Greetings Evil Geeks; it’s been a while, but it’s finally comics time!!! I’ve been pretty busy making sure the Evil Lair is running smoothly and haven’t had much time for comics lately, but I have just put down a great book that I think is definitely worth checking out. Normally my tastes in comics heavily favor the capes and tights set, with a healthy dose of The Walking Dead thrown in to balance things out, but this week’s review strays from that genre, if only slightly. While Green Arrow would normally fit into the former category, The Long Bow Hunters, featuring words and art by Mike Grell, takes Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance away from the Justice League on a “no frills’ straight up, action story that stretches across decades. No trick arrows, no super powered back up, and relatively small time stakes? Can the Emerald Archer still fight crime without all the accoutrements? Read on and find out!
We’re so close to the end, my friends. Today’s beard is a famous one, but one that’s somehow been forsaken in the past year or so. I, myself, think it’s an important part of the face to which it’s attached but the CW and the New 52 have made it quite clear that they disagree. Naturally, I’m referring to the Van Dyke which adorns the face of Oliver Queen.
The Green Arrow (as is woefully apparent on the CW series that bears part of his name) started out as a pretty shameless Batman ripoff. He had a teen sidekick, a stylized car, and a quiver full of gimmicky gadgets. So, it’s no wonder he was quickly relegated to the B List. To his credit, he was a member of the Justice League of America, but then again who wasn’t? And this was the face of that laughable loser.
It would not be until years later that the Green Arrow could actually be taken seriously. Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams gave the character his first taste of sweet, sweet credibility when they partnered him up with Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern/Green Arrow”. They gave the two a sort of buddy cop dynamic, Jordan was the by-the-books and almost naive space policeman while Oliver was the savvier, more liberal-thinking moral anchor. He would point out the ironically narrow view of a man who had seen distant planets, he’d give him a bit of shit for thinking he had things figured out. And occasionally, Hal would get him back by be extraordinarily insensitive in emotionally trying times.
We should all be so lucky as to have friends like that.
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*Hey, leave us a comment if you’ve been growing a beard this month. Even if we don’t include it in the last post, we still get off on that kind of stuff. Stay sexy, geeks.