Shado takes center stage in re-release of classic Green Arrow story arc

Shado–one of the best supporting DC Comics characters in the 75-year history of Green Arrow–is again front-and-center in this week’s re-release of the classic 1990s storyline, in trade paperback for the first time.  Green Arrow: The Hunt for the Red Dragon, reprints Green Arrow Issues #63-72, featuring long-time story writer Mike Grell with artwork by Rick Hoberg and inks by John Nyberg.

When a man appears with a gift for Oliver Queen, he leaves Dinah back in Seattle and takes off for Japan in search of a woman with a red dragon tattoo, his ex-lover and foe, Shado.  The gift?  The very same film prop bow used by Errol Flynn in the 1938 film classic, The Adventures of Robin Hood, a film with special meaning for Queen.  But what is behind the gift, and why this mission to give Shado a large sum of money?  After Queen finds Shado they both discover a darker plot, and a villain ripped from the pages of the national crime news in the early 1990s.


Shado was created by Mike Grell and first appeared in Grell’s landmark series Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters.  A modified version of the character appeared in CW’s Arrow.

One of the better subplots in the long Mike Grell run on the Green Arrow series, this run featured notable artwork, characters, and action sequences by Hoberg and Nyberg.  Grell also painted some of his best covers for the story arc, incorporating Shado and her trademark tattoo. Reprints of all of the covers are included in the new trade edition.

Make sure to pick up a copy this Wednesday, May 17, 2017, of Green Arrow: The Hunt for Red Dragon, Volume 8 of what is known as the second Green Arrow series in new trade editions, from Elite Comics, your own local comic book store, or pre-order it here at Amazon.

C.J. Bunce

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