Green Arrow #23

Writer: Ben Raab Artist: Charlie Adlard Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 9, 2003 Critic Reviews: 2
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In part 1 of the 6-part ''Black Circle: Urban Knights,'' it's the reunion of the classic Green Lantern/Green Arrow team-up! This time, Oliver Queen partners with Green Lantern Kyle Rayner on a quest for the truth behind an intergalactic crime! Continued in the pages of GREEN LANTERN #162!

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Apr 20, 2003

    An issue that feels like it's been plucked out of the dusty back-rooms of the DC warehouse, and the only real change that was made to the material was that the current versions of Green Arrow & Green Lantern were plugged into the story. Now I won't say that I wasn't entertained by the material as the action holds up pretty well, and while the tension feels contrived, and the dialogue that is delivered during the fight is cringe worthy material, I rather enjoy the idea that Kyle & Oliver don't get along. Still the whole plot involving aliens hiring a group of criminals to steal bleach for them feels like an idea where the writer wasn't even trying to make an effort to hide the idea that he's trying to recapture the goofy charm of the Silver Age. The simple fact of the matter is that following on the heels of the smartly written arcs by Kevin Smith & Brad Meltzer this issue feels like the book has taken two big steps backwards. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Apr 15, 2003

    Despite big names and high sales, the Green Arrow title has always felt a bit uneven since its resurrection at the hands of Kevin Smith and company. Its been as though the plot was solid, compelling, but something lacked in the delivery. When novelist Brad Meltzer took over the writing chores for six issues, he delivered a clean, continuity-rich tale, but one riddled with clunky dialogue and ugly plot holes. Looking ahead, the next writer, Judd Winick, has proven himself on titles like Barry Ween, Green Lantern, and Exiles, as well as the Pulitzer-nominated graphic novel, Pedro and Me. He will either follow the trend of scribes not living up to their talent, or break the flow and stun and amaze us all. Maybe well catch a little preview in next weeks Green Lantern #162, part two of Black Circle. For now, for the next six weeks and three issues of Green Arrow, there is Ben Raab, a relative newcomer to the industry, and his greenness shows. Its great to foster new talent, allow it t Read Full Review

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