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Green Arrow #27 - The Outsiders War, Book 2: Secret Origin Review

5

The Shield Clan attacks Oliver and Shado. Plus, more is revealed about Green Arrow's past on the island.

The Good

Before we dive into discussing the plot, it needs to be said artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo are doing a phenomenal job. Jeff Lemire's writing is great and we'll get to that in a minute, but these two create some beyond impressive pages and the two make this book simply amazing. There's some breathtaking panels and no amount of praise will do it proper justice. The way the action is brought to life literally made me cheer out loud at least twice, the island is beautiful and lush, and the vibrant use of red makes a more dramatic scene leave a lasting impact in your mind.

Now that Lemire provided all of the basic plot points in the last issue, the writer ramps things up and hits us with a beyond thrilling issue that's also packed with emotion and not one, but two twists. Shado may be present (and there's a cameo, too), but it's clear this issue's all about unveiling more of who Oliver is and also delivering some majorly awesome action. It's great to see Lemire has such huge plans for the character and with every issue he teases a little more of the big change he's bringing to Ollie's world. Lemire's script is full of action and drama this time around, but there's a surprising amount of comedy implemented, too. The Shield Clan's leader had me laughing like a fool and the banter about trick arrows was nicely timed. Still, these moments of levity never took away from the more serious and compelling tone this issue was aiming to create.

The Bad

I've read the issue twice and I honestly have no significant complaints.

The Verdict

The opening chapter of GREEN ARROW's latest story, The Outsiders War, was really good but primarily establishing all of the basics. This second chapter, though? I'm completely blown away. Jeff Lemire moves the story ahead at full speed and winds up creating a great issue that is easily one of my favorites from the entire series so far. On top of that, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo's artwork is as creative and impressive as ever -- it's a real visual treat. GREEN ARROW is without question one of the top books from DC and you need to check it out.

39 Comments
Edited by longbowhunter

Agreed, issue #26 was a primer. I'm ready to get down to the meat of Outsiders War. Really excited to read this.

Edited by kivatt

I was waiting for someone to review this. I knew it was going to get a 5, I felt it in my balls. Honestly, for me is the best comic of the week. Jeff Lemire has made this book into one of the top DC books. If he ever leaves I will probably drop Green Arrow.

Trick Arrows ALL DAY !

But the ending though. Left me in shock and awe. Excited for next month.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

ALL HAIL JEFF LEMIRE (AND THE REST OF THIS CREATIVE TEAM)

Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

My LCS didn't get it today so I have to wait until next week…the pain is real. This is by far my favorite book out right now. I'm so glad you couldn't find anything wrong with it, Katz.

Posted by manwithoutshame

Gotta love Green Arrow, also the fight scenes were wildly entertaining.

Posted by Xwraith

Only a week in and I think I've found my favorite comic book issue of the year.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

best DC ongoing.

Posted by danhimself

tricky Jeff Lemire trying to get me to read an Ann Nocenti book

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

omg the ending was like holy crap

Edited by Xwraith

tricky Jeff Lemire trying to get me to read an Ann Nocenti book

Lemire seems to be the one who cleans up Nocenti's messes (she was also the writer on GA before him).

Posted by timelord

I cant help but think Jeff Lemire is making fun of Ann Nocenti at this point with that cameo. But really good issue plenty of action and a holy shit moment at the end can not wait for next month.

Posted by HollowPrince65

Thank you Jeff Lemire for getting me into Green Arrow. I wanted to get into him before the change but everyone said it was just awful and to wait. I'm glad I did. Its one of the titles I look forward to every month. Awesome issue.

Edited by batmannflash

wow wow this was so amazing!! Lemire and Sorrentino are a great team. So excited for the rest of Outsiders War

Those splash pages...

Posted by kivatt
Edited by timelord

@kivatt: Just a character that turns up I found it pretty funny considering what Jeff Lemire has done for Green Arrow. I was probably reading to much into it.

Posted by Transformers1024

I'm just going to get this arc as a whole in a trade. Seems way too good to wait an entire month to see what happens next. I want to read this all in one sitting.

Posted by VSG413

Jeff is doing a great job over at DC. I can't wait for his Justice League of Canada series, it sucks to see his Animal Man run come to an end with a slim chance we will be seeing any more of Buddy Baker, right when he taps into the entire universe of the Red too.

Posted by danhimself

@vsg413 said:

Jeff is doing a great job over at DC. I can't wait for his Justice League of Canada series, it sucks to see his Animal Man run come to an end with a slim chance we will be seeing any more of Buddy Baker, right when he taps into the entire universe of the Red too.

Buddy is joining that Justice League team....that's why Animal Man is ending

Posted by comicbookfan93

Absolutely great issue and even though I sort of guessed the ending I was still in shock

Who was the cameo? I didn't read GA before Lemire

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Posted by VSG413

@danhimself: Whhhaaaatttt. He's not taking the place of the Bridgewalker after Animal Man? Then something tells Bridgewalker will become any enemy of that team.

Posted by CheeseSticks
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Posted by Mxyzptlk_CV

Great issue!

Posted by Xwraith
Edited by dreamfall31

Great issue, but I don't understand why I'm looking at a shirtless muscular man every fifth page of this series? Does DC think it's readers are gonna watch Arrow because of this? I mean it's a great show, but I think their advertising campaign is a bit odd...

Posted by Xwraith

Does DC think it's readers are gonna watch Arrow because of this?

I think it's more the other way around.

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

@dreamfall31: I agree. I was kinda of embarrassed to be reading my December comics with a shirtless Diggle on the back of my book. So far I have only seen one ad for Arrow where Ollie actually was wearing the Green Arrow costume.

Posted by Xwraith

Who was the cameo? I didn't read GA before Lemire

I'm assuming it was Katana.

Edited by scouts1998

One year ago this was one of the worst DC books.

Also here are the sales

IssueCopies Sold
155,512
252,837
342,209
433,404
530,234
627,087
726,104
824,690
926,996
1025,769
1124,646
1223,126
028,408
1322,057
1421,825
1520,672
1619,888
1736,043
1828,080
1929,922
2027,541
2126,924
2226,172
2325,449
23.141,596 (both covers)
2424,620
2529,591
Edited by lifeboy

@dreamfall31: your right. I hope they start doing the females soon!

Posted by QueenCorp15

Starting to become the best green arrow solo run of ALL TIME

Posted by Jake Fury

GA is awesome & Jeff Lemire is the man. Sad Animal Man is ending though.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Just read this issue finally. This is easily the best book DC is putting out there.