freelance was a successful non-super-hero comic book in an era when successful non-super-hero comic books were almost unheard of, and a graphically violent comic sold in mainstream comic book stores in an era when such was as rare. Jon Sable was a precursor to what would eventually be called, by some, "the Dark Age of Comics," when even long-established super-heroes would become increasingly grim and violent.
The character was heavily influenced by Ian Fleming's James Bond novels as well as drawing on pulp fiction crime stories. Also, many of the stories of Sable's hunting exploits in Africa were influenced by Peter Hathaway Capstick's novels. At a convention in the late 1980s, Grell stated that his idea for Sable was "something like a cross between James Bond and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer."
Sable was adapted into a short-lived television series and the character's origin tale, "A Storm Over Eden," from the comic book, was expanded and novelized by Grell under the title Sable, which was publ
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