I never thought I'd see a British comic starring B-lister superhero Green Arrow, but then I never thought there'd ever be a successful TV series about him either. Titan Comics' new Green Arrow No.1 launched last week and the cover makes it clear that it's hoping to pull in viewers of the Arrow TV show.
If any of those TV viewers are discovering the comic version for the first time they'll notice quite a few differences between the print and screen versions. The comic came first of course, as Green Arrow the comics character dates back to 1941. Titan's comic reprints the more contemporary strips from 2011, but there are still considerable differences to the TV show. (Personally I was never a fan of the character in the comics and I prefer to TV version far more.)
Nevertheless, the basics remain the same: millionaire Oliver Queen, lost on a remote distant island, has to train to survive, then when he returns home he brings his new skills with a bow and arrow to fight crime in the city. One major difference is the comic version uses more trick arrows than his TV counterpart, which some readers may find a bit silly.
Green Arrow No.1 is a chunky 100 page issue, featuring GA's origin from Secret Origins and the first three issues of his current American series. There's also a back up strip featuring his protegé Arsenal, reprinted from DC Comics Presents No.17. Plenty to read for £3.99.
Issue 2 is advertised in the back of the comic but there's no release date. I'm presuming Green Arrow is a bi-monthly title, like Titan's other 100 page DC comics, but time will tell. You'll find the comic displayed in WH Smith alongside the other Titan Comics, Panini Comics, and SF media mags. It's also available from Forbidden Planet and other comics stores.