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Green Arrow #4 (of 12)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

PARALLAX RETURNS!

Years ago, Oliver Queen died and was resurrected by his good ol’ buddy Hal Jordan. But it wasn’t really Hal, it was Parallax. And did no one think that would come with a cost?! Now Parallax has returned to collect! Meanwhile, Arsenal and Black Canary’s search for Oliver Queen leads them to a long-lost Green Arrow family member…who isn’t so happy to be found!

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
28 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CH1JT4V1

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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    If every issue of Green Arrow was this good, I’d want as many Green Arrow titles as there are Batman titles and yes, the wait for this issue was well, well worth it. The issue finally sees the confrontation between Oliver and Parallax Hal that not only is so true to Green Arrow as a character, but is also used perfectly to drop a major piece of information to the plot that takes the story even deeper. Williamson has an incredible grasp of the characters he’s working with and it’s obvious, not only in how he is writing the, but in the bits and pieces he pulls from their pasts as part of crafting this story. The art is fantastic, too, feeling both modern and retro with a strong 90s edge to it. Paired with the story, you get something that feels like a throwback for long-time readers and fans of Green Arrow while also being new enough for those who haven’t had a chance to truly take in this character. It’s just so very, very, very good.

  • 100

    AIPT

    Need I even say that I loved this issue? This has been my favorite DC book – hell, my favorite Big Two book this entire year. Batman may be my number 1 favorite for life, but man, I just have such a huge soft spot for Oliver Queen. This book is just a perfect take on the character and forms an amazing story full of adventure and respect for the past and future of the character. I really can’t give a better endorsement than that, can I?

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Oliver Queen vs. Parallax!! That’s something one would never dream would happen in 2023; I mean, if this was the ’90s then I would love to have read about this while drinking a can of Mello Yello, listening to either The Smashing Pumpkins or Cypress Hill while waiting for “Martin” to come on (Okay, Okay…..a guy can go wild with the past); The confrontation between Ollie and Parallax Hal is so magnificent while being used as a plot element to make the story more engaging. Joshua Williamson really knows how to get into the heads of the characters he writes about by taking certain pieces of their past to tell a story like this one but the most diehard G.A. fans will enjoy this throwback issue. In contrast, new fans might get a kick out of the extensive history of Green Arrow.

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    Green Arrow has been a solid read for DC since this run got started. It seems like Williamson is about to reveal some significant plot points next issue based on the cliffhanger, which should make for another exciting installment.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    I do think this series has such a high level of ambition that it can be hard to juggle all the characters and timelines, but I think Williamson handles the task as well as he possibly can. It helps that he’s one of the few writers in a long time to really capture Ollie’s unique chaotic energy, as well as the fact that he’s using so many great deep cuts from DC continuity. This title is really one that needed the expansion to twelve issues—and it deserves it too.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Green Arrow #4 continues to prove why this title is one of DC’s big winners, especially in this Dawn of DC era that’s absolutely soaked in an embarrassing wealth of amazing comics.

  • 83

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Williamson crafts an entertaining story in this issue and fills it with great character moments and action. I love the history of the dynamic between Hal and Oliver and how that dynamic changes and evolves. I love how Oliver manipulates the situation as well as Parallax throughout the issue and the B story with Dinah and Roy is great as well.

    The Art: Izaakse delivers great action throughout the issue. The imagery is beautifully detailed and I love the final page of the issue.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    It’s take a little while for Green Arrow to win me over. Its high-concept setting is unique for a character who normally exists to fight street level crime unless he’s with the Justice League. But Williams’ capable storytelling and its robust emotional foundations continue to drive home what is one of DC’s most compelling solo series.

  • 80

    Caped Joel

  • 80

    Graham Crackers Comics

    At least Dawn of DC has this title to fall back on. Even though we know that Ollie is not dealing with the real Hal Jordan/Parallax, Joshua Williamson really makes you want to believe it. And even when the truth is revealed, you can’t help but wonder how much of the real Hal Jordan rubbed off on this creature. And with various members of the Arrow family bouncing arounf in time and space looking for clues as to why Oliver Queen couldn’t stay with his family, the story keeps on track and interesting. And Sean Izaakse really knows how to draw multiple flashbacks! This is what the Dawn of DC should be.

  • 78

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Green Arrow #4 felt like it had so much potential with the reintroduction of Parallax as well as the time travel component of the story. However, the easy tropes almost handcuffed the issue and took away from what could have been a pretty epic installment. Readers will figure out who is behind the time jumps as well as a generic why. But, they won’t know how exactly it was all set up nor will they know how Ollie even made contact with Parallax in order to orchestrate this entire premise represented in Green Arrow #4.

    Again, as I stated above in the review, even with the tropes and skimming of pertinent information, Williamson’s run is still entertaining. This is why I’m still holding out hope for this series to really hit its stride. Right now, it’s starting to flatline. I thought the Parallax introduction would have elevated the story more than it did. But sadly, it was in and out before you knew it. Hopefully, the cliffhanger will shed some much-needed light on events while also elevating the intensity and action of Williamson’s Green Arrow run.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Green Arrow #4 gives readers excellent art (except for the costume redesigns), cool character moments, and a cathartic fight. That said, the plot centers around a mystery with no clues and no believability, so the entire journey is just plain boring.

  • 60

    Comic Book Revolution

    The deeper we are getting with this intro Multiverse arc for Green Arrow the more the ambition is showing to be to great for the story to handle. There are a lot of cool elements, such as the Legion of Super Heroes and Parallax usage, but the story is just not hitting with Oliver Queen at the center. Hopefully the way Green Arrow #4 ended will be a sign this story will finally start having positive progress forward rather than going in circles.

  • 47

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