latest Green Arrow graphic novel Heading
into the Light opens with someone unknown,
but obviously a super-villain, blowing up the house of Oliver
Queen (alias Green Arrow). Queen is shocked and outraged to
realise that someone has discovered his secret identity.
this a little odd? Isn't his so-called "secret identity" in
fact quite rubbish? How many men have a ridiculously over-the-top
blond goatee beard and moustache along with that trademark
well-groomed blond hair? Even an average member of the public
could work this one out!
ever notices Green Arrow's facial hair because they're too
busy laughing at his green tights. And no one ever pays much
attention to Oliver Queen's facial hair because they're fully
occupied sniggering at this surname.
though, I believe this is known as hiding in plain sight.
Anyone trying to work out Green Arrow's secret identity will
most likely look for someone who doesn't look much like Green
Arrow at all. They might assume that his real hair is a different
colour and that the beard is fake. It will not occur to most
people that the blond-haired Oliver Queen is really the super-hero.
Surely Green Arrow would have a better disguise than that,
they will think. Maybe Queen (huh huh, Queen!) is just
copying the look made famous by Green Arrow.
perhaps Oliver enhances his disguise by being really crap
at darts whenever he goes down the pub!