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Subject: Re: Can Arrow be the next Smallville? Date: 10/13/2012 8:10 AM
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Hi Ken,

Green Arrow's skill set somehow lacks credibility compared to say Superman and the backstory there before Smallville corrupted it.

OK, let's forget for a moment that Superman is, effectively, a god in the comics. I wouldn't call his skill set "credible" -- (grins) -- but I see what you're saying here: Superman is a known quantity in the public consciousness. Not so much with GA.

Arrow was always, IMO, a poor man's substitute for Batman - the masked human vigilante with special toys. Batman's toys are better.

I'd agree that, so far, the series is showing GA as litte more than Batman with a bow and arrow. But that's not how the character developed in the comics. That Oliver Queen burned hot with righteous fury, which, in the Justice League at least, serves as a counter to Batman's cold, exacting vengeance.

Also: the GA that Mike Grell reinvented in the late '80s with The Longbow Hunters trades gadgets for accuracy, stealth, and hunting skill, attributes the character would have naturally honed as a survivalist castaway.

You'll have to forgive me for wading into the weeds like this. I cover the comics industry because I love the medium, and have since since I was a kid.

FWIW and Foolish best,

Tim
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