Wednesday the 10th of October the CW Network premiered ARROW a television show primarily based on DC Comics Oliver “Green Arrow” Queen who’s been a major player in DC Comics ‘The New52′ and recently (in conjunction with the premiere of his own television series no doubt) was just announced as the next big ‘name” to join the DC’s INJUSTICE God’s Among us video game.
If your interested in the CW series yet not familiar with Green Arrow as a character…well that’s actually a good thing. Green Arrow is one of those comic book characters who hasn’t been kept under the same “lock and key” standards as Batman and Superman, meaning DC allows creators more longitude when writing Green Arrow and launching a new series. In even simpler terms this means that there are more than a couple versions of Green Arrow out there, a couple of them differing greatly from the others, depending on which creative team was in charge of the book.
Created in 1941 by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, Green Arrow has been published for 72 years fairly steadily so you can expect which ever ‘type’ they choose to base the television series on it will no doubt be a strong character that will grow with the series. So, who is Oliver “Green Arrow” Queen? He’s a spoiled rich boy who’s family secretly makes their riches in less then moral ways. Out to sea with his father as a young man Oliver’s dad confesses this fact to him before the ship goes down leaving everyone but Oliver dead. Oliver him self is stranded on a rough and deserted island and forced to hone himself into a living weapon in order to survive.
Rescued and returned home, Oliver is a changed man: filling his time with booze, broads, and boats before the accident and vengeance, violence, and victories after. Oliver Queen dons several pieces of equipment: some he’s come up with on his own, some he’s adapted from what he had when he washed up on shore, and others still he’s built with the vast Queen resources in his quest for vengeance. His appearance and chosen weapon all lead up to him being called “Arrow” in the series.
The series brings with it quite a strong support cast with: his new step father and mother (the Queen of Queens?); his little sister with the childhood nickname of “Speedy” (a name that both should ring true to die hard DC Comics fans, and give you insight into her role in the series); his best friend Tommy Merlyn (again another name that should ring true) who was much happier before his best friend was changed by his stay on that island; his ex-girl friend (Dina) Laural Lance, a crusading attorney from the other side of the tracks (yet a third name that should ring true) who’s very angry at Ollie for living after the crap he pulled before the accident – and the list goes on.
Paired with the drama is the action! Ollie has honed his skills on that island. Not only a world class archer he’s also a combatant with the instincts of a jungle cat all complimented by his city boy upbringing and ability to navigate polite society make him a very formidable opponent for the best his opposition has to offer. The show doesn’t pull any punches either. While they do not showcase the violence (arrows pulled from chests are dry metal, not dripping with blood) it exists and quite frankly, in this bloggers opinion, there aren’t enough shows like that for men to watch!
On a final note I feel that the title “Arrow” is fitting as the character is far more than just one version of the Oliver “Green Arrow” Queen from the many that exist. In fact, I can see elements of other archers of the DCU in this televised version of Oliver Queen such as Roy Harper, Conner Hawk, and Mira Dearden. If you like action movies, archery, the DCU, or any combination there of then I think you should give this show a chance.
Caine is an author, comic book creator, blogger, and podcaster over at of the Masked Marauder Matinee podcast. He has a life long love affair with comic books, particular DC, and it shows in pretty much everything he does. If you like “Arrow” then you might want to take a look at the Masked Marauder Matinee as there is surely something there that will invoke your fight or flight response…