Green Arrow sold 90,000 copies?!
What dark and sinister magicks are responsible for this horrible and surely unnatural occurrence? Does Green Arrow have some 5th dimensional imp-fan I don't know about who could be behind it?
|Xeen Arrow is pretty much my only suspect. I think he gets some kind of commission.|
Look, I know I'm not Green Arrow's biggest fan. In fact, I may be Green Arrow's biggest anti-fan (although there is certainly a lot of competition for that honor). But even I want Green Arrow to succeed.
90,000 copies is not within reason, however. That's a level of communal insanity generally not found outside horror/scifi movies. As in, copies of Green Arrow are how the pod-people replicate or something.
Why is this happening? It's certainly not the writing. I've read Green Arrow #1, and, well, it's still Benjamin Percy writing it and most of what that implies. The supernatural angle seems to have been tamped down pretty strongly by editorial. Ollie, for example, doesn't turn into a werewolf even once. But there is a band of improbably drawn underdwellers snatching up the homeless through improbably large sewer openings to sell them to the highest bidder. I hope they spend some of that money on tanning salons and gym memberships.
The tonal shift of the comic into SuperLiberal Social Justice Crusade is brutal and heavy-handed. With way too many words in boxes. Ollie's behavior is foolish and naive, Dinah's behavior is caustic and critical, the budding of their relationship seems inappropriate and overly fast, and there's an adorable moppet that brings them together likes it's a date night romcom.
And, whether Geoff John's thinks it's traditional or not: the goatee (still) looks stupid and makes it completely unbelievable that Ollie could possibly maintain a secret identity.
The writing is bad. The art is bad. The plot is hackneyed.
So why have 90,000 copies been sold?
Many years ago, I gave myself a reading project. I was raised to be a big fan of horror movies and the like (my mother's thesis on the symbolism of the rolling eye in Final Destination 5 is impressive). So I decided that it was important that I be personally familiar with the original literature on which the movie monsters of the 20th century were based (Dracula, Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera, et al.). So I read ALL of the original stuff. Only to discover....
it was all terrible.
|Just stick with the Creature Commandos, readers!|
So, while I didn't enjoy it much, I did reach a conclusion. It's myth of these characters that is appealing rather than any particular story of theirs, including their initial one. The strength of their underlying concepts is so great it can withstand (repeated) poor execution.
So, too, Green Arrow. A rich guy who suddenly realizes he's kind of a spoiled jerk and decides to help out the less fortunate as a vigilante while still managing to be a cocky wiseguy? That's the Robin Hood (or Zorro) story right there and it's a strong myth in Western culture. People have a need for it and it's why Arrow does so well on television.
People are responding generally to Rebirth, DC's return to the roots and core concepts of its iconic characters. It's natural that the response is going to the strongest for characters that were most off-track and that definitely includes Green Arrow.