I encourage you to buy the new 100-page giant celebrating the 80th anniversary of Green Arrow, because it's an absolute delight.
Only one of the (all original) stories is a clunker (Jeff Lemire's) and while the Denny O'Neil tribute isn't a "Green Arrow" story per se, it's a fitting tribute to the man who so thoroughly re-created Green Arrow for his time that most modern readers aren't even aware of any other version.
|I appreciate tidy tables of contents.|
The first one is a lovely and characteristically weird Golden Age GA tale, that makes no sense at the end... just as it should!
|I approve of an Oliver Queen who likes Kandinsky.|
The second is the backstory to one of Ollie's most famous tools.
|And an amusing précis of his relationship with Batman.|
The third is a story set in Ollie's "satellite era" days, which also riffs on his Silver Age battle with
a mechanical octopus.
|Not to be confused with the Non-mechanical Octopus.|
The third one is a mild sociological scene by Mike Grell.
The fourth is overview of the whole of Green Arrow's evolution, using the flight of arrow as a metaphor.
|If they'd used the Arrowcar's catapult, it could have been literal.|
The fifth is a wry collection of "wise advice" from Ollie.
The sixth is a pitch perfect tale of Connor Hawke trying to live up to his father's reputation.
|Oh; sorry, Connor.|
The seventh, and perhaps my favorite, is Speedy's origin told in the manner of a Navajo legend.
|I have always felt strongly that the Green Arrow mythos has mostly wasted its organic connection to native American culture.|
I don't want to spoil the eighth story, but suffice it to say it's about Ollie's empathy as one of his best "weapons".
|Any story that spotlights how stupid and pointless Onomatopoeia is is okay by me.|
The ninth is a great look at the effective synergy between Green Arrow and Black Canary.
|Any story where Deathstroke gets the snot beat out of him is okay by me.|
The tenth is a lovely meditation on the ecology of forests as a metaphor for Ollie's understanding of being part of team.
|Look, I would NOT recommend a story by Benjamin Percy unless I really felt I had to.|
The next is the clunker I mentioned (it's aiming for some sort of mythic weight that Green Arrow simply cannot bear) followed by the (artfully wordless) tribute to Denny O'Neil. Oh and the book ALSO contains Ollie's CHILI RECIPE!
|Try spinning, J'onn.|
So.... buy it. It's a fun look at many different takes and aspects of Green Arrow that will help you appreciate the character more.
|Really, I can only imagine one thing that could have made it better.|