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Green Arrow #3 (of 12)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.

Arsenal and Black Canary versus Peacemaker and the new Peacewrecker! While Arsenal and Black Canary’s quest for answers has sent them into danger, Green Arrow is lost in time and space-but at least he’s not alone now. Two members of the Green Arrow family join Oliver Queen in the last place you’d expect!

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
27 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0C74Y7X2X

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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    There’s a group of writers at DC now — Waid, Adams, Taylor, Johns where if you see their name on a title you know it’s going be good, fun and all the other reasons you got into comics whether two weeks or three decades ago.

    Joshua Williamson is clearly among that elite writer crew and along with artist Sean Izaakse have already shot Green Arrow back to must-read territory.

    (…)

    This creative team is hitting on all marks for one of DC’s best titles.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    We’ve watched comics spend decades playing divide and conquer in numerous storylines. It’s so refreshing to find the current run here powered by family commitment and good old-fashioned villain-busting. It’s more rare to have a comic book about an urban vigilante without powers embroiled in a huge conspiracy with cosmic-level consequences. That’s a risk that might alienate some. I hope not. The core of the tale is the same. Green Arrow, trying to stick it to the Man as best he knows how. In Green Arrow #3, it’s the broader powers of Waller and forces beyond, a classic David and Goliath story. That is what Ollie has always been fighting.

    Get this issue. Root for Team Arrow, or at the very least, Cheshire Cat. She rocks.

  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    Readers get some much-needed answers and clues regarding what’s happened to Green Arrow. It’s a lot to digest for longtime DC superfans, but the main story maintains its focus on the Green Arrow family. Luckily, there isn’t a long wait between emotional reunions each issue, and there’s no way to predict where the story will head next.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Yes, this issue answers many questing regarding Green Arrow’s current predicament in the dimension that he’s trapped in and yes, it can be a lot for longtime GA fans to take in, many because this has been done before- many, many times! But I digress. The great interactions that Connor Hawke and Lian (Roy Harper’s daughter) have are pure and genuine. And since I’m not giving away the ending (**NO SPOILERS**), let’s just say that 90s babies will go crazy over it so with that, you’ll be waiting to see what comes next and yes, it’s still a perfect time to be a Green Arrow fan.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Do I even gotta say it? This issue of Green Arrow absolutely fried my brain with how much it feels it was made specifically to appeal to me. How often can you say that a book comes around about a character (or characters) you love, and not only is it exactly what you wanted to read, it still manages to one-up your expectations by dropping a bombshell like this issue did on your lap. I thought I had this whole thing mapped out from the onset, but boy have I never been more glad to be proven wrong. This book was already a contender for favorite of mine for the year, but if this keeps up… man, I don’t even know what I’ll think. Hats off to you guys – keep it up!

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This book has been bringing some long-forgotten plots, some DC might have even wanted to run away from, back into continuity. Keep an eye on Roy’s scenes for a surprising reference. This is easily the best Green Arrow book since Ben Percy’s Rebirth run.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Williamson delivers some fantastic action and adventure in this issue. The mystery at the heart of the story is entertaining and adds layers and drama to Oliver’s journey. I love the twists within the story and how the story changes because of them. The fight between Roy and Peacemaker was good, but I still have a blasé attitude towards Peacemaker and his recent appearances. The twist towards the end of the issue was great and makes me look forward to what comes next.

    The Art: Izaakse delivers some fantastic visuals throughout the issue. I love the gritty visual elements of Roy and Dinah’s investigation and how they complement the bright future Oliver finds himself in.

  • 83

    Multiversity Comics

    DC’s latest “Green Arrow” series continues to carefully plot a story between several different characters in the world of Oliver Queen. Heroes like Connor Hawke are finally given pivotal moments that strengthen older relationships within DC. While Williamson is using a sense of mystery in this series to build up mystique, he started to give some answers towards the direction of the plot in this issue. Izaakse’s art makes for a great companion to the more science-fiction-esque nature of the story in the issue. DC’s current “Green Arrow” title is working on reestablishing Oliver Queen and his supporting cast in the context of the DC Universe with lots of heart.

  • 80

    Graham Crackers Comics

    After the appearance of the Peacemakers last issue, I really thought we were going to go off the rails and lose focus. Luckily Joshua Williamson manages to keep on track. And once again, we get a great bunch of cameos including a new look at the Legion of Super-Heroes. The truth is revealed including who did this to the Arrow family and it’s not who you think. Good story, good art, a little complicated but worth the read.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Green Arrow really hits its stride with issue #3. An emotional turning point for its lead character but also for the reader as we now find ourselves clued in on what is going on with Oliver. A huge jumping off point for a story which appears to be key to DC’s future storytelling.

  • 70

    Henchman-4-Hire

    Even though the plot is really, really wild, this remains a well-written and excellently drawn series that makes great use of the characters involved. I can forgive transforming the comic book Peacemaker into just his James Gunn version, because Williamson nails the tone and the scene where he and Roy have a shooting contest is just dumb enough to be fun. It works for both characters, especially with Black Canary and Peacewrecker rolling their eyes at the whole thing. It’s just a fun, silly scene that totally worked for me.

    The Green Arrow scenes also worked. I don’t have any connection to Connor Hawke, so his reunion with his father means little to me on a personal level. But I can what’s happening, and the fact that the Legion of Super-Heroes are just standing around for it all is kinda funny. But we’ve got a better understanding of what’s happening, and it totally works to propel the movie forward. It’s just really, really weird. So Amanda Waller has the technology to create little baubles that can be inserted into a person that causes them to be launched through time and space anytime they get close to another bauble? That’s insane. And it’s insane that this was the answer to keeping the family apart to prevent the Great Disaster. And it’s insane that this is only the third issue. This storyline is wild.

    But the character writing is strong enough, and the artwork is excellent enough, to make this a very readable comic.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    Green Arrow is regaining some footing in the course of things. Its nice to see that happen, but Williamsons series seems far too connected to Green Arrows earlier exploits to feel like its truly exploring new territory with the character. Throwing the character into a strange relationship with time and space is a nice step in the right direction, but Williamson needs to find something a bit more engaging if the premise is going to live up to its potential.

  • 65

    Comic Book Revolution

    The enjoyment of Green Arrow #3 will vary on how much knowledge of the Green Arrow Family that you have. The continuity heavy nature of the story does cause some pacing issues. But thanks to solid character arcs for Oliver Queen and Lian Harper along with a cool twist ending there is enough here to be interested in continuing to read more.

  • 63

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Green Arrow #3 provides fans with some subtle direction but limits its potential by leaving out too many key components to the story. Why should we care about future “bad” events when we don’t know what they are, how bad they are, how they are caused, and specifically who caused them? It’s too vague and too open-ended for anyone to grab onto. Therefore, it’s hard to get behind this story and become invested.

    Additionally, we don’t know necessarily how and why Waller is involved nor do we know how and why Ollie jumps to where he does. There are simply too many moving pieces without specific answers to make Green Arrow #3 a viable story. Who’s the antagonist? Well… we don’t know. What are we trying to stop from happening? Well… we don’t know. Why exactly are we jumping through time? Well… we don’t know. Readers, you need direction in a story and we simply don’t have it. Three issues in… come on. I hate to say it, but if this story doesn’t turn around quickly, this Green Arrow rival will be short-lived.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Green Arrow #3 goes a long way toward explaining why the Arrow family is separated, why/how the random teleportations are happening, and the justification behind it all. Unfortunately, this is a case where the answer is less satisfying than you hoped. Williamson has time to make it make sense, but this issue feels like a step back for the series.

  • 30

    Razorfine

    The only thing that works in the issue is a separate interaction between Roy Harper and Peacemaker testing their skills (although the actual competition takes place mostly off-panel). Yeesh.

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