Why, Green Arrow, of course.
Like the CW, I'm always looking for ways one might make Green Arrow interesting.
|For the record, they are way ahead of me on that score.|
So I've reviewed Green Arrow's historical rogues gallery (such at is is) to explore who might be brought back (or turned into a custom heroclix figure to help fill out my Green Arrow box).
You know how sometimes when you yourself investigate a commonly held 'truth' like "Green Arrow was always just a second-rate Batman knockoff" to find it's mostly a myth and you're thrilled to share that discovery with the misguided world? Well...this is not one of those times. In fact, if anything, the overall impression I get is "jeez the Green Arrow Creative Team really kept their meetings as short as possible, didn't they?"
I was discussing it with CobraMisfit when he hit the target perfectly (like the good sniper he is): "It's like Bizarro Batman, isn't it?"
Yes. Yes, it is.
Just as Bizarro is an 'imperfect duplicate' of Superman, Green Arrow is an imperfect duplicate of Batman. Star City is an imperfect Gotham City, with no distinguishing features, style, or characters of its own. And GA has a Bizarro Gotham Rogues Gallery...
|Bull's Eye||World's Finest Comics #24 (September 1946)||Leapo the Clown was in a fashion Green Arrow's version of the Joker; he clashed with Green Arrow and Speedy in over half a dozen stories|
|Mr. Who||World's Finest Comics #31 (November 1947)||Criminal with owl motif.|
|Greenface||World's Finest Comics #39 (April 1949)||When a vat of dye exploded in his face, the man who became Greenface turned to a life of crime|
|the Octopus||World's Finest Comics #67 (November 1953)||Costumed gang leader obsessed with the number 8.|
|the Master||Adventure Comics#214 (July 1955)||Left clues to his crimes ala the Riddler.|
|the Cat||Adventure Comics#104 (May 1946)||Female costumed criminal, wore gender-disguising uniform and mask.|
Bizarro Prof. Milo
|Professor Wurm||More Fun Comics#82 (August 1942)||Criminal chemist, developed insanity-inducing pills|
Bizarro Clayface/False Face
|Waxface||World's Finest Comics #15 (Fall 1944)||Malleable-faced villain who commits crimes while impersonating reputable men.|
|the Pneumatic Man||World's Finest Comics #106 (December 1959)||Criminal who used a dirigible motif in his crimes.|
|the Switchman||World's Finest Comics #45 (April 1950)||Committed train-themed crimes.|
Bizarro Mr. Polka Dot
|the Polka Dot Bandit||Adventure Comics#183 (December 1952)||Clyde Larkin, usurping masked criminal identity used decades earlier by Gus Burns, who was briefly suspected of Larkin's crimes.|
There are few concepts sadder than "Bizarro Mr Polka Dot", folks. There are a few interesting villains lurking in the corners of GA history (such as the criminal mathematician Mr. Million), but on the whole, that's pretty clearly not the solution to my personal scheme in how to revitalize Green Arrow in the comics.
I'll have to come up with something else soon....