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‘Green Lantern/Green Arrow vol. 1’: a comic review

When I reviewed the Green Lantern film I expressed my distaste for the Green Lantern character and that I had no interest in reading anything of Green Lantern. But mulling it for a while I decided to give it a shot. But I didn’t want to be bogged down by the Green Lantern mythos, instead I looked into a landmark in comic history for Green Lantern/Green Arrow. A tale of social consciousness in late Silver Age comics. As an appreciator of both comics history and social consciousness I decided to give it a shot.


Writer Dennis O’Neil proposed the more socially conscious form of Green Lantern as part of the late Silver Age ethics of comics and to create interest in the series. Without a doubt O’Neil was successful, since it managed to gain significant media attention. Many of the issues that O’Neil includes in the stories are derived from the social issues of the ’60s, such as the population bomb, racism, environmentalism, etc. As such it serves as a great time capsule for the socially aware atmosphere of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

As a superhero comic it manages to ground the Green Lantern, which pleased me immensely. The writing still feels rooted in the Silver Age (but so do many later ’70s comics), but the content more than makes up for that. Green Arrow and Green Lantern are juxtaposed well with one another by being on other ends of the spectrum in terms of addressing conflict, though I feel O’Neil weighs more towards Green Arrow as his arguments tend to prevail in the end. But for the most part it’s good writing in the Silver Age structure of narrative.


Artist Neal Adams art is definitely rooted in the Silver Age. He does a good job of conveying the objective of the narrative, but doesn’t go far beyond that. One of my bigger complaints about Adams’ art is the two issues depicting Native Americans, which are stereotypically depicted as red skinned (though the tribe being shown is definitely not). I’m actually pretty sure this isn’t Adams’ fault, but that of the colorist (and a bit to O’Neil for writing more stereotypically as well). The art is quality, but not as groundbreaking as the narrative.

Final Opinion:

Green Lantern/Green Arrow vol. 1 does a good job at setting up the framework for the series. As a comic it stands greater as a landmark in comic history in the form of addressing social issues at the time of its creation. Though, Dennis O’Neil does a good job at grounding Green Lantern into a far more workable character for this sort of narrative. Definitely check this out if you’re interested in the changing trends of comics, or a Green Lantern fan looking for older, and quality storytelling.

Green Lantern and Green Arrow are owned by DC Comics. This collection is written by Dennis O’Neil, with art by Neal Adams.

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