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Green Arrow #29 - The Outsiders War, Book 4: The Prague Offensive Review

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Komodo has taken control of the Outsiders and prepares to take action.

The Good

Jeff Lemire refuses to slow down the pace in The Outsiders War and yes, that's most definitely a good thing! There's major progress on all fronts (unless you're Shado or Robert, that is) and each development will leave you anxiously awaiting the next issue. The scenes in Seattle are doing a superb job building the hype for the next story arc, but it's the dynamic between Komodo and Emiko that really shines in this one. Getting the story from the villain's perspective is a nice change of pace and presents a much more humanizing approach to the speedy little archer. This also further solidifies Komodo as a rather selfish and terrible dude. Lemire's really doing a solid job turning him into Oliver's archenemy.

On top of revealing more of the plot and putting a spotlight on certain relationships, Lemire delivers a short-lived yet very thrilling fight between Green Arrow and the Spear Clan. While the version of Oliver over in Arrow can't seem to resist a hand-to-hand fight, Lemire makes sure to focus on Oliver's abilities as an archer and tactician. A fight doesn't need to be extended to be exciting and Lemire absolutely proves that in this issue with two effectively used (and very cool) trick arrows.

Artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo once again create a completely gorgeous issue. The execution of the two trick arrows are creative and beautiful. You can feel the force of the sonic arrow ringing in the goons ears and the way the "umbrella" arrow rains down on enemies is wonderfully cinematic. The attention given to the environment (e.g. the moon, skyline, etc) left me gazing and eventually I realized I had to pick up my jaw. To top it all off, the panel layouts for the cathedral scenes are stunning. Overall, this is some of the most spectacular artwork you'll find in current comics.

The Bad

Yes, the cliffhanger is shocking at first, but it's so drastic that you know it can't be true. If you take a moment to think about it, you'll remember something nearly identical has happened before in the book and that's probably how it'll be explained.

Minor gripe: in my digital copy (1st page, 4th panel), there's a "you're" when it should be "your." Also, the tension between Oliver and Shado/Richard felt somewhat glossed over. I would have liked to see a little more of that before they parted ways (for the time being).

Major gripe: we need to wait another month for the next issue!

The Verdict

Ladies and gentlemen, GREEN ARROW is awesome. Lemire keeps the pace moving with big developments and Sorrentino/Maiolo's artwork will make sure your eyes are glued to the panels. It's not only a legitimately exciting and absorbing book, but it's easily one of the best looking books DC is putting out there, too. Month after month, GREEN ARROW continues to prove it's worth every single penny of the cover price. Do yourself a favor and give this series a read. Don't worry, you can thank me later.

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Edited by sledgemeyers

I love how awesome DC and Marvel have been doing with their archer books. They're both so different, but between the art and writing they're incredible.

Posted by CheeseSticks

This book is so good. The ending was shocking as hell. The art is amazing as always and Komodo + Onyx make a very good pair of villains. Diggle + Clock King quest for Richard Dragon also interest me a lot. Damn, i have so much to say about this book. Amazing read.

10/10, Jeff Lemire run with Sorrentino is the best run I have read since Garth Ennis run on the Punisher and Whedon on Astonishing X-Men.

Edited by Xwraith

This is, IMO, the biggest cliffhanger since "Mr. Worf... fire."

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I see what you did there >_>

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

OHHHHHHHHH bah gawd that ending.

Posted by tomlikesfries

What a fantastic read. Green Arrow is, by far, the best title that DC is putting up currently.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Easily the best book DC is publishing. I say this every month. With the exception of the "you're / your" this book has been perfect since Lemire hopped on.

Posted by batsymyplaything

I just Thunderclap your a**! Nice introduction to new arrows.

And I am SHOCKED, shocked of what happened at the ending....

Posted by ILLO_29

This may the best DC book out right now. Great art, great writing I'm so glad DC decided to stick with it and find the right team.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Wtf that ending

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

thinking about picking this up.

apparently its well-worth it!

Edited by Fallschirmjager

Terrific issue, once again.

The splash page in particular was terrific.

Posted by mak13131313

All I can say about this issue is..... WOW!!!!!!! Hell I'll say it again..... WOW!!!!!!!

Posted by JakeN7

Umbrella Arrow! ^_^

Also, dafuq? It went straight through his head. Unless Lemire just straight up lied to us, how the hell can he explain that away?

My favorite Big Two book, and definitely the best book DC is putting out (yes even with the your/you're typo. Grammar Nazis. Lol)

Posted by k4tzm4n

@jaken7 said:

Umbrella Arrow! ^_^

Also, dafuq? It went straight through his head. Unless Lemire just straight up lied to us, how the hell can he explain that away?

My favorite Big Two book, and definitely the best book DC is putting out (yes even with the your/you're typo. Grammar Nazis. Lol)

Magus :P

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Posted by JakeN7

@k4tzm4n: *facepalm* How could I forget that walking, talking deus ex machina? Thanks for the reminder Gregg.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@jaken7 said:

@k4tzm4n: *facepalm* How could I forget that walking, talking deus ex machina? Thanks for the reminder Gregg.

S'okay. Seems to be eluding everyone else's memory, too! That said, I will admit I was totally shocked for the first couple of minutes or so, but then I remembered that the same thing happened between Komodo and Robert ;)

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Posted by JakeN7

@k4tzm4n: I'm sure your prediction is spot on. In any case, that last panel certainly did it's job, no matter what the outcome.

I'm trying to remember when we saw him last, wasnt he with Katana? He was building a resistance to the Outsiders I think.

Edited by miilkshake

Unless it's true and Robert Queen takes up the mantle from here.

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

okay fuck this!

im gonna read all the Green Arrows!

been shrugging it off, but seriously everyone is drooling about this comic. so im caving in!

Posted by consafo80

I was never a fan of Green Arrow but am loving this book and am becoming a Green Arrow fan.

Posted by hamlet33

Only gripe is the fact the little cliffhanger, and the fact that the Axe Clan is like, front and center on the cover, but not really in the issue (Unless i'm mistaken).

Posted by jordandarner

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