Green Arrow Rebirth
The Batman and Superman Rebirth one-shots were kind of cool (albeit non-events serving little other than as expository set-up for the coming #1s), but Green Arrow Rebirth
is a fucking awesome little comic book in my opinion. It's self-righteous and self-deprecating at the same time, using a little humour and satire to explore the dichotomy of a character like Green Arrow; a man who claims to be for the people but is a person of immense wealth and privilege.
It helps that it doesn't take it self too seriously, although content-wise things seem to be pretty dark, with an almost supernatural twist like early Vertigo titles. There are minor flourishes of blood and violence even, which might not seem that big a deal - and hey, I have shit like Gantz
on my shelf - but it instantly sets it apart in tone from the rest of the main DC imprint (this is a great sign for the new Hellblazer
book; we can have our cake and eat it too it seems). I did a double-take; GA was actually puttin' red holes through crooks... what is this, Mike Grell's Green Arrow
? Oh, and the art!
Sure, peoples' mileage is going to vary, but this is a comic just looking to have a good time at the end of the day; a far remove from the trite, try-hard topical nonsense we're seeing in other titles elsewhere at the moment. In fact, I would say it takes the piss out of those kinds of comic books.
This just makes me want to read Scalped
even more, because once that's out of the way, then I can start Southern Bastards