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Green Arrow #1 (of 12)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 23 critic ratings.

The Emerald Archer is lost, and it will take Oliver Queen’s whole family to find him! But dangerous forces are determined to keep them apart at any cost! Spinning out of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Green Arrow by DC architect Joshua Williamson (Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superman) and artist Sean Izaakse (Thunderbolts) is an action-packed adventure across the DCU that sets the stage for major stories in 2023!

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24 pages
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23 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    I think Williamson cracked the code right out the gate, creating what I would personally say is the best take on these characters since Winick’s departure all those years ago. Put simply, he understands the core appeal of this family: that they are a family.


    I can’t stress enough that I think this is the start of something truly great, and as a massive fan of this corner of DC, it’s so good to see these characters back and working together again. I know this is only the first issue of a limited run, but it’s already reminded me about why I fell in love with this dysfunctional family in the first place. For that, I give my biggest thanks to Williamson and Izaakse.

    Great work, team. Now if you bring back my girl Mia Dearden, then you’ll really make book of the year… for me, at least.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    The Emerald Archer returns in a new series that reintroduces not only him but his supporting cast in a new and exciting way that only Joshua Williamson can deliver (And he really brings his A-Game to this series, despite it being the first issue); So Oliver Queen is lost in some cosmic limbo after the events of Dark Crisis and needs to find his way back home and yes, this plot element has been done before (many times in fact) but I have to give Williamson his props for freshen up this particular factor that it doesn’t come off as predictable but he also succeeded in catching the readers up to speed in recapping Ollie’s past while guiding him into a great future. Roy Harper, Conner Hawke, and Dinah “Black Canary” Lance get the most screen time in this issue which is by no means a horrible thing but the moments they get are just amazing, especially Roy who gets a special moment that will bring tears of joy (**NO SPOILERS**) to whoever’s reading this. Sean Izaakse’s artwork is still sharp as always due to his glamorous breakdowns and the action sequences are just fun to look at. Yes, it’s not the typical Green Arrow book with the main character not interacting with his loved ones nor is he in Star City so with that, I can totally say that this is not another “Fast & Furious” type of story but with Oliver Queen and his supporting cast making such a huge impact, it’s better that those F&F movies in every way. Welcome Back, Green Arrow!

  • 100


    Green Arrow #1 is not quite as miraculous as its cover suggests, but it is a good start. Most of the characters on the cover do not show up in this issue. Instead, the focus is on introducing us to the core of the Arrow family through Oliver Queen’s eyes, as the Emerald Archer finds himself lost in space following the events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    Williamson explains all of this easily, and while the characterization is not as deep as it might be (particularly in the case of Black Canary), he does a fair job of establishing the characters and their history. He also tackles a scene that Roy Harper fans have been awaiting for years. Even if you don’t appreciate the significance of this moment, Williamson makes it accessible and ties it into the bigger story, which seems to suggest how the rest of the extensive ensemble will come into play.

    The artwork is as on-target as the writing. Sean Izaakse’s cover teaser was the appetizer for a seven-course meal of some of the best artwork I’ve seen on a monthly comic in years. The colors of Romulo Fajardo Jr. and letters of Troy Peteri provide the perfect finishes.

    Green Arrow #1 hits the bullsye! If you’re a fan of the Arrow Family, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. And if you aren’t an Arrow Family fan, you’ll be one after reading this issue.

  • 100

    Green Arrow is back in a new ongoing series, and it’s already shaping up to be an all-timer for longtime fans of the Emerald Archer. It’s been a few years since DC had a Green Arrow series on newsstands, though Oliver Queen has kept busy while appearing in titles like Justice League and Checkmate. It seems to be an intentional strategy, so that when a new Green Arrow series launched, fans would have nothing to complain about. While there could be moments where new readers don’t know the whole backstory of characters, Green Arrow #1 manages to give enough subtext that any information lost doesn’t diminish the overall story.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    I loved what Williamson did with Robin and was sad (enraged) to see it end after seventeen issues. But the deftness of his pen and ability to get right into the heart of things while laying down a good enigma meant I never doubted he would kill with Green Arrow. Green Arrow #1 is in solid hands, and there’s talk about using all the GA lore, villains, etc. This is going to be a hot summer, folks. If you were never into the character or got the wrong idea about him watching Arrow on the CW, rush over to your comic shop or Google your fave e-comic site and snatch this one.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    oshua Williamson has been one of the more reliable DC writers since the start of Rebirth first with The Flash and now Superman. DC editorial shrewdly tapped Williamson for the relaunch of Green Arrow.

    Williamson quickly proves a solid choice with this take spanning out of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. Green Arrow is lost in the multiverse while Black Canary, Arsenal and Green Arrow Connor Hawke search for him. Along they run into a new costumed vigilante.
    It’s not a coincidence that some of the better DC titles these days fix major problematic storylines. Jeremy Adams’ final run on The Flash did significant repair work to address all the issues with Heroes in Crisis. It doesn’t take Williamson long to put on his tool belt and patch up one of DC’s all-time worst stories with Cry for Justice. That fix alone is worth checking out the issue and provides a non-forced analogous moment to DC Rebirth #1.
    Williamson isn’t content to stick in the past quickly setting up a fun new conflict with a wide range of possibilities.
    Artist Sean Izaakse makes a strong first impression with especially clean line work, layouts and dynamic action sequences. Izaakse also works in some gorgeous classic pics of the Bronze Age Justice League just for fun.
    Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s crisp color work is always welcome on books as he adds just the right amount of brightness without taking away from more dramatic, darker moments.
    With Williamson’s classic storytelling approach and mindset of delivering something fresh to readers paired with Izaakse’s refreshing artwork, Green Arrow seems poised to be back to the just-read status it was under the Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt Rebirth run.

  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Green Arrow #1 is precisely what I want from the Dawn of DC. Joshua Williamson is tying up loose ends, but in a way that feels fresh and new. The book looks fantastic, has some Rebirth feels, and sets up a mystery that could have big ripples throughout the DCU. Highly Recommended!

  • 93

    Major Spoilers

    As a longtime fanboy nerd, Green Arrow #1 got my eternal devotion for undoing the senseless, toothless, meaningless murder of Lian Harper from Cry For Justice, but the fact that it does so with excellent scripting and note-perfect art (including costumes redesigns for the whole GA fam). There’s a charm here that is sometimes lacking in modern comics, and I really appreciate what these creators have achieved in just one issue.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    One of the most ambitious books to come out of Infinite Frontier and Josh Williamson’s many plot threads set up in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, this new six-issue (for now) series takes the sprawling Green Arrow family and sets them against not the usual arrow-wielding crooks, but potentially against a cosmic conspiracy. Oliver Queen has been one of the major loose ends of the current DCU, lost in time and space when the Justice League returned from Pariah’s trap. But his family, led by Dinah Lance, Roy Harper, and Connor Hawke, have never given up searching for him. As they discuss their next move, Oliver is trapped halfway across the universe in a surreal alien landscape. It’s a nice parallel to how Ollie’s story began—alone on a hostile island—and isolating him once again lets Williamson isolate the story in his head so he can recap his origin and how he became a family man.

    The heart of this issue, though, isn’t with Ollie. It’s with Roy, and his long-awaited reunion with his daughter Lian. Now a young teen, roughly around Damian’s age I would gather, Lian has been popping in and out of the DC books for a while—first as Catwoman’s associate Shoes, and now as the vigilante Cheshire Cat. She keeps a cool, distant exterior—which makes it all the more emotional when we get the moment we’ve been waiting for since 2010. But it’s not long before they’re separated again, as the mysterious power broker pulling Ollie’s strings targets Lian as well. What does Amanda Waller have to do with all of this? Why are there what looks like Manhunters involved? It’s a fascinating, twisty first issue that resembles Lost or The Prisoner in some places—but is grounded in a story of one of the most complex superheroes in the DCU, and the legacy he built. Great first issue.

  • 90

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    A fast-paced debut issue which does all the usual dramatis personae set-up, new costume for all, as well hits the action and intrigue right away. Love the choice of the Manhunters as the foil, but is a Grandmaster or someone else pulling their strings? The art crackles with energy and pairs well with the story. Can’t wait for the next issue. A solid creative effort all around.

  • 90

    Wakizashi's Reviews

    Green Arrow issue #1 is a bright and compelling opening to the series. There is a refreshing focus on family with the creative team not afraid to pull some emotional strings. I’m happy that all the good press convinced me to give this a try. Sean Izaakse’s art is excellent and you can usually rely on Williason to start strong. Let’s hope this becomes an essential read. I’m in for the ride.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An engaging and entertaining premiere issue with a great mystery at its center. The story has some great action, but also some great character moments for both Oliver and Roy. I like how the story leans into the essence of who Oliver is both separate and with his allies. There is a great theme of family running through the issue as well and I look forward to seeing how those elements develop.

    The Art: The visuals are great throughout the issue. I love the environments the characters find themselves in and the action is visually thrilling.

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Well, well, well. Green Arrow #1 is a pleasant surprise. It’s not a surprise that it’s here (we knew it was coming, of course), but it’s a surprise how quickly it sets up a new arc and delivers plenty of action, surprises, and emotion.


    Williamson’s pacing is brisk, the dialog is on-point for all characters involved, and the plot has some wacky developments that instantly get your curiosity engine running.

    To be fair, the issue isn’t all perfect. There’s an action moment with Black Canary where she dismounts her bike and stops a speeding van while she’s standing still, and the choreography doesn’t quite make sense. The pacing is, at times, a little too speedy (*heh*). And more time is spent on the folks looking for Ollie rather than with Ollie.


    Along with Williamson’s super-strong start in this limited series is Sean Izaakse’s super-strong art. The acrobatic action scenes look amazing. Roy gets a slight costume upgrade that some readers will like. And the setting for Ollie’s current location is certainly creative.

    Green Arrow #1 is a super-strong start to the Emerald Archer’s latest adventure with fast-paced action and hard-hitting emotional beats surrounding a Grade A mystery. Green Arrow fans will like this issue a lot.

  • 80


    This was not what I was expecting in a first issue, for both good and ill. On the one hand, it’s a fun story, makes good use of its characters and has some phenomenal art. On the other hand, it’s definitely not the clean cut jumping on point I was hoping for. Oliver’s in some other dimension, with a weird future look. I have no idea what Roy Harper has been up to through all the various reboots and revamps. And I definitely had to do a deep Google dive on what Lian Harper has been up to. It’s all pretty wild. The big emotional reunion between father and daughter is the key moment of the issue, but it lacks a lot of oomph if you’re not fully up to speed on a million different things. And even if you are, it’s still tricky, since Lian was apparently written out of continuity with the New 52, but all the various multiverse weirdness at DC over the past few years have put her back in…but she had amnesia after her “death” and recently showed up in the Catwoman comic, but she wasn’t revealed to be Lian until one of those special issues celebrating Asian superheroes. Like I said, it’s a wild Google ride.

    Wild, but not wholly unlikable. I like Roy Harper. I like when kid sidekicks turn out OK. So it’s still a nice scene to have father and daughter reunited, even if I’m not personally up to speed on all the larger stories. And beyond that, the rest of the issue is pretty fun. Oliver Queen does some great narration setting everything up and introducing our characters. That was fun. And having him and his “granddaughter” Lian on an adventure could be cool. And like I said, the artwork is fantastic. Really strong, traditional superhero artwork, of which I will always be a fan. So we’ve got a lot of good things working in this comic’s favor, even if the continuity and weird ideas are slightly off-putting.

    Not a clean slate, fresh start #1 issue, but strong writing and art make it an engaging issue nonetheless.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Oliver Queen teams up with his ward, Roy Harper’s long lost daughter Lian in some kind of sci-fi, dystopian future overrun by Manhunters that is connected to Dark Crisis (Which I didn’t read). Cool action scenes and flourishes aside (Chainsaw arrow!), Green Arrow #1 hooked me in its wholesome middle/flashback bit where Roy and Lian reunite in the middle of some crime fighting in the streets of Gotham. Joshua Williamson and Sean Izaakse spend this first issue re-establishing a kind of Arrow family and bookend with the weird dystopian hellscape. Williamson leans on text box exposition a lot, but also leaves time for memorable splashes and spreads. Even though it doesn’t really quash the criticism that deep down Green Arrow just rips off Batman, having a family dynamic and high energy visuals from Izaakse and colorist Romulo Fajardo definitely have me interested in future issues.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    A strong, but not perfect, return for Oliver Queen. I’m excited to have Green Arrow back in comic book stores and keen to see just how far Williamson and Izaakse are able to push this new high concept story arc before they bring Oliver back down to Earth.

  • 78

    Comic Watch

    It has been almost four years since DC trusted Oliver Queen to carry his own solo title, and as a grand relaunch, GREEN ARROW #1 falls flat. Joshua Williamson tasked himself with penning a first issue that would marry both Green Arrow’s long history and an easily accessible jumping-on-point for readers fresh to the character, and in his attempt to do both, has wound up doing neither all that well. This isn’t a bad issue by any means, but it struggles under the weight that’s been placed on its shoulders as both a Green Arrow story and a tent pole book for whatever event the Dawn of DC relaunch has been slowly building towards since the end of Dark Crisis.


    There’s still a lot here to enjoy; however, Sean Izaakse’s art is explosive. His visual designs for the lost world Ollie’s been trapped inside and the characters’ are very inspiring. The mystery surrounding said world is also very intriguing, its role in the grander DC narrative intertwining with Amanda Waller’s machinations in a way more significant than expected.

    The opening issue to Williamson’s Green Arrow run sets up an intriguing plot line, wasting no time in setting up a legacy-rich status quo. However, in that rush, the book loses its hooks and impact. It’s not a Green Arrow book built off of a bonafide Green Arrow story, but instead one directly intertwined with the future of DC. It’s the beginning of a run that lacks anything deeper at a plot level than fan service and plot promise, but nonetheless, with time it could go somewhere very interesting. With time, this first issue rush could be rectified, but as it stands now, this book is a jumbled mess.

  • 78

    Zona Negativa

  • 77

    Graphic Policy

    Green Arrow #1 is good and fun in a popcorn sort of way. It’s a story that feels like it’s made for comics with such an over the top history and current situation. There’s a pop sense about it, with a little bit of a feel like it’s a throwback to old school serials in its concept and in some ways its execution as well. While the debut doesn’t quite nail it in execution, it does deliver a fun read that’ll entice you to come back for more.

  • 73

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    After being so far removed from a solid Green Arrow comic, I was so looking forward to an action-packed, thrill ride involving a DC classic. However, fans will leave wondering where Green Arrow is, what the point of the story was, and what direction the series is even going in. Now, I could be speaking for many others out of turn for saying this but we didn’t really need any other characters in this comic other than Oliver and possibly Dinah. We didn’t need a team book with Oliver. Heck, we just needed a bit more… Oliver!

    Where was his dynamic disposition? Where was that intensity we’ve all grown to love? Fans get a bit of the thrill junky in the small tidbits we see of Oliver. However, with the focus on his family searching for him, we get very little sense of his social beliefs and political vigor that he’s developed throughout the years. Nevertheless, that could be a good thing too! Overall, Green Arrow #1 was a hard issue to get behind as an opener because it lacked the hook and inventive buy-in as well as the attributes that make a solid Green Arrow comic. Could it get better? Of course! But fans will have to rely more on faith than what their eyes can see after issue one.

  • 70

    Graham Crackers Comics

    New creative team, new series, new issue number one. I’ve seen this one over and over again. Ironically, Some of Oliver Queen’s first words are “Oh Hell No. Not Again!” Which proves that writer Joshua Williamson gets it. Green Arrow is one of those characters that has always been hard to spin off into his own series no matter how much the fan’s demand it. Whether it was back ups in 1970’s Action Comics or the multitude of mini-series from the 1980’s, But the truth is that whether he was road tripping with Hal Jordan or making chili with Barry Allen, Green Arrow was always one of my favorites and I’m always willing to give him a chance. My main concern here is that the crew here seems to have multidimensional plans for the Green Arrow family and the only time that ever worked is when the Stargirl Spring Break Special revealed that the Golden Age Green Arrow and Speedy were a time lost Oliver and Roy. Hopefully, Williamson has a plan but for now, I’ll just sit back and enjoy Sean Izaakse’s art (especially in the flashback scenes!).

  • 65

    Comic Book Revolution

    Green Arrow #1 is a continuity heavy first issue. Joshua Williamson and Sean Izaakse certainly do their best to try to make this a new reader friendly first issue. That proves easier said than done. The big family reunion certainly lifts up what would’ve otherwise been a story that struggled with how to get over the Green Arrow franchise now dealing with the Multiverse. The second issue will need to do a lot of work to strengthen the foundation created by Green Arrow #1.

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