Queen (aka the Green Arrow) is back in Star City, looking
to get his life back in order. His relationship with the Black
Canary is in tatters, and his 'family' want his undivided
attention, something he's not able to give, thanks to a mysterious
killer who is systematically taking out vigilantes and the
Green Arrow is next on his list...
Sounds of Violence is
the second of Kevin Smith's Green Arrow collections
to be released into the UK through Titan Publishing. You've
got to hand it to the man - he knows what he's doing.
collection tackles issues that fans have questioned for years
(like why do old male vigilantes feel the need to have boy
sidekicks that wear tight little shorts?) But what I really
liked was that the main story (bad guy-offing vigilantes)
played second fiddle to the character relationships. It felt,
and this is not a criticism, as though the main story had
been tacked on to fill out space while the characterisation
was the main thrust. This was particularly refreshing when
you consider that most comic books do this the other way around.
Queen is an old fashioned character, with out of date ideals
and the worst excuse for a disguise that you have ever seen.
But in the hands of Smith he is a hero to rank alongside the
likes of Batman and Superman (Okay, maybe better than dull
old Redneck Sups, but you get the idea).
Hester's art wonderfully compliments Smith's vision - I dare
you not to wince as Green Arrow pierces his enemy's foot with
an arrow and try not to look around the balls that cover the
naked Black Canary.
presentation of this collection is also first rate. Hardcover
with a felt like feel to it and, one of the best grade paper
stocks for the interior, make this an essential purchase for
any true comic fan. There are also a couple of neat inclusions
to get the fan boys sweaty including a neat reference to Ben
Affleck and an illustration of Kevin Smith as Green Arrow.
again Smith proves he is on at least an equal footing with
the likes of Frank Miller, Garth Ennis and Alan Moore.
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