Back in the days when legacy heroes were still a big thing at DC, we had Connor Hawke as Green Arrow – a young man who spent many of his formative years at a Buddhist monastery where he met his father Ollie Queen, the original Green Arrow, and ended up following in his footsteps. Here, soon after Ollie’s demise in issue #100, Connor and his travelling partner Eddie Fyers are trying to bring Milos Armitage, an arms dealer and all-round scumbag, to justice, and the trail has led to Gotham where things get complicated as Armitage also happens to have married Connor’s mother, Moonday. To say her grip on history is a little off is being charitable.
This being Gotham, of course, a team up is inevitable but despite Batman being interested in the guns Armitage is selling, it’s Robin that partners up in this issue, though not without the inevitable confusion between good guys that results in a fight.
Thankfully Robin and Green Arrow get on much better and the pair of them team up, find the guns that Armitage is selling and take him down together.
After that, it’s just down to Connor to tell his mother some hard truths while she does everything she can to avoid anything in reality that contradicts her own world view.
Man, that’s a massive case of deflection right there.
I really enjoyed Connor as Green Arrow and as nice as it was to see Ollie return several years later, it seems to have been at the expense of Connor as I don’t think he’s been seen since the New 52 launch over ten years ago.
2 thoughts on “Random Retrospective #12 – Green Arrow #105”
I feel like Conner’s gotten phased out because they’ve generally de-aged Ollie. Possibly because of the TV show? Ollie always seems to be drawn and act like a more inexperienced 20-something, so having a teen son is harder to manage. Definitely doesn’t have that “cranky holdover from the Flower power generation” vibe any longer.
I’ve never read any of Conner’s run as a lead character, but Dixon had him show up in Robin once, helping Tim protect a classmate from a demon. The main thing I remember is Tim commenting Conner was almost as good a fighter as Lady Shiva. Because living around non-violent monks makes one a heck of a butt-kicker, apparently.
You’re right, the New 52 Ollie was a lot younger; I haven’t read his series for years now, and I only get to see him when he’s in things like JUSTICE LEAGUE where he seems to be a bit older, but yeah, probably not old enough for Conner.
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