Hello, it’s your old pal Justin (note: it is acceptable if you do not consider us old pals). Something in the world of superhero comics commentary has been gnawing at me for a while, but I sort of missed my original window of opportunity to talk about it. Now that the character is back in the news again (well, comic book news anyway, or, if you prefer an in-universe source, perhaps in Newstime), I thought I might as well ask.
Can somebody explain to me, slowly and backed up with math if you can provide it, why exactly the name “Red Arrow” in considered such an abomination by comics fandom.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as though I’m in love with the name or anything. But I mean, you’ve got a guy called Green Arrow, his sidekick used to dress in red, and he’s a grown-up now, so he’s Red Arrow. I have to say, this sounds perfectly acceptable to me.
Do people miss the name “Arsenal”? I could get that … even though the name has that kind of 90s Image-y sort of ring to it, it’s no “Bloodaxe” or anything. I’m not that familiar with the character, but the deal at the time is that he used all sorts of weapons and wasn’t beholden to using arrows, right? It signifies a very practical sort of superhero; a man who is prepared for whatever job is at hand. But I’m not sure.
I just thought I would ask the question, because I haven’t really seen it examined anywhere. I’m not fixin’ to start a fight or anything; again, I don’t think it’s a great superhero name, but I don’t think it’s terrible, either. I don’t quite understand why “Green Arrow” gets a pass and “Red Arrow” is met with contempt.
And in the interest of being constructive … is there a better name we could call this guy?