“Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest” by Brad Meltzer
Best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer (The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and 2004’s The Zero Game) brings his taut, suspense-filled storytelling to the Emerald Archer in Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest. Collecting Green Arrow #16-21, The Archer’s Quest takes Oliver Queen on a moody, dangerous trip down memory lane as he and his former ward Arsenal seek out a series of legendary artifacts from his past, joining in the journey is the acclaimed art team of Phil Hester and Andre Parks, continuing their uninterrupted run on this new comic-book classic. –From the back cover.
Never being a fan of Green Arrow I read the graphic novel “Green Arrow: Quiver” after he debuted on the CW’s Smallville played by Justin Hartley. I found it interesting is that this follows Quiver where it saw Queen rise from the ashes of his death to be alive again. In “The Archer’s Quest” finds that upon Queen’s death his executor of his last will and testament didn’t complete his job. So fully alive now Green Arrow sets out to complete the task.
At first I wonder why these things were such a big deal and as the story progresses you realize why. It answered a question that had always been in the back of my mine when you read about superheroes dying. Being a superhero is messy business. What happens after a characters is gone, who protects their secret identity.
I can say that it was enthused to read it. DC has always promoted Green Arrow as a second tier hero in the shadow of the big three, Superman, Batman, and Woman even though he’s a founding member of the Justice League. After watching his character arc on Smallville and reading Quiver I can appreciate him more.
What compelled me to read, “The Archer’s Quest”, I wanted to know what the artifacts were and their significance to the Green Arrow. Its story was ok but nothing jumps out to make this story memorable. This story arc was more of a character develop arc. It gave the character a chance to reconnect with allies from the past, show how he has changed, and take a walk down memory lane.
The one thing that I took from this graphic novel is that Green Arrow’s mental Achilles’ heel. Oliver Queen has an almost homosexual emotional attachment to Hal Jordan’s Green Arrow and the Barry Allen’s Flash. These two deaths have and having been recently resurrected have severely left him emotional crippled in the past, with the fixation of death.
Even with this tale being about him facing his own demise, its only when he talks about these characters does the emotion resonant in the book. In the end when all the artifacts are gather and their emotional weight is revealed it didn’t resonant with me as a reader. I still say its worth a read, it gives the reader a insight into a character’s history.