But I'm not.
The DCU has a wealth of "Western lore", much of which has been lying around unused for quite some time. This is something I've been thinking about since a few years ago, when I had a hand in the National Museum of the American Indian mounting an exhibit on the depiction of Amerinds in comic books.
|In, fact, that's me at the exhibit opening with the Governor of Taos Pueblo.|
"No, Governor, I don't know what the hum is, either."
Easy ones right off the top include: Quoag (from Speedy's origin story, as a native Alfred); Manitou Raven/Dawn, Owlwoman, Night Eagle, Saganowahna ("Super-Chief"), Black Condor, Man-of-Bats and Little Raven (more ridiculous things have been made to work). You could even stretch to include a new Aztek, but--well, I think we've all agreed it would be better just to forget about Aztek.
|Black Condor (*swoon*!)|
Then there are the opportunities to link up modernized versions of the DCU's Western "cowboy" characters. El Diablo (who's going to be in the Suicide Squad movie, anyway); Nighthawk and Cinnamon; Vigilante. Villains like the Trigger Twins and Terra-Man (yeah; you heard me, Terra-Man).
|Why can't I quit you, Terra-Man?|
You don't need me to write out precis for revised versions of these characters or the kinds of relationships to and stories with Green Arrow they might have. We can all picture that and a talented writer would have no trouble working them out.
But Green Arrow needs to be more than just a centerpiece for DC's abandoned Western/Amerind characters in order to stand on his own as an interesting and unique character.
Denny O'Neil realized that in 1969 when he made GA the liberal/anti-establishment voice of the 'hippy generation'. And it was, in its way, consistent with "Green Arrow as Robin Hood". Just as Robin Hood stood up for The Poor against The Rich, so would Green Arrow. Thus began 40 years of Ollie talking about 'fascists' and 'fatcats'. And sounding more ridiculously out of date every time.
|Forget Speedy; Ollie's real sidekick was the Ghost of Hitler.|
It's not that economic disparity is no longer an issue; far from it. But that's just one facet of society's ills, and even Ollie's take on THAT was always painfully simplistic. It's easier to read Dazzler fanfic than to read the GL/GA 'hard-traveling heroes' stories. Stories which most of you simply 'know' about, I bet, and haven't actually READ.
|It IS, however, rich with (almost) enough Hal Jordan head-injury-porn to make it worth the while.|
That's a full page of Hal getting the crap beaten out of him, in silence.
I really deserve to get this framed....
So, if we want to make GA distinct and culturally relevant in a more modern way, how do we do that if we aren't focused on "Green Arrow as Robin Hood" but rather "Green Arrow as Native American"...?
More on that soon.