Green Arrow #23

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 7, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 7
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Ollie learns the secret origin of Shado, and Count Vertigo attacks!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Aug 9, 2013

    Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino is easily (again, in my opinion) one of the best comics DC is publishing right now. Its building a unique mythology around the titular weapons of the character, and is simultaneously bringing back elements of the old character whilst introducing new ones to give this version a unique take. Id say its definitely worth checking out. I just wish they would bring back his beard. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Aug 9, 2013

    Green Arrow #23 is another win for Lemire and Sorrentino. To be honest, I think Green Arrow is better than Hawkeye (no bricks through my window yet? Good.). Green Arrow delivers a very cinematic experience, and the art is consistent every issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Aug 7, 2013

    Alright, it's official: GREEN ARROW has become my favorite DC title. Month after month, Lemire/Sorrentino/Maiolo blow me away. The story moves at a strong pace and is full of excitement, solid dialogue and massive potential. Meanwhile, Sorrentino and Maiolo create pages that leave me speechless. Overall, it's a great looking book with a great writer. What more could you honestly ask for? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 9, 2013

    Lemire gives us a treasure trove of reasons to keep coming back to the book, not least of which is the twist ending, and has provided enough questions in this one issue to last us until the next DC reboot. If you'd given up on previous incarnations of this rebooted title, now is the time to jump back aboard. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 7, 2013

    Jeff Lemire deserves mega credit for doing something different, as well. He's transformed this little title into a huge mythological vision quest. It's the not tone or feeling we have come to expect in a Green Arrow title, but Lemire makes it work. There are deep family secrets, violent pasts, ancient orders, and powerful artifacts. It's big stuff, at times a bit too big, but it's interesting and engaging. Green Arrow deserves your support; DC needs to know this is the kind of book we want more of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Z Aug 9, 2013

    Green Arrow #23is another solid entry in Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's run. The writing and the art come together again to make something very special. The fight with Count Vertigo was a little underwhelming, but I'm sure we will see him again soon (Next Month inGreen Arrow #23.1: Count Vertigo!). Now my friends, head out to your LCS and add Green Arrow to your Pull-List. The next arc has much potential, and I'm sure it will be great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Aug 12, 2013

    Green Arrow #23is another strong issue for this series. Concluding the 2-parter "Shados" storyline, it has left us in a nice place for a month off with Villains Month, by introducing us to the awesome Count Vertigo who we can follow next month, whilst setting up nicely Oliver's return to Seattle, with a certain old character being reintroduced in the New 52, which will certainly make for an interesting read in a couple of months' time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Aug 9, 2013

    I hope Green Arrow keeps this kind of story telling going, and it doesn't jump back to the normal vigilante stuff any time soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Joey Caswell Aug 7, 2013

    Green Arrow is probably the best book currently being published by DC Comics main imprint. It maintains various facets that are central to classic superheroes, while simultaneously expanding the character into related but new areas. Issue #23 effectively continues the current story, tying up a few loose ends and also paving the way for a number of exciting new plot directions. The creative team behind this series continue to outdo themselves as the book progresses, and every month they show readers that they really understand the potential of this character like few have before. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Aug 12, 2013

    Andrea Sorrentino's art continues to dazzle. His creativity is especially peaked here during the flashbacks. Instead of keeping with his standard art, Sorrentino pencils the scenes almost like hieroglyphics. It adds a nice dimension to what is otherwise just easy exposition. The rest of the art is just as formidable. Sorrentino's pencils with light strokes, but still manages to give his characters weight. He's also selective about her details, giving the characters center stage. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Aug 9, 2013

    Unfortunately, the plot is a bit more juvenile, with story beats like Fyff's unrequited feelings for Naomi and a literal, mystical green arrow that bestows enlightenment and immortality. Still, Lemire's characterization of Ollie is spot on, and Shado looks to be a worthy addition to the cast. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 8, 2013

    Jeff Lemire also has some high points with the action sequences featuring Green Arrow, Shado and Count Vertigo, and he even makes Henry and Naomi seem endearing with their sweet love triangle. That said, the pacing on this issue is a little off, with the action coming and going in fits and spurts, and with Ollie's secret history and the clans of weapon-themed Outsiders, I still feel like Lemire is in danger of putting the cart before the horse - it's putting continuity ahead of character development, with Ollie still coming off as a bit of a blank slate. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Aug 9, 2013

    While there are fun elements to Green Arrow #23 with the art – in particular Ollie's arrows and Count Vertigo's attack – the issue is bogged down with issues of plotting and radical art choices. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 12, 2013

    Not nearly enough groundwork to make the issue's advances as effective as they should be, but you do get some spectacular art out of it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 8, 2013

    "Green Arrow" #23 makes significant strides in the continued process of constructing a supporting cast and rogues' gallery, but does so without innovation. The best part of the issue comes in the form of the final two pages, which do more towards opening up the next storyline than contributing to this one. Unfortunately, that interesting scene, like much of the interesting pieces in this issue, does not feature Green Arrow -- at all. Read Full Review

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