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Green Arrow #26 - The Outsiders War, Book 1: Return to the Island Review

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So begins The Outsiders War! Find out why Oliver and Shado return to the island.

The Good

Since jumping on the title with issue #17, Jeff Lemire has been adding all-new layers to Oliver's mythos. We've seen new characters here and there and heard about certain aspects, but now we're diving into the story that'll finally unravel it all. Even though Lemire's creating a big world around Oliver (one which reminds me of what Geoff Johns did with Green Lantern), this issue is mostly dedicated to the hero himself and what he's endured to become the man he currently is. It covers a lot of familiar territory, but it's presented to us in clever manner and with a sharp script. Because of that, seeing Oliver master a bow as he's stuck on the island doesn't feel redundant -- it feels immersive.

While they don't have the opportunity to hit us with any energetic action, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo still have produce a lot of mighty fine looking panels. The scenery and landscapes are presented beautifully and with so much life. The character work remains strong and the emphasis on lighting is particularly commendable. There's also quite a few clever panel layouts and I love the decision to have some of Oliver's memories presented from his perspective. All in all, it should come as no surprise by now that this is yet another wonderful looking issue.

The Bad

Seeing as this is pretty much pure story building and designed as a jumping on point, there's a whole lot of exposition and some panels are absolutely loaded with dialogue. Everything's well done, but there's no real "wow factor" with this one. It's basically laying down the building blocks, but at least it ends on a note which will promise some excitement in the next chapter.

The Verdict

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.

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Posted by gosecondmile

Nothing "explosive" here??? It's incredibly "explosive"!!!

Posted by manwithoutshame

those double page spreads were breathtaking

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Solid lead in issue, we'll see how the story goes. Though I have immense faith in Lemire at this point.

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those double page spreads were breathtaking

So much this. This art is RIDICULOUS

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Posted by k4tzm4n

Nothing "explosive" here??? It's incredibly "explosive"!!!

Okay, so there's literally one explosion, but you know what I mean :P

(Just in case you don't: "explosive" as in an action piece... not just demolishing a wall ;) )

those double page spreads were breathtaking

Agreed. The establishing shot of the island was especially praiseworthy.

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Edited by tomlikesfries

Solid lead in issue, we'll see how the story goes. Though I have immense faith in Lemire at this point.

But

@manwithoutshame said:

those double page spreads were breathtaking

So much this. This art is RIDICULOUS

Took the words right out of my mouth. The splash pages are phenomenal. I also found the story itself very entertaining. I doubt any other book this week will please me more than this.

Edited by Dabee

I really hope Jeff Lemire stays on GA for a long long time.

EDIT: And of course Andrea Sorrentino, as well. How could I forget?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

cant wait to read.

Edited by longbowhunter

I was hoping to get into some deep Outsiders mythology here. Unfortunately that wasnt the case as this felt like more of a jumping on point. Regardless this was a really good issue. The Arrow clan cave two pager was stunning.

Posted by CheeseSticks

No ''wow factor''?!? Did the reviewer saw badass Kodiak getting out of the chopper? The art alone is a wow factor. This issue was perfect and i'm hype as hell for this arc!!

Edited by k4tzm4n

@cheesesticks said:

No ''wow factor''?!? Did the reviewer saw badass Kodiak getting out of the chopper? The art alone is a wow factor. This issue was perfect and i'm hype as hell for this arc!!

I'm talking about the story and how this issue is pure build-up. Obviously Sorrentino's art and Maiolo's coloring is impressive -- they always are and that's touched upon a lot in the review.

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Posted by Al_capOWN

ok guys, I'm going to do it, going to jump in right with this issue and add it to my pull list, good jumping spot?

Edited by comicbookfan93

@al_capown: as stated it's a perfect jumping on point but I would recommend catching up from issue #17

Posted by KnightofSteel

It's just crazy how good this book is. I can't help but just stare at these beautiful 2-page spreads drawn by Sorrentino.

Posted by slade_wilson

Loved it! But was I missing something? Spear clan?

Posted by lifeboy

I enjoyed Shado getting major attension in this issue. Although the comic wasn't very exciting seeing her is just so awesome. She is a favorite of mine.

Posted by dreamfall31

Just finished the first season of Arrow and I am really interested in the character now! Probably gonna add to my list!