Pojo's HeroClix "Click of the Day"
|Oliver Queen was a successful gazillionaire cut from the
same cloth as Bruce Wayne. In a Robinson Crusoe-esque parallel, Ollie was
stranded on a desert island with nothing but the clothes on his back and his
ingenuity. I don't remember how long he was on that island, but that's where
he transformed himself from playboy to avenging angel. When he got back to
civilization he became The Green Arrow. His exploits are many, and together
with the Silver-Age Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), he fought the good fight in
a series of outstanding comic written by Dennis O'Neal and drawn by the
immortal Neal Adams. (I'm talking about the ORIGINAL "Hard Travelling
Heroes" storyline which ran in the waning issues of Green Lantern, from #78
to #89). Green Arrow was often the conscience of the group, leading to
several successful stints in the Justice League of America. He's not a
"heavy hitter" in the DCU, but he's an important second-tier character.
Long-ago having lost his fortune, he settled in Star City (the DCU
equivelent of Seattle) with his long-time lover Black Canary, and they lived
in sin together running a flower shop by day and fighting crime together at
Relations between GL and GA became strained over the years, and they weren't
even speaking when Hal Jordan went nuts over the destruction of Coast City
by Mongul (during the Reign of Superman/Return of Superman storyline back in
the early 90's). Jordan acquired EVERY Green Lantern ring in existence, went
to OA (the ancestral home of the Guardians, the little blue guys who
basically run the DC Universe), and entered the master Green Lantern Battery
there, in order to become the uber-villain Parallax. During the "Zero Hour"
crisis (a HUGE crossover in which all the DC Continuity problems that had
arisen SINCE "Crisis on Infinite Earths", were supposed to be fixed) Ollie
actually shot Parallax, and "killed" him, for awhile.
Ollie became pretty despondent after that, and during a mission, Ollie
actually got himself blowed up in an airplane crash. His illegitimate son,
Connor Hawke took over the mantle of Green Arrow, just around the same time
that Kyle Raynor took over the mantle of Green Lantern, and a second
generation of Hard Traveling Heroes was born.
By this time Hal Jordan's villainous tendencies were wiped away, and he had
become the new Spectre. This Jordan-Spectre couldn't stand to see Oliver
Queen die, so he "saved" him, and a couple of years later, an amnesiac blond
haird, mustaschioed archer showed up on the streets of Star City. But this
Ollie was an empty shell, his soul was still in Heaven. Eventually Jordan-Spectre
explained all to Ollie, and he was reunited with his soul, setting the stage
for his triumphant comeback, which included a reuniting with Connor Hawke,
and now ladies and gentlemen, there are TWO Green Arrows running around in
the DCU, though I'm sure they're going to do something about Connor's name
in the future.
Green Arrow's comics have been written by some of the best in the biz,
including the aforementioned O'Neill and Kevin Smith. Smith's recent run has
been collected in Hardcover, and is highly recommended (doesn't hurt that
the covers are by my favorite comic creator of all time Matt Wagner - when's
that Grendel herclix coming anyway?)
BTW if that intro was long, it's because I LOVE Green Arrow, he's always
been one of my all-time favorite DC characters, and I think that if I know
something about a character, well, then it's my duty to inform you all, so
that you have a better background as to how to play him.
Green Arrow is an ordinary man in the comics, though he happens to be an
olympic-level archer. In the 60's and 70's he used "trick" arrows, arrows
with a boxing glove for a head, arrows with handcuffs built in, arrows with
explosives, etc. Now he just uses razor sharp arrow-heads. His heroclix
doppleganger represents the emerald archer quite well, with a 50 point price
tag, six clicks of health and two range 10 attacks. Obviously he's got RCS,
but he also has Stealth, Leap/Climb and incapacitate. His starting stats are
8 Speed, 11 Attack, 16 Defense and 1 Damage. His vet version doesn't have a
team ability, but his Experienced version does have the JLA team ability, so
if you need that, go for the experienced version (which better represents
the Silver-Age Green Arrow anyway).
GA is a level four uncommon, which is practical for a 50 point veteran. If
you can't pull him from a booster, you shouldn't have to spend more than
four bucks to get him at auction, less at a brick and mortar.
PLaybility 3 of 5
Collectability 3 of 5
I wish they could be higher, but personal feelings aside, he isn't all that
great of a heroclix. Still he'll be in most of my DC teams.
||Some people call Green Arrow DC's Bullseye, his stats
look a lot like
Bullseye's. He has one click of stealth then 3 clix of leap and climb, one
of the powers he has but Bullseye doesn't. He has 3 clix of incapacitate and
a starting attack value of 11. With a range of 10 and 2 range attacks he can
double incapacitate. He has RCE for 3 clix, but only one damage. After he
loses RCE he gets 2 damage. His defense isn't too bad either, it starts at
16. He has 5 clix of health which is ok. Green Arrow is really worth his
point cost, all of this for only 50pts! Green Arrow makes an excellent range
He's an uncommon, level 4 rarity. Auctions for Green Arrow on ebay aren't
going too high, highest one I've seen go up to is $5.00. You can get his
R/E/V set for 8.00 on ebay or you can get lucky and win an auction for him
or his whole set for just about $3.00.
He has the average sculpt. He's just standing there pointing his bow in the
air. I like Hawkeye's better, he's kneeling and his quiver has more detail.
I'll give him an extra .5 points, because archers are cool and his sculpt
isn't that bad, just nothing special.