from the grave, Oliver Queen (AKA The Green Arrow) is disturbed
to discover that a mysterious figure was seen at his funeral.
It is soon revealed that the man in question is an old foe,
and his appearance at Queen's funeral means he now knows the
real identity of The Green Arrow as well as the other superheroes,
including Superman, that attended. Queen sets
out on a dangerous trip down memory lane as he and his former
ward Arsenal seek out a series of legendary artefacts from
Archer's Quest is not just a story for Green Arrow
fans. There is enough back story here to allow those unfamiliar
with Oliver Queen's life to follow what has gone before. This
is not a Green Arrow story as such. This could just
as easily have had Batman, Superman or any other superhero
with a secret identity as the central character. And that
is part of the charm of this story.
is interesting about this collection is how the whole thing
came about. Author, Brad Meltzer, explains in his Afterword
to this collection that the whole idea for The Archer's
Quest was born during a conversation with one of his friends
on the subject of "porn-buddies". Porn-buddies,
apparently, are close friends that you entrust with the whereabouts
of your porn collection. Should you die, it is your porn-buddies
duty to go to your house and remove all of your porn before
your family discover it.
this collection doesn't feature any porn, it does feature
a number of secret items that Queen would rather didn't fall
into the wrong hands and so off he sets off to track these
with the usual extra pages that contain covers and sketches,
The Archer's Quest contains the original proposal for this
collection, as well as the original script for the first chapter
of the book.
written, beautifully illustrated, and extremely moving. A
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