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Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1 - Green Arrow Industries

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If you read this comic and thought you read something put out by Marvel, I do not blame you.

Flashpoint branches off and gives us a look at what an alternate-university Tony Sta-I mean, Oliver Queen would do if he was a little less altruistic.

The Good

Not much, to be honest. This book wasn't exactly a total waste of my time, but I wouldn't recommend the $2.99 it takes to buy it. We'll say it's worth the paper it's printed on and it would be interesting if a similar character hadn't been created in 1963.

The Bad

Hoo boy. Where do I start?

Reading Flashpoint has really been a chore for me, as I'm not a fan of alternate universes where the characters are jacked up to be "extreme" versions of their "canon" counterparts. Green Arrow Industries doesn't avoid this, either: this universe's Oliver Queen insists on using Rogues' weapons as templates for government araments, prompting the obvious Tony Stark comparison.

The lengths to which the writers try to turn Ollie into Tony is just dumbfounding: Green Arrow his own character for a reason. The fact that this Green Arrow can't even arch just serves to drive the point home.

Honestly, I'm not even sure what audience this is trying to hit: Green Arrow fans won't find anything present here that is endearing to the original character, curious parties won't get an authentic enough experience to keep them buying when they go back to the "regular" Oliver Queen, and collectors of the Flashpoint tie-ins will be disappointed to find it only mentions the Amazon/Atlantis war briefly. If we were playing my "Crossover Bingo" for Flashpoint, this would be the "Tie-In That Has Nothing To Do With The Main Series" square.

I'd like to be clear: I don't hate when writers go out on a limb and try to change characters during crossovers and give us valuable insight into the ways they can be interpreted: I hate it when the changes are uninspired and do little to break new ground.

Also, say you hire your own band of mercenaries: why would you have them dress up like Green Arrow? If I was a hired gun, I'd feel a little degraded.

The Verdict

I give this book a big ol' "skip" recommendation, and will continue to do so unless the next issues serve to bring some badly-needed development.

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EnSabahNurX

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Oh good I dropped it from my pull list for budget reasons and I'm so happy it wasn't worth the read ^_____^ I was going to kick myself if dropped it and found out it was amazing like some of the other flashpoints i had to drop

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Really? Ive heard that this was good. Maybe its because you dont like alternate universes. But why review something you went into knowing you wouldnt like it? I dont mean this to sound bad but I would rather hear a review from someone who actually came in with a positive attitude.  
It was a good review nonetheless.
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Thank you now I know not to get it. I will see what other sites say about because a smart person listens to multiple opinions and decides for themselves. But if it was given a 1/5 than I can't see many people saying it's past a 3/5   

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@doordoor123 said:

Really? Ive heard that this was good. Maybe its because you dont like alternate universes. But why review something you went into knowing you wouldnt like it? I dont mean this to sound bad but I would rather hear a review from someone who actually came in with a positive attitude. It was a good review nonetheless.

I didn't go into this review looking for something to hate: I picked it to review because I'm a fan of Green Arrow, and tie-ins have the potential to tell a great story "from scratch." Instead, however, this book tried to be Invincible Iron Man, with nowhere near the success.

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@mattdemers said:

@doordoor123 said:

Really? Ive heard that this was good. Maybe its because you dont like alternate universes. But why review something you went into knowing you wouldnt like it? I dont mean this to sound bad but I would rather hear a review from someone who actually came in with a positive attitude. It was a good review nonetheless.

I didn't go into this review looking for something to hate: I picked it to review because I'm a fan of Green Arrow, and tie-ins have the potential to tell a great story "from scratch." Instead, however, this book tried to be Invincible Iron Man, with nowhere near the success.


Alright. I see where youre coming from.
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I flipped through this at the shop and put it back. For some reason Ollie cant get a good story these days. Which really makes me sad.
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@longbowhunter: I feel ya on that. You might like issue 13 of his current series though. A good change of pace and Ollie back in the city. New creative team, too. I really wanna see what his September series has to offer
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I actually really enjoyed this issue..
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Easly the worst Flashpoint tie-in so far...

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I haven't read this book, but I did see a review on another site that gave it an 8.5 out of 10, so I guess it's one of those "different strokes" kinda situations.

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I skipped this book, but I am interested in if Pornsak can write, I know he could edit.
Good to know he an DC are on decent terms, in retrospective it made sense when Vertigo let him and Vankin go, because both are now writers for Flashpoint.  So Flashpoint must of been planned for a while.

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I guess that Green Arrow's one-shot is a miss then?

::accepts silence::

I felt uncomfortable reading the actual issue. It felt like a rushed 90s comic like "Lois Lane and the Resistance" felt

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Staff Reviewer: 1 Star
User Rating: 4.5 Stars
I guess maybe the only people who would even rate it are those who liked it?

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You claim to be a fan of Green Arrow, yet you say there's nothing in the issue that's endearing to the original character--did you miss the several references to regular continuity Ollie, and how this one's cleverly different? Things like his view on big corporation, etc. 
 
Also, one of the big problems I've heard people complain about (and I find to be troublesome as well) is that for big event tie-ins, you have to have been reading the rest of the event. I find it refreshing that you can read this without knowing what's going on, other than we're dealing with an elseworlds-esque portrayal of Green Arrow. 
 
I think this review is a little more representative of how you should've gone into the issue: http://www.majorspoilers.com/review-flashpoint-green-arrow-industries-one-shot 
And I think the users of this site's votes tend to agree with that.

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I wouldn't say this is the worst issue put out for Flashpoint thus far, but I kinda felt it lacked any real fire or jazz that I usually associate with Green Arrow. It kind of struck me as overly rushed to be honest - not to mention I literally thought I'd missed a few panels at one point - and could have done better if they paced themselves a bit more. 
 
That said, I'd probably give it a solid three in the grand scheme of things. It's got some good potential and some nice little nods to mainstream, and the art is pretty damn solid.