Green Arrow #17

Green Arrow #17

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 6, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Welcome the new team of writer JEFF LEMIRE and artist ANDREA SORRENTINO!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 6, 2013

    Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino have arrived to change everything you know about Green Arrow in the New 52. With a new creative team, this is the perfect jumping on point for all readers. There is mention to what has happened to Ollie so far in the New 52 but with the direction of the story, everything you need to know to move forward is present. Lemire and Sorrentino add a different feel to the character and the action and suspense is remarkable. Things may not be looking good for Ollie as he is now in the middle of something possibly bigger than he's prepared to handle but it's looking great for readers and fans of the character. This is Green Arrow as you want to see him. This is definitely going to be a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Feb 6, 2013

    That being said, Green Arrow #17 is an absolute flawless debut. Lemire and Sorrentino are laying the framework for a masterful, unforgettable Green Arrow story for the ages. Rest assure, this is something special and youd be doing yourself a disservice by not reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Feb 8, 2013

    Green Arrow #17 could be the start of the definitive Green Arrow story. Everything about it is great. I mean, EVERYTHING. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 5, 2013

    This was an outstanding issue, and one of the best Green Arrow issues I've ever read. I really hope that the series stays at this level, as the character deserves it as well as the fans, and I have every faith that Lemire won't disappoint. I would easily recommend this issue to anyone as apart from being brilliant it's also the perfect starting of point for any new readers, or Green Arrow fans that left the series due to the poor quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Feb 6, 2013

    Fast-paced and full of brand new mystery, Green Arrow is destined to be the newest hit among DCs stable, a development that should put longtime fans and recent critics immediately at ease. It is a testament to the companys commitment to taking risks and trying new things that the Emerald Archer was given one last chance to shine, rather than joining some of his allies in the cancellation pile. The risk-taking completely paid off here. Green Arrow is a book, once again, that I can be proud to add to my pull list. Next months installment cant come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Feb 7, 2013

    Of course, this is a flawed argument as well, as creators need time to work on their books and gain traction, and it is only through the flops of the past two creative teams that this one was allowed to take the book in such a radically different place. So, in a weird way, thanks JT Krul and Ann Nocenti for not knowing how to write Oliver Queen. Your mistakes paved the path for this book, and for that, we are all thankful. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Feb 6, 2013

    "Green Arrow" #17 is the sort of issue that welcomes new Green Arrow fans and demands their attention. When an old character can be repurposed in a new manner with such a clean effect, it deserves to garner some attention. It's nice to see this book succeed with a new direction through the art, action and grounded crime element. This is the turn old fans of the character have been waiting for since the New 52 launched. Lemire and Sorrentino have made "Green Arrow" finally matter. Dive right in and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Feb 10, 2013

    Green Arrow has floundered since the New 52 reboot (and had been floundering for years beforehand as well), but the simple announcement of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino to this book showed a certain resolve to right the ship. We're only one issue in, but already the title feels far more interesting than I can remember it being in recent memory. It looks like these two gentlemen may have hit the sweet spot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Jo Lewis Feb 7, 2013

    It was broke but DC has fixed it – this one hits the bullseye. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Feb 9, 2013

    What's most refreshing here is what Lemire and Sorrentino do with the status quo, not just specific to Green Arrow, but as a genre trope. Usually the first issue of a new run introduces us to new players, and they all have obvious roles. Ongoing fiction usually unfolds like a sort of game, with characters conforming to certain sets of rules. The superhero genre particularly leans on this, mostly because it's a good way to maintain familiarity with a readership that's constantly in flux. The first issue of this new run of Green Arrow seems to be saying, in effect, there is no status quo, characters are expendable. I don't know how long this series is going to stay on edge like this, but for now Green Arrow proves to be an exhilarating read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Feb 7, 2013

    New readers will feel at home with this issue and I think it's a great issue for people to jump in with. Pick it up, read it, read it again, and then read it a third time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jay Mattson Feb 10, 2013

    Green Arrow #17 fulfills all of these expectations. Lemire's steady plotting paired with Andrea Sorrentino's equally organic artwork result in the best issue of Green Arrow yet, by leaps and bounds. New villain Komodo is as fun to read as he is a danger to Ollie. And stripping Ollie of all his previous amenities"like friends, money, a reputation, fame, technology"will force him to prove that it's the person behind the mask that makes the hero. "The Kill Machine" starts off in an excellent way and only points to better character development for Oliver Queen going forward. It's been said that one does not really know what one is capable of until one is desperate enough. Ollie understood this once, and Jeff Lemire is now in a position to teach the Emerald Archer this lesson all over again. Sign me up for that class! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Feb 6, 2013

    Overall Lemire and company introduce a compelling scenario to the Green Arrow mythos, especially the New 52 version. Using the classic trope of "The Fall" we get to see a spoiled and entitled Ollie lose everything on his path to becoming a hero, made all the more interesting by the fact that he is already a superhero at the start of the story. So one can only assume this quest will make him a better one, or at least bring him in line with the more familiar take on the Emerald Archer. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Feb 10, 2013

    This book gave us new readers may answers as to what has happened in the past, however it also gave us many questions for what will happen to Oliver in the future. I left this issue with so many questions, which is a very good thing by the way. I am really curious as to what will happen to Oliver, as well as what was supposed to be his destiny. Lemire has a game plan here, and I really can't wait for it to all unfold. So, it looks like I will be in this for the long run then. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 6, 2013

    Sorrentino delivers a bold, strikingly designed issue full of dramatic angles, powerful figures, and a heavy interplay between light, shadow, and color. Color especially is a huge focus, and I love how certain panels fade to black and white at key moments. There's no substitute for a comic where one artist handles the pencils, inks, and colors all on their own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Feb 7, 2013

    I don't watch Arrow on TV. I haven't read much of Justice League whileOliver has been on the team. But despite not knowing much about thecharacter, I was able to dive in the series and overall really enjoyit. I think Marvel's Hawkeye is a better book, but in terms of a solidfirst issue on a DC title, Green Arrow is a winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 7, 2013

    If you've been a fan of the title up till now, I suspect you'll be nonplussed to discover all you've invested in has been practically wiped away. If you're a newcomer, you'll appreciate the possibilities introduced in the issue, though none ripen here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Victor Correa Feb 9, 2013

    This is a great start for the new creative team and I am looking forward to the rest of the series with giddy excitement. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Feb 10, 2013

    As good as this issue is, it's just a taste of what is to come. Lemire needs to delve deeper into the mystery of Komodo and why he wanted to utterly destroy Ollie's world. Hopefully, Green Arrow will come out of this arc the hero he was always meant to be. Judging from the first issue, this is the goal. Why DC didn't just make this issue a new #1 is a bit mindboggling, as that would have served as an invitation back to readers who abandoned ship when the book derailed early on. DC needs to learn that they must get their core characters right the first time, especially with those appearing successfully in other media, because a writer with the chops of a Jeff Lemire won't be there every time to bail them out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Danielle Luaulu Feb 11, 2013

    Honestly, I'm so biased against the terrible writing of Ann Nocenti that literally anyone could have written this book and gotten a five-star review from me. However, putting that aside, Jeff Lemire has really managed to put this title back on track. With Sorrentino adding his gritty artistic style to the Green Arrow universe, this issue is a promising sign of things to come for Oliver Queen. Pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 9, 2013

    While Hawkeye is based on humor and charm, the new Green Arrow seems to be all about superhero action. Other than that, the two comics are exactly same. Sorrentino is no David Aja, but the influence is obviously there, both in just general look and feel, but also in the stylized ways they use panels to focus the action. Heck, both Clint Barton and Oliver Queen are thin white guys with short blonde hair! I guess I can't blame Lemire for taking this approach. Hawkeye is one of the best comics being published today, so if you're going to write your own archer series, why not steal a little from the competition? This issue is definitely good, enough that I'll keep reading, but the similarities are still too much to just ignore. Also, we're only 17 issues into the rebooted Green Arrow and already he's lost his company and all of his friends? This is another case of DC doing too much too soon with their rebooted characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Feb 10, 2013

    Jeff Lemire must be a fan of Fraction's Hawkeye series, cause this kind of seemed like that. The little boxes that zoom in on actions during fights, the art style was very similar to Hawkeye, and that's not a bad thing. If you're gonna emulate a series, that's not a bad one to do. Don't get me wrong though, Lemire wrote this issue very well, I enjoyed the scene of Oliver being pissed about losing everything and basically finding out via the news. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 6, 2013

    Mysteries abound in an all new direction. There's not many answers, but while this usually frustrates me, here it works as there's so much action thrown at you, it feels like a thriller with the hero on the lamb. The changes or quick and swift, ripping the band aid off. I was a lapsed reader of Green Arrow but the new team has got me interested in seeing what the next issue holds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Feb 6, 2013

    So, the Emerald Archer embarks on a new run that is poised to be one of, if not the, best in the character’s history. It’s brave, it’s unforgiving, and it’s willing to shake everything to the core for the sake of a good read. I’ll take it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Michael Leonard Mar 7, 2013

    While its hard to say if a run will be any good based on a single issue I got to say the Lemire / Sorrentino era looks promising and while we are yet to see what we will see over the coming issues Lemire's promise of GA as 'a really big crime noir superhero story' has got me very excited. Oh and this is great jump on point for anyone who is watching Arrow and wants to give the comics a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 6, 2013

    Overall, there's enough here to build on, and Lemire's proven himself to be a writer to trust. It's worth a few more issues to see if it's going to go pear-shaped or not. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Feb 8, 2013

    Green Arrow #17 isn't the home run that many were wishing for, but it shows that Lemire has a lot of plans for Ollie. It's a good time to be a Green Arrow fan right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    WhatCulture - Jack Holder Feb 7, 2013

    On the issue, the writing is markedly improved. Lemire strips Oliver Queen down to the bare bones, and wipes away the illusions. Hes not Bruce Wayne with years of experience, hes not brilliance beyond compare, and hes definitely not Superman. Ollie is just some billionaire kid with some archery skills and a few trick arrows. Theres now some actual room to grow, for Queen to think about what is going on, and why hes fighting. He is now going to develop, be better, be more than he has been for the past year and a half. I hope Jeff Lemire sticks around to see this through. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Feb 9, 2013

    The old status quo of Green Arrow is gone, and that is an automatic improvement for the series even if it is accomplished in a kind of cheap and dirty way. However, it remains to be seen if the incoming status quo will actually be much better. This isn't a return to the elements that used to work well for Oliver Queen. It's the introduction of a new island-oriented mythology that could prove as overbearing as the previous "CEO obsessed with trick arrows" one. There's definitely reason to be optimistic about Lemire's takeover of Green Arrow, but that optimism has to be cautious. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 6, 2013

    I give DC a lot of credit " it's not like they didn't put the best talent available to bolster this book back into B-list status " but I think they were so focused with Ollie's new status quo that they didn't really focus on working with Lemire and Sorrentino to get the execution right. And that's a bad sign for a superhero who literally has a TV show dedicated towards spreading Green Arrow awareness. But anyone looking for a fresh, dynamic new take on Oliver Queen isn't going to be just sad, they're going to be green with disappointment. Read Full Review

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