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The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection, Vol. 2

By Dennis O'Neil

Rating: 3 stars

This is the second, and final, volume of the Green Arrow/Green Lantern stories by Dennis O’Neil et al. The stories in this volume get very political, tackling heavy issues of the day: drugs and pollution being chief amongst them, without the intergalactic and Great American Journey shenanigans of its predecessor.

The political stories look clumsy to 21st century eyes, where we’re used to subtlety and nuance, whereas these very much hammer you over the head. But then could we be where we are now in terms of weaving contemporary issues into storytelling without this early attempt? The drugs story in particular is crude but compelling.

Together these two volumes provide an interesting, and, indeed, entertaining, glimpse back into a time when comics were changing, becoming more complex and telling deeper stories. Read it for the punching, the slice of comics history is free.

Book details

ISBN: 9781401202309
Publisher: DC Comics
Year of publication: 1971

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