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Green Arrow: Year One

Written by Andy Diggle

Illustrated by Jock

Review by Stephanie Cooke

This is the first Green Arrow story that I’ve taken the time to read. Appropriately enough, it’s the origin story of Oliver Queen becoming the Green Arrow.  The story of how Queen came to be a crime-fighting vigilante is a bit Batmanesque, seeing as he’s a rich playboy who hones in on a skill to use to take out evildoers.  But nonetheless, I really enjoyed the approach that Diggle took to convey Queen’s motives. It’s funny since Green Arrow is one of my favorite characters and yet up until reading Year One, I knew essentially nothing about him.  This is the perfect way to get someone unfamiliar with Green Arrow started with other GA graphic novels.

Year One was definitely an interesting tale of survival and destiny.  I enjoyed Queen’s character, the story build-up and the direction it went in.  I would definitely recommend Year One for any fan or even for a new reader.


You really don’t need any background into Green Arrow to enjoy this graphic novel.  It’s an original story of how Green Arrow came to be, so this is actually a great spot for new readers to start off.


I really enjoyed both the story and the illustrations for this graphic novel.  As a fan of Green Arrow, I somehow had never heard Oliver Queen’s origin story before and reading it from Andy Diggle’s perspective was excellent. Definitely worth picking up.

About The Author

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Stephanie is [obviously] a comic book fan, but she also considers herself an avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, board games fan (although she doesn’t find nearly enough time for them…) and being snarky. Oh, and Twitter. Twitter’s a hobby, right? Stephanie is a purveyor of too many projects and outside of Talking Comics she’s done work for, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, Misfortune Cookie (her personal blog for words and pictures) and more. She wrote a story for the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (coming in October 2016 from Dark Horse) and she also runs Toronto Geek Trivia in her home city. She can be found helping out at other “geek” community things around there.

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