Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Outlaw

Mr. Riley strikes again with a new poem:

Cop on the Beat

It's an improvement on the old Lantern Oath, I think...

So We've seen The Cop, now how about a look at The Outlaw, DC's other "green" hero:

Oliver Queen was born in a lab -the product of a genetic experiment aimed at creating five perfect assassins. Each child in the Royal Flush Project was bred with heightened reflexes and vision, muscle control, tactical prowess and a superhuman targeting ability.

But little Ollie was not like the others. Good tempered and caring even as an infant, he won the heart of one of the geneticists who smuggled him out of the lab one day and passed him off to a traveling circus -the only people who would take in a child with no documentation. And so Ollie found a better life.

Life with the circus was good, and he was a show-stopper with his knife throwing and trick arrow displays. But as he traveled from town to town, seeing more of the world, he became aware of injustice and enforced inequalities. Oliver began to feel that he should do more with his abilities than entertain a crowd. And then one day he saw a red-caped man who could fly, and he knew what he should do.

But the people Ollie wanted to fight for were often victimized by the very institutions that were supposed to protect them. So Oliver Queen became an outlaw. Now he fights for the little guys against abusive corporations, corrupt law enforcement and “legitimate businesses.”

And he’s been noticed.

Four perfect assassins have been put on his trail...


My version of the Green Arrow is superpowered. Partly this is because I want Batman to be the only non-powered guy in the group and partly because it’s way more awesomer. I gave him loose pants, tattoos and I went for a sort of parkour vibe because this version has some extra physical abilities.

And he uses crazy trick arrows. Because crazy trick arrows are cool.

I like the idea of a modern Robin Hood but I think one of the things that works with Robin Hood is to remember that he’s on the wrong side of The Law and that he’s cool with that. The most memorable Robin Hoods, I believe, are the stylish and cocky Robin Hoods. This version totally ends with Ollie leading a motorcycle gang.


Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) said...

My three oldest (1 boy, 2 girls) are REALLY intrigued by this guy. My 8 year old wants to know more about your Green Lantern. And these are kids who know nothing but the basics about the originals. Oh, and my oldest thinks your story about the Flash sounds interesting too!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Charlotte! After Wonder Woman I think this version of Green Arrow would be my most fun to write. Of course anything with a circus connection tends to work for me, and I do love a good outlaw story...

Ben Hatke said...

Also I wish I had a bunch of cool tattoos all up my arms just like this guy... :-(

Mishka said...

I was just wondering, are you going to make a design of Robin?

Ben Hatke said...

I was planning on doing a lineup of seven core League members. (Only one to go). Seven seems to be a magic number for team ensembles.

But I've also been toying with the idea of doing a few additional sort of adjunct members. Aquaman would be one of these, as would Black Canary. But I had totally forgotten about Robin!

If I can find time I have an old robin design I can soup up.

Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) said...

You could always pretend! :)

Sean said...

Fabulous. This and MM are by far the best.

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