But the first 14 issues of the 2001 Green Arrow series were great.
Now, I don’t follow DC very closely, and I don’t know much about Green Arrow’s past, but apparently he died. And this is the series that brought him back.
The book starts with a conversation between the most powerful hero in the world and the smartest one. It’s a smart beginning, particularly with Batman saying, “Welcome to the world of mere mortals,” because Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow series emphasizes the character’s humanity.
Specifically, much of it is about Green Arrow accepting the fact that he died, and everyone thought he was dead, and life went on without him while he was gone.
Smith’s Green Arrow is funny. The dialog is smart. The cameos, like Aquaman and The Demon (who gets a fire-extinguisher arrow up his nose) are well-chosen and handled perfectly. The book doesn’t shy away from some of Arrow’s sillier aspects:
And, finally, the reunion with Black Canary is…
I was shocked to enjoy this collection…But I did.
It’s out of print, but it’s collected as “Quiver” volumes 1, 2, and 3 and you can buy it on Amazon dirt cheap–like two bucks per volume.