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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 221

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a neat Green Arrow moment from JLA #9…

JLA #9 was the second part of a two-parter, courtesy of writer Grant Morrison and artist Oscar Jimenez. The gist of the story is that the Key and some evil robots have placed the Justice League into this contraption that “traps” their minds in various outlandish scenarios (mostly take-offs on popular alternate versions of the heroes, like Aquaman in his blue costume, Wonder Woman in her “Diana Prince” days, etc.) with the idea that he will somehow harness the energy it takes from them to wake up from these powerful dreams to open up an inter-dimensional doorway that will give him lots of power. Meanwhile, the new Green Arrow (son of the previous Green Arrow) has shown up for final testing before he becomes the newest member of the Justice League. He finds himself in the Watchtower fighting the Key and his evil robots, but all he has to use to fight is his father’s old quiver of arrows (that he found in a trophy room after his own quiver was destroyed).

That was a lot of exposition, but hey, it’s a great scene, so enjoy!

Flash is the first hero to escape from the device, and we learn why (as I mentioned before) that’s a GOOD thing for the Key…

Morrison has some fun with Kyle’s dream and then we get to the clincher…

What a great moment – knocked him out with a boxing glove arrow!

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Same pages again !
I’m excited to see how this moment turns out : |

My favorite scene from this story is when Connor decides he HAS to use his dad’s arrows and says, “You’re going to be the death of me dad.”

Also the “How about just one! Pointed! Arrow! Dad!” line is great.

I remember this issue. Some great stuff. “How about just one POINTED ARROW DAD!” still makes me chuckle. Now, if we could just get the rest of the scene up here so we can see the finale (also good stuff as I recall). You know Brian, this repeat panel thing is starting to become a habit, tsk tsk.

“Nintendo has a lot to answer for.”

I love that line.

Why does he call his dad “Ollie”. I don’t call my dad “Wade” when I’m fighting robots?

Great run, great storyline because of all the cool homages/alternate realities displayed, but I dislike the particular moment because it has DC’s worst Mary Sue of the 90s Connor Hawke. Ugh. So hate that character. He was Daken before there was a Daken. Only less interesting.

Conner called him Ollie, becuase he is his father not his dad, he was more of a dad to speedy and we know how that turned out. Conner did no meet ollie till shortly before his death, he may have taken on the mantle, but he does not have the personal relationship and history to call him dad.

Kyle’s modified costume always reminded me of the “All your base are belong to us” guy for some reason.

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Loved these issues. Despite Connor’s lack of confidence, Morrison gave you complete faith in him through the story.

Also loved the Morrisonian spin on imaginary stories. The apocalyptic future Batman was fun, and we got to see Superman as the Green Lantern of Krypton (and I’m amazed that concept was never explored before this story).

I thought I would have needed some exposition before checking this out, but the exposition’s already there on the first few pages. Wow, exposition is silly to read some times.

The previous Morrison penned JLA moments shown in past moments have been alright but given that I’m not a fan of a lot of DC characters and that these take place during Supes’ electrical stage I never really had a burning desire to collect them.. until now. Is the Morrison run (first 41 issues?) worth getting if you’re not a regular JLA/JSA fan?

Is the Morrison run (first 41 issues?) worth getting if you’re not a regular JLA/JSA fan?

Yes.

This is my favourite storyline in Morrison’s JLA. With most of the longer JLA story arcs he started to ramble at some point, just doing one idea and then the next idea and then the next idea, without yoo much coherence between those ideas, so the longer stories tended to lose their dramatic tension at some point. But with the one and two-issue stories he (by default) had to make the plots tighter and make them have a better dramatic arc… And I think this story has the perfect balance between Morrisonesque flow of ideas and a tight plotting. You have all those parallel realities, which are very cool in themselves, but they aren’t just thrown in there because they’re cool, you have The Key’s brilliant plot (which is built upon The Key realizing how stories always end in the superhero genre, therefore making his plot metafictional in more than one sense) to justify them, and in the end the parallel realities bleed together beautifully. And then you have Green Arrow Jr.’s subplot, which works as a dramatic glue that ties it all together, and which provides the finale (which is also partly metafictional, as it is the victory of Silver Age goofiness over 1990s grittiness). I wish more of Morrison’s JLA stories had been as perfectly crafted as this one.

antoher moment that showed grant knew how to handel the big guns and loved how freaky kyle nightmare was thinking he was made of anti matter. and the key winding up being taken down by of all things a trick arrow .

Oh yeah, one more thing that makes this story better than the others in Morrison’s JLA run: you don’t have to look at Howard Porter’s ugly human figures. I wish Jimenez had done more JLA stories than this one, he’s clearly better than Porter.

Is it just me, or does this seem like a bit of a warm up for “Batman: RIP”?

Oh yeah, one more thing that makes this story better than the others in Morrison’s JLA run: you don’t have to look at Howard Porter’s ugly human figures. I wish Jimenez had done more JLA stories than this one, he’s clearly better than Porter.

Jimenez sadly couldn’t handle deadlines.

Porter was remarkably consistent with deadlines for a top comic book artist (not to say that I don’t prefer Jimenez to Porter as well, as I do, just saying that Jimenez was not a viable replacement).

I really, really love the “How about just one! Pointed! Arrow! Dad!” line. It’s one of those choice bits of dialogue that sticks with you over the years, like “He isn’t Alec Holland. He never was.” Or “There’s nothing wrong with the Joker that I can’t fix with my hands.” Or “The only difference is that they don’t have to get the H-bomb laid every once in a while.” Or “It’s NOT A COMIC! IT’S MY LIFE!”

My favorite part of this great story arc had to be the part with the NAZI ZOMBIES. That was kickass.

This whole run is like a chain reaction of Cool Comic Book Moments.

“Nintendo has a lot to answer for.”

“Sure. See you at the finish line.” Man, Morrison is just such an amazing writer. Flash and Arrow had one line in that sequence, from (another) series I’ve never read, and I already have a solid sense of their relationship.

I remember when Morrison’s New X-Men came out, I was stubornly opposed to it for a long while (I wasn’t even a teenager yet, I don’t think), and then finally on a plane ride I decided to take my brother’s entire collection (every existing issue so far) to read. I read the first two issues and was hooked, I probably read about 30 issues within a few hours on that plane ride. It remains one of the most immersive comics-reading experience of my life. He makes you truly believe the mindset of any character he’s writing.

Anyway, enough nostalgia, we now return to JLA!

Wow. Alright I’m gonna buy these. I just scored the full run of Suicide Squad because of all the moments and related comments posted here. I think A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments is gonna make me broke.

First the heresy: I’m not a Morrison fan. I didn’t like “Rock of Ages,” or his New X-Men. That said: This story is awesome; probably my favorite from his JLA run. What I especially like here is his acceptance that the Silver Age was goofy, but guess what — we’re going to run with it anyway, because it was cool. (I also like the fact that the boomerang arrow actually looks like it might have some engineering theory behind it, rather than just being a stick with a tiny green boomerang stuck on the end.)

Morrison revitalized the JLA by bringing back the iconic “Big Seven.” So where are they now?

Superman- Replaced my Mon El
Batman – Dead
Martian Manhunter – Dead
Aquaman – Dead
Flash – Replaced by Barry
Green Lantern – Replaced by Hal
Wonder Woman – Still around

To be fair, Morrison killed Batman and Martian Manhunter himself. And Kyle is still a Green Lantern, he’s just not the Green Lantern anymore.

This storyline made me want to read Connor’s solo stories. While not as awesome as Morrison’s take on the character (on display in “Rock of Ages” as well), I really enjoyed the Dixon books.

You could do an entire year on Morrison’s 1st 16 issues of JLA. My favorite was “Joker, STOP!” during RofA. What fun comics!

I’ve always loved the panel of Connor drawing back an arrow with frigging HANDCUFFS on the end of it while he thinks “I must remain calm.” Just a great juxtaposition.

Great art from Oscar Jimenez. Whatever happened to him?

I believe he’s still around, Dan, just using a different name.

Would that be “Oscar Jimenez Garrido”? A quick look at google has one page that calls him that

“How about just one! Pointed! Arrow! Dad!”

Conner, you’re in a Grant Morrison story. Of course there aren’t going to be any fucking pointed arrows!

“Jimenez sadly couldn’t handle deadlines.

Porter was remarkably consistent with deadlines for a top comic book artist (not to say that I don’t prefer Jimenez to Porter as well, as I do, just saying that Jimenez was not a viable replacement).”

I wish he had been able to, I probably would’ve enjoyed the title a lot more. Porter’s art eventually turned me off the series.

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