Review: Green Arrow #11

Published on April 29th, 2011

WOW! J.T. Krul has made me more then a fan of  Green Arrow in the past year. He has taken this zero made him into a hero. Close to a year after this book started, J.T.has taken us on an emotional roller coaster where we have seen a man (Oliver “Ollie” Queen) have doubts about himself and not sure what his purpose in life is anymore.

greenarrow11In  Green Arrow #11,it’s like seeing the birth of the super hero who does not have a superpower. Ollie even says at one point that he’s not an alien, referencing Superman, or Amazon like Wonder Woman.  This proves to all of us that we don’t need to have lightning speed, x-ray vision or cosmic rings.

What’s amazing about this issue, on the cover it says“Final Stand!Yet,his can easily be an issue one, as Ollie has never been sold so sure of himself and what his purpose in life is.

I know what you are thinking: but what about the epic battle in this book? It is just the background to move the story forward. And finally, we should mention the connection with DC’s big event,Brightest Day. Even on the opening page it tells us  the events here take place before the final issue of Brightest Day.

Sure,I know this sounds dorky,but Ollie’s future has never looked brighter.I am not sure what direction the book is going to take now, but I can tell you that this is a book that I am proud to read. Month after month, this outshines every other DC comics. For a book with the big corporate logo for there main event, this is a truly a book that I can give to non comic book readers.

Before I finish this review,I’d like to mention the art by Vicente Cifuentes. At first I was not a big fan of this art style and now I can’t imagine anyone else working on a Green Arrow.

Remember how I said I have become a fan of this character? In the past year I have purchased to Green Arrow T-shirt and last Christmas I was fortunate enough to get a Green Arrow bust. I also feel a bit responsible for a good portion of the ComicImpact staff reading this book. They will all tell you that it is a remarkable piece of work.

So,if your comic book shop is lucky enough to carry back issues of Krul’s run on Green Arrow, make sure to pick them up or wait for the upcoming hardcover that is due sometime in July.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com