Green Arrow #43

Writer: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson Artist: Javi Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 1, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Seattle's in for a serious shake-up when Green Arrow crosses quivers with a new vigilante "hero" dubbed the Citizen, who's hell-bent on exposing the corrupt and criminal one-percenters operating in the Emerald City. Green Arrow initially applauds these efforts, until the Citizen turns judge, jury and executioner-can you guess what bloviating billionaire is next on his hit list? Also, a little birdie told us that help for Oliver is on the way-but we're not singing who it is just yet.

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 1, 2018

    Green Arrow #43 is a political book and it is not the least bit apologetic about that fact. There is a certain vocal minority in the comics-reading community who will hate this book on general principle. Thankfully, as satisfying as it might be to buy this book just to annoy them, it's a damn good action/adventure comic with powerful art and well worth reading for non-political reasons. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Aug 1, 2018

    The future of the Green Arrow is a bright one with Julie and Shawna Benson. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 31, 2018

    The Bensons and Javier Fernandez pull-off the difficult double task of redirecting Green Arrow's larger plot while keeping the book's characters grounded in the telling moments that marked Ben Percy's run. This is a great jumping on point for new/returning readers plus a smooth transition for those who never left. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 1, 2018

    With a new menacing villain and a classic Team Arrow paired with dynamic artwork, the new creative team quickly proves Green Arrow is in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 17, 2018

    A solid story, building to a very good tease for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Aug 2, 2018

    It was a slower start than I expected, but thats not a bad thing. I can see seeds being laid that show the potential for this story to grow and develop over time in a way that has almost been lost in modern comics, which is something I can absolutely appreciate. I do have a feeling that this run may read at its best as a binge-read, but time will tell. Tune in next month! Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Aug 1, 2018

    This sort of soft relaunch for Oliver Queen's world proves to be a pretty effective one, providing a perfect jumping off point for both new and returning readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Aug 1, 2018

    This is a solid issue. The script is great; I think the Benson sisters knock it out of the park. The first part of the story immediately allows us to sympathize with Ollie due to how he's handling his renewed relationship with Roy and that's combined with powerful social commentary and a scary new villain. I'm genuinely excited about where this book is going. The art takes some of my personal enjoyment down because, stylistically, it doesn't do anything for me. But it's still a really good issue and worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Aug 1, 2018

    Anyone with a passing interest in the character should check this out. The art is stunning and the writing is tight and fun. This is the beginning of what could be a good run on the character, so jump on! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Aug 1, 2018

    Other than me agonizing about Oliver Queen's faults, we have a solid issue. Javier Fernandez has a nice, loose-but-expressive style to his artwork. He also does great shadow work that makes the book look dark and gritty when it needs to be. The Citizen is a little bit of an Anarchy knockoff, however, he's still the kind of villain that matches the Green Arrow. They both have a similar goal just different ways of reaching it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 6, 2018

    Green Arrow #43 is another triumphant issue from Julie and Shawna Benson, and the Emerald Archer is shown to be safe in their hands. The characters are charming, the plot is interesting, and Fernandez and Kalisz do good work on the art. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Aug 2, 2018

    The Benson Sisters get off to a strong start with an issue and art that emphasizes personal connections, the wider DCU, and how those two things can cause friction. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Ian Cameron Aug 1, 2018

    The overall set-up & character work in this issue is great, but the main plot for this first arc isn't' quite engaging me at this point. Hopefully in issues to come the creative team can land some bullseyes, as the potential is definitely in sight! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 5, 2018

    From beginning to end Julie and Shawna Benson develop multiple storylines in Green Arrow #43 to start their run on this series on a high note. Everything that happens builds interest for both the life of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow. And in one issue Benson have already created a fascinating villain in the form of The Citizen to challenge Green Arrow. That all comes together to make Green Arrow #43 to be a good entry point for those looking to get into Oliver Queen's ongoing adventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Aug 1, 2018

    The premise feels like it's been done before and the art is just fine but nothing that leaps off the page to grab my attention. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 1, 2018

    The Bensons start their run on Green Arrow and while it is not the most original beginnings, they check most of the Green Arrow boxes and the Ollie/Dinah dynamic is solid.  The art is serviceable but doesn't do anything to make it stick out.  I am cautiously optimistic for the Benson's run, but that's more than I can say about a lot of books these days. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Aug 4, 2018

    Green Arrow is in good hands with a new creative team, that builds on the recent history of the character and his supporting cast. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Aug 1, 2018

    Three issues ago was the introduction to this creative team with Green Arrow Annual 2. The issue was a bit campy and a little cheesy, but the story was fun and the connection to No Justice helped. The Benson's writing here did not read like the annual did. With the subject matter of this story, this book should have had a feeling of darkness, but never once did I feel that until the ending panels. The jokes unfortunately didn't hit right, and there was a panel with Black Canary at one point that made no sense, as if it had been edited in after the fact. The art was not the greatest in this issue, it gave off a mix feeling with what the tone of the issue was suppose to be. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 1, 2018

    Based on this first issue, this run wants to deal with heavy issues, but it's bitten off a lot more than it can chew. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    egon244 Aug 2, 2018

    Good start by a new creative team.

    After dealing with a cabal of evil bankers and Omega Titans Oliver is back on the streets. He is also back as a CEO of his company, really carefree CEO, which makes his lawyer quite mad. And his girlfriend is moving in with him. So, things are looking good. Until a guy calling himself The Citizen decides to take on the wealthiest 1%. He holds up the axe and people of Seattle decide, via the Internet, if he should swing it. Kinda fitting since today people on the Internet crucify others all the time over something they said or wrote on social media.

    Again, this is a good start. With good dialogue and good characterizations of the heroes. It's always good to see Arrow and Canary togeth more

  • 7.5
    nickogle Aug 2, 2018

    This was probably the best recent issue of Green Arrow, I will say. It still ends up being pretty forgettable, but the inclusion of material from No Justice, plus bringing Black Canary back to the series, helped the series regain some lost footing from the last two issues. The Sanctuary reference was a bit too much of a wink to me. I wish we could have more subtle foreshadowing for Heroes in Crisis like Tom King did at the end of Everybody Loves Ivy. I liked the relationship between Oliver and Roy not to mention The Citizen is the best villain the series has seen recently. My least favorite part of this issue was probably the Queen Industries scenes, which didn't really set up anything for the issue, though I have a feeling it will come int more

  • 7.0
    VanillaCone Aug 1, 2018

    A good but flawed debut for the new team.

    What I loved:

    * Acknowledging Oliver's chili recipe for the first time in a long while.

    * Black Canary already seems to be more integral and authentic to the story.

    * The story seems to be much more simplistic than the stuff Percy was trying, which should give us a much less convoluted plot and more time for character depth.

    What I didn't like:

    * Oliver at Queen Industries again? How many times is he going to go back and forth? I really think he's more interesting with a modest income. Given the twist at the end, it feels like they brought this back purely for plot reasons. Hopefully he (once again) gives up his company by more

  • 10
    Daizo_Amora Aug 1, 2018

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Aug 1, 2018

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Aug 1, 2018

  • 8.0

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Aug 3, 2018

  • 8.0
    Justin Ray Feb 23, 2019

  • 7.0
    ComickerPerson Aug 1, 2018

  • 7.0
    EDiakota Aug 4, 2018

  • 5.5
    Psycamorean Nov 6, 2018

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