Yep. That Kevin Smith. Same guy who did Dogma and Clerks up and decided to write a graphic novel. All you fans of the movies can rejoice, because his book reads just like his movie scripts: it’s funny, it’s cerebral, it’s irreverent, and it’s deeply, deeply satisfying.
This is actually the second Kevin Smith Green Arrow graphic novel, a follow-up to Green Arrow: Quiver. The hero is The Green Arrow, a superhero with a viscous shooting ability, though no supernatural talents. The Green Arrow has been with DC Comics since the 1940s, but he’s never been mega-popular like Superman or Wonder Woman. Yet Kevin Smith managed to take this lesser character and create a book that proved extremely popular with comics fans.
But this is the great part: you don’t have to be a hardcore comics reader to like this book. You don’t need a lifetime habit of reading DC Comics to like Sounds of Violence. All you need is an appreciation of clever writing and enjoyable illustrations.
At the start of Sounds of Violence, Ollie, a.k.a. the Green Arrow, is dealing with ordinary domestic problems: can he convince his protégé Mia to get to school on time? How can he bond with his newfound adult son Connor? Should he call his ex, the ravishing superhero Black Canary? These mundane questions evaporate when an unknown villain shoots Connor in the head. Until the very end of the book Connor’s fate remains up in the air, and even when he recovers at the story’s resolution, the villain remains at large, despite a gory climactic confrontation with the Green Arrow. Though the illustrators’ bold colors and clean artistic renderings make the frequent violence especially realistic, the most disturbing scenes revolve around the emotional trauma suffered by Connor’s family as they wait to see if he’ll live or die. It’s not for the squeamish, but it’s a fun book if you don’t mind seeing violence and some PG-13 sex.