I like to think that I’m not a sheep. I don’t like to follow the masses a lot of the time. I don’t always like the heroes that everyone else likes. Hell, a lot of the time I have a predilection towards villains actually. But back to heroes.
When you’re a DC fan, as I am, you’re probably a fan of one of the A-list or top-tier superheroes: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, etc… But every once in a while you run into someone who’s favorite character is on the B team or second shelf. I’m one of those guys.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think my guy is just as deserving of being on the A team just as much as Supes or The Bat, but most people think of him as an inferior product. Kind of like I-A football fans view I-AA football (screw you, I-AA football is not inferior and has a better system).
So who’s my guy? Green Arrow. Why? Because he’s just a regular guy that’s got a particular skill and is very good at what he does. Say he’s a Robin Hood wannabe or Batman with a bow and I shove my foot up your ass.
So he started off as a blatant rip off of Batman. I’ll admit that, and it’s totally evident (the Arrowmobile?); but he’s evolved past that. He’s found his niche among the “super-powers” of the DC universe, and he provides the perfect voice for the common man on a team that is mostly made up of people who are anything but common. Take the first episode of last season’s Justice League Unlimited. He was recruited to be the voice of the little guy, to help keep the team in line. And who was it that told the narrative in Identity Crisis? That’s right. My man, Oliver.
Come to think of it, I had a cat named Ollie when I was little. He was a badass too. Guess I was destined to be a GA fan. Sorry, alls I’m saying is to give the undercard guys a chance. You’d be surprised at who can actually shine just as bright as the Holy Trinity if they ever step out of the spotlight. I think we’ll see a lot of the second stringers rise to the occasion during Infinite Crisis, and maybe you’ll develop a new favorite too.