Arrow Vol. 1 ~ Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg

  • Title: Arrow, Vol. 1
  • Author: Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg
  • Artists:  Mike Grell
  • Series: Arrow Vol. #1
  • Genre: Graphic novel
  • Format: Digital
  • Source: Review Copy
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  Spinning off directly from the hit CW television series ARROW comes the Emerald Archerer in these digital-first adventures! Show creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim team with some of the industry’s best artists, including Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS), Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW: QUIVER) and others to fill in the gaps between episodes of one of TV’s hottest new series.

Collects Arrow #1-6 and #1 Special edition.

Review:  This was my first foray into the world of Arrow. I wasn’t sure what to expect, maybe a modern day spin on Robin Hood mythology? I can see some of that – the main character used his mad archery skills to take down rich and greedy bad guys. However, where Robin is dashing, Arrow is brooding. Very brooding.

The plot follows Oliver, heir to an empire, who appears to be trying to fix his father’s legacy by fighting the corrupt and powerful. The storyline is not bad, just a bit disjointed. There are a lot of flashbacks to fill in the back story, which is to be expected within a comic narrative. However, combined with random encounters, the story just does not have a clear flow to it.

The artwork itself is really dark. I love dark. In this case, however, the darkness makes it difficult to differentiate some of the characters. There is one frame that I found particularly appealing, when Arrow kills the police chief with a medallion. The cover is super-hot, so bonus artwork points for that.

Right now, I am still experimenting to figure out which graphic novels I like best. This one wasn’t bad, but it just doesn’t compare to the story lines in Batman and Superman Unchained. Perhaps I would enjoy it more if I followed the television series.

*Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was provided to me for review by the publisher through the Net Galley program.


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