GRAPHIC NOVEL
Green Arrow
Heading into the Light

Author: Judd Winick and J. Calafiore
Artists: Tom Fowler, Ron Garney, Ron Lim and Paul Lee
Titan Books
RRP 8.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6344 2
ISBN-10: 1 84576 344 0
Available 22 September 2006


Oliver Queen is only a man - with none of the fantastic abilities of his fellow superheroes. Yet time and again, using his skill and daring as Green Arrow, he's defeated villains of infinite power. He has become a symbol of the idea that any man can fight back if he has the will to do so. To some, that has made him dangerous...

In Heading into the Light, two of Green Arrow's greatest foes, the newly empowered Dr. Light and the embittered dark archer Merlyn, enact a plan to attack Green Arrow's home and those he loves most - his son, Connor and his Ward, Mia. But the plan soon threatens the people of Star City as well, and Oliver Queen faces his greatest challenge - only to learn the bitter lesson that even a symbol can fail.

Hands up all those that thought that the Green Arrow was one of the DC Universe's most stupid superheroes. I have to admit that a few years ago I would have been reaching for the sky too. Come on, any villain who hasn't worked out that Oliver Queen (with his ridiculously obvious blond goatee and moustache is... shock horror... in fact the Green Arrow) obviously needs to go back to super villain school. So when Queen and his family are surprised to learn that someone (gosh) has worked out where Green Arrow lives and who he really is I couldn't help but smile to myself.

Dr. Light is understandably still a little peeved that his memories were wiped to hide the JLA's secret identities, but is that the reason why he's trying to destroy Queen and his family? As Queen and his team digs deeper they soon discover that there is a more disturbing reason behind Dr. Light's mission.

This collection rattles along at a good pace - hardly giving you time to get your bearings. And it's not until half way through this collection that things take a nasty turn, as Dr. Light attacks Mia at her school.

The writing is well above the normal standard, as is the art work. I can't recommend this collection enough. Green Arrow fans should have this in their collection, as should any one who wants to read one hell of a great yarn. And if you are not screaming out for more at this tale's conclusion (??!!??) then you really should stop reading comics and go and check yourself into a lunatic asylum.

Darren Rea

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