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Green Arrow #28 - The Outsiders War, Book 3: The Final Lesson Review


Oliver's hit with a staggering reveal and Komodo takes action.

The Good

Jeff Lemire is wasting no time at all in The Outsiders War. There's some big, compelling developments made in this issue and, unlike the first two chapters, this one isn't entirely about Oliver (not like that's a bad thing, though). Yes, Green Arrow obviously has a fair share of panel time and understandably so -- that last cliffhanger needs elaboration, after all -- but Lemire also jumps to the situation back in Seattle to establish a very interesting new plot point. We also catch up with Komodo and, surprise, surprise, there's yet another very interesting development.

Seriously, so much happens in this issue and it's all legitimately gripping and interesting plot progression. The retelling of Oliver's origin feels a bit rushed and Shado doesn't get much focus, but it's understandable given how much ground Lemire covers in this one issue.

The art in this issue is beyond inventive -- it's surreal. Not only is Andrea Sorrentino (art) and Marcelo Maiolo's (colors) artwork consistently beautiful, but there's at least three shockingly inventive pages and countless panels worth admiring. At first glance, some of theses amazingly vivid pages may seem a bit crowded or overly complex, but once you jump in and experience the artwork in proper order, it's a real beauty. Even something as simple as a bird flying in a city is worth gazing at for a fair amount of time.

The Bad

Honestly, no major complaints here. The creative team is doing some incredibly praiseworthy work with this book. This issue absolutely deserves all five stars.

The Verdict

Secrets are explained, new alliances are formed, and the tension builds. Lemire's plot remains both gripping and exciting, but Sorrentino and Maiolo's artwork is simply out of this world. This is without question the best looking book in my pull list and I find myself once again beyond anxious to purchase the next issue. I just can't recommend this series enough.

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Posted by manwithoutshame

Shaping up to be one of the best Green Arrow runs.

Posted by TheMantisShrimp

Between this book and Arrow on TV there are so many great Green Arrow stories being put out right now.

Posted by dkmark96

Lemire is a beast!!!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

This is Green Arrow and Deathstorke's time! Suck it Batman & Superman!

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

that panel with the fist and spear clan leader was AWESOME

Posted by timelord

This was fantastic my only complaint was that Olie bought it was his dad a little to easily , I mean he is team mates with the Martian Man Hunter for crying out loud some one who can shape shift and read minds at the drop of a hat.

But that's my only complaint for another amazing issue.

Posted by longbowhunter

@themantisshrimp: Well said. It's a great time to be a Green Arrow fan. I'm enjoying his rise in popularity quite a bit.

When Ollie is done with the Outsiders and the island he's going to have a mess waiting for him back in Seattle. I don't see Diggle, Fyff and Naomi taking down Richard Dragon.

Posted by SlamAdams

Onyx? As in Onyx who used to kick it with Batman and the Bird of Prey Onyx?

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

Shaping up to be one of the best Green Arrow runs.

Fixed. This is one of the best runs on any character in the medium, both in terms of art and story.

Posted by CheeseSticks

This run is so amazing. The ending of the issue was perfect. Outsider War is really the best stories i have read in a very, very long time. The art is DAMN!!

Lemire even has the time to put humor in his book. Fyff grabbing a fork to defend himself against Diggle LOL.

Maybe the seventh clan is the fork clan and Fyff is the head?

This book man. 10/10.

Posted by lifeofvibe

whooo the start of this is coming out in trade!

Posted by Fallschirmjager

There is no good reason this book isn't selling 10x as much.

Utterly amazing.

Edited by k4tzm4n

whooo the start of this is coming out in trade!


Posted by entropy_aegis

This is Green Arrow and Deathstorke's time! Suck it Batman & Superman!

Hmm you do realize Deathstroke was a part of Arkham Origins and is set to show up in Son of Batman? likewise Arrow has used a lot of Batman characters(Nyssa,Huntress,Deadshot,Bronze Tiger,KG Beast,Doll maker,Firefly,with Birds of Prey around the corner). They owe a lot of their success to Batman.

Posted by comicbookfan93
Posted by admwriter

I'm having a hard time following this story from issue to issue. I wish I found it half as interesting as you all do.

Edited by ptigrusmagus

Sorrentino should do a second DC book like maybe Constantine or cocreate something in Vertigo territory