Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Green Arrow

Ok, so I was at my comic shop two or three weeks ago looking for a decent one shot to read. After discovering that the art form of the one shot was dead, I decided to try a title that had just started. One I had enjoyed reading about when he teamed up with Green Lantern, but I never had the urge to read before. Green Arrow was the book, and at the time, it was only on issue #3. I grabbed the first two (the third shipment had been destroyed in transit) and went home, expecting nothing.

All said and done, I read the first two issues and couldn't wait to get issues 3 and 4. I went up today, grabbed them, then added him to my pull. Ollie is a very interesting character. Now, I'm not reading Brightest Day (waiting for them to come out in trade) but I do have a general idea of what's going on.. And I love it.

The story starts with Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) in a mystical forest that grew (overnight) on top of a city that had been destroyed (Star City- Ollie's hometown). Ollie decides he's going to live in the forest as the city has found out that he is Green Arrow and he's the only one who can manage to navigate the forest. A new character emerges and takes over Queen Enterprise after Ollie had, apparently, sold it off. Her first order of business is to create her own storm troopers to patrol the city.

Ollie had saved a girl who was running from some thugs when she ran into his forest. He defeated the thugs and got a nice "thank you" note in the form of an arrow being shot through his head. He was lucky, however, when a knight by the name of Galahad found his body and returned him to the lake in the center of the forest which healed the arrow wound. Galahad explained that it was only natural that a forest that was sprung to life over death could heal a life threatening wound. He then explained to Ollie that he discovered one thing as a knight... That his worst enemy was himself. I have a feeling this will play a bigger role in the coming issues.

Anyways, the woman who bought Queen Enterprise was revealed to be an old lover of Robert Queen (I'm assuming Ollie's dad?) and it went into her back story (very briefly) where she explained that she deserved Queen Enterprise. Down below Queen Tower however, the people of Star City have started a riot between Storm Troopers and citizens. Green Arrow comes in and quickly takes control, saves the city, then goes to a rooftop to meet with who I'm assuming is someone who works with the police and gives him intel. He tells Ollie about a murder that had taken place and gives off a phrase that triggers a memory and Ollie finds out who the killer is. A disguise artist only known as "Mary." She had masks and wigs seen throughout the series to date in her room right as Ollie busted in.

This is where I'm at now. Hopefully you've been reading. If not, where have you been? Grab it now! This book proves that JT Krul can write!

Until next time comic fans, I'm ComicBookGuyMark87!


Hello Blogspot world! My name is Mark Livingston, I'm a 22 year old from Tampa, Fl (currently living in Brandon, Fl) who got into comics (heavily) a little over a year ago. I started writing about my life online on Blurty many years ago, and then LiveJournal became the big website. If you're interested in following my personal life, you can add me at or

Anyways, I picked up my first comic when I was in the fifth grade. It was Ron Marz writing Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern right before he was shot into the past to meet face to face with Hal Jordan. I stopped reading comics altogether after Kyle left Jade in charge while he went on to reform the Corp. My interest peaked again after the movie V For Vendetta when I went out and bought the book instantly. I didn't get back into comics until after The Dark Knight came out. After that, I grabbed as many trade paperbacks that I could get my hands on involving Batman.

I've since found a shop I regularly go to (Read More Comics - Brandon, Fl), found a couple of books I follow, a few writers I love, and a few stories I feel compelled to share. I hope to help spread the word about some of my favorite, and least favorite, books to a larger audiance than I typically do on a daily basis. I started this blog because I saw a large hole as far as websites dedicated to personal opinions of comics. You'll see me on CBR as maniacthw, penciljack under maniacthw, and around the internet, usually under the same name. Under this paragraph I'll post my collection, my favorite books, my pull list, favorite writers, etc. I want this to be an awesome blog for an awesome cause, Lets get this started:

The Collection:(Trade paperbacks & graphic novels)
V For Vendetta - Alan Moore
Punisher (MAX): In The Beginning - Garth Ennis
Punisher (MAX): Irish Kitchen - Garth Ennis
Punisher (MAX): Mother Russia - Garth Ennis
Punisher (MAX): Up Is Down & Black Is White - Garth Ennis
Preacher: Gone To Texas - Garth Ennis
Preacher: Until The End Of The World - Garth Ennis
Preacher: Proud Americans - Garth Ennis
Preacher: Ancient History - Garth Ennis
Y: The Last Man: Unmanned - Vaughan
Y: The Last Man: Cycles - Vaughan
Fables: Legends In Exile - Willingham
Batman: Detective - Dini
Batman: Year One - Miller
Batman: The Long Halloween - Loeb
Batman: Dark Victory - Loeb
Batman: Under The Hood vol 1 & 2 - Winick
Batman: A Death In The Family - Starlin
Batman: Officer Down - Multiple writers
Batman: RIP - Morrison
Batman: Batman & Son - Morrison
Batman: Turning Points - Multiple writers
Batman: The Killing Joke - Moore
Robin: Year One - Dixon
Robin: Search For A Hero - Nicieza
Nightwing: Love And War - Wolfman
Nightwing: Mobbed Up - Grayson (haha! Get it?)
Teen Titans: A Kid's Game - Johns
Teen Titans: Family Lost - Johns
Teen Titans: Beast Boys & Girls - Johns
Green Lantern: Rebirth - Johns
Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War vol 1 - Johns
Green Lantern: Rage Of The Red Lanterns - Johns
Witchblade:  Vol. 1 - Marz
Iron Man: With Iron Hands - Moore

Single issues
Red Robin #1-5, 7-9, 11-16
Azrael #1-12
Batman & Robin #1
Flash #1&2
Green Arrow #1&2
Green Lantern #98&99
Detective Comics #608, 868
Batman: Year Three #1-4
Batman #703
Battle For The Cowl: Commissioner Gordon #1, Batman Alive #1
Brave And The Bold: Atom And The Joker
Joker's Asylum II: The Riddler #1Destroyer (MAX) #1 (of 5)
Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1 (of 6)
Zatana #1-5

My Pull List (what I get every month)
Green Arrow
Red Robin
And I might be adding Zatana. Still on the fence here.

Favorite Writers I'll pick up just about any book with one of these names on them:
Fabian Nicieza
David Hine
Paul Dini
Chuck Dixon
Garth Ennis

Top 5 Favorite TPBs
5 Punisher (MAX): Mother Russia - Garth Ennis
4 Green Lantern: Rebirth - Geoff Johns
3 Batman: Detective - Paul Dini
2 Robin: Search For A Hero - Fabian Nicieza
1 V For Vendetta - Alan Moore

Ok, hopefully you all got a taste of what I like. I'll be adding news, reviews, upcoming releases, etc to this blog as it picks up steam. Hopefully I get some followers on here to discuss these books with me. I'll also get a YouTube channel going eventually once I get everything together. Hopefully my blog helps you find some new characters you wouldn't normally check out, and hopefully you guys help me check out some new characters also. Now leave me some comments and introduce yourself. Leave a few suggestions for books everyone should check out and tell me what's on your pull.

Until next time, I'm ComicBookGuyMark87. I'll see you then!