Green Arrow #26

Green Arrow #26

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 4, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 6
7.9Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

THE OUTSIDERS WAR begins here! Oliver Queen finally knows the location of the Outsiders base, but first he must return to the place where Green Arrow was born: The Island! Secrets are revealed, new villains introduced, and a mind-blowing final page kicks off this new storyline with a bang!

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Dec 5, 2013

    For my money's worth, this was a really good issue in pretty much all respects and I can't wait to see what the entire team has in store for next month's issue and where the story goes. I want to learn more about these clans that Lemire has introduced, the sword clan, the shield clan, the arrow clan, and so on. Seems like a very intriguing take on the Green Arrow lore. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 5, 2013

    Green Arrow #26 is a great start to the Outsiders War arc and a great comic in general.  The art and storytelling are fantastic and has the bonus of being newcomer friendly.  To say there is no reason not to read this is ridiculous because everyone is reading it already, right?  If not, go out now and buy Lemire and Sorrentino's entire Green Arrow run and get cracking! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 4, 2013

    Green Arrow #26 is a great start to this new arc, which promises a lot of excitement and thrills. With solid characterization, a well-written story, and just breathtaking artwork, there is no better book you could be reading this week from DC and probably most of the other companies. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Dec 5, 2013

    Andrea Sorrentino can be hit and miss, but in this issue he's all hits. Maybe it's the big, sweeping set pieces or maybe he's just cramming it all in there and ditching the minimalist stuff that never really worked before. Whatever the reason, Green Arrow #26 looks stunning. The island is brilliantly detailed and the characters look better than ever. The stiffness that has haunted in this comic in the past is gone, leaving only fluid movement and superb storytelling. The flashback to Ollie's time on the island is some of the best stuff Sorrentino has ever done. So, great writing, awesome artwork, fun premise and looks of cool action? Yep, Green Arrow's got it all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Dec 6, 2013

    This issue does a lot of back story and setup as Ollie and Shado return to the dreaded island, but it's well needed set up as the issues to come look like they're going to be action packed! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Dec 9, 2013

    After a brief respite where we finally got some facial hair for Ollie in the New 52, we get back to Lemire's main story with the Outsiders which brings Ollie back to the island. It's very smart for Lemire to focus on the island since its such a big part of Arrow itself. And with that Zero Year issue last month, Lemire gave us not only Moira and Dig from Arrow, but also gave us a mystery in itself during Ollie's time on the island that seems to have nothing to do the current Outsider storyline. I'm also interested to see what Lemire has in mind with these New 52 Outsiders – a concept that seems to be a League of Assassins type group for Ollie but almost makes more sense for him as an archer and that Lemire's tied to his family and to other C & D list DC characters like John Butcher. This was a good first chapter to what I hope is a fantastic arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Dec 7, 2013

    I can not recommend this book enough. Seriously add it to your pull! If you are a new reader to Green Arrow this issue marks a perfect place to jump on! With Arrow the t.v show hitting its stride and Lemire and Sorrentino constantly bringing us gold each month, it is a great time to be a Green Arrow fan! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Dec 6, 2013

    “Green Arrow” is a book that's easy to lose track of in the fast past shuffle of monthly superhero comics, and not likely one that loudly clamors for your $2.99. However, it remains one of the New 52′s best kept secrets, featuring strong characters, a rich plot, and deeper mythology than one would expect from a book about a guy with a bow and arrow. Fans of action adventure and noir crime thrillers alike owe it to themselves to give this book a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Dec 24, 2013

    This is yet another strong issue of Green Arrow, getting the "Outsiders War" off to a very good sense. With there being a real sense of awe and mystery throughout the issue " alongside the notion of self-discovery " there's plenty to be enjoyed this issue. Personally, I'm excited to seeing just what the Outsiders do next. Oh, and meeting the lovely Shield clan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 7, 2013

    Sorrentino's art is beautiful to look at in this book. He goes from the modern to the tropical settings of the island seamlessly. His art on the island in particular truly gives you scale, and looks like an island should. He puts so much effort into making it feel like an overgrown and untouched island that's both dangerous and beautiful. Marcelo Maiolo's colors add to the overall look by providing the atmosphere and right shades of yellows, greens and more. This is one of DC's best written and drawn books. This is a chance to jump on board if you haven't given it a try. You'll be glad you did. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 9, 2013

    An issue that, like the rest of the storyline, has the potential to be far greater than it actually is, though still solid in every respect, nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 5, 2013

    If you aren't reading "Green Arrow," especially if you gave up one of the three different creative teams beforehand... well, I understand if you feel a little burnt. But trust me, Lemire and Sorrentino are doing amazing work on "Green Arrow" now, and this is as good a place as any to find out for yourself. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Dec 5, 2013

    Lemire does a good job kicking off the Outsiders War storyline. He has laid down the foundation that will result in an explosive climax. Sorrentino continues to deliver but Maiolo's color stole the spot light. Treat yourself by picking up this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Dec 4, 2013

    We've been hearing so much about all of the different clans and this opening chapter serves as mostly buildup to the greater picture. There's nothing explosive here, but I dig the character-driven emphasis with Oliver and you can really feel there's something epic coming around the corner. A few big factors are set in motion and, now that the set up is primarily out of the way, it's time for the "war" to truly begin. A return to the island may feel redundant (especially if you're watching Arrow), but with Lemire's creative writing and Sorrentino/Maiolo's impressive artwork, it's a very welcome trip and I'm seriously looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 7, 2013

    This was just a really good adventure comic, with a strong focus on Oliver Queen and what he's going through. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Dec 9, 2013

    Sorrentino excels in the lush playground of the island's jungle, but gives us some rare light-hearted art in the lead-up as well. The gentle back-and-forth between Ollie's crew (over pizza and beverages, no less!) showcases a brighter side for a comic that has gone to some dark places in recent months, and gives us a nice segue into an origin-defining arc for the increasingly high profile character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jacob Bryant Dec 4, 2013

    Issue #26 ofGreen Arrowisn't filled to the brim with action, rather it moves its characters into the places they need to be in for the rest of the story. If you always wanted to know the origin of the New 52 Green Arrow, then it all starts here folks. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GoCollect - @mikebiyad Dec 4, 2013

    Overall, I think this issue may be setting up for a great new arc for the series. I'm definitely going to be excited to pick up the next issue after the way it left off, however I do wish that there was a little bit more of a wow factor for this issue. If you've been reading, and enjoying, Green Arrow I do suggest you pick this book up. This also may not be a bad spot for new readers who are interested to jump in. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 5, 2013

    The Outsiders War begins not with a bang, but with a whisper, as Green Arrow #26's great art is bogged down by poor pacing and a ton of exposition. Read Full Review

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