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GonzoGeek Reviews Green Arrow Vol. 5 - The Outsiders War TPB

Writing Green Arrow is hard.

If done well, he's a character with a strong moral center and great vision.  If not, he's a cut rate Batman with a bow.

We are living in a bit of a Green Arrow renaissance.  Between the CW's Arrow and Jeff Lemire's current run on DC's Green Arrow title, the Emerald Archer's profile may have never been higher.

This is a good thing, because GA's debut in DC's New 52 didn't give me a lot of hope.

The creative team framed GA as a reality-show thrillseeker and it was one of those cut rate versions of the character.

Flash forward 20ish issues, and Jeff Lemire's evolution of the character takes it to a whole new level.  Oliver Queen's time marooned on the island is no longer an accident, but rather a crucible from which he must emerge to lead the Arrow Clan.

The Arrow Clan?

Yes, one of seven weapons based clans created by Lemire to broaden Green Arrow's back story.  Seven clans of warriors intent on stopping GA from fulfilling that destiny.

The Outsiders War collects issues 25-31 of DC's monthly title.  That's seven issues of constant movement and surprises.

Lemire's storytelling is nicely complimented by Andrea Sorrentino's artwork, with an assist from Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

If you only know Green Arrow from the television show, or you checked out early from the New 52 incarnation, give it another try.  It hits the mark.

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