Green Arrow vol 3: Emerald Outlaw by Benjamin Percy


Let's just say that during New 52 I was less than impressed with the Green Arrow books. The character was nothing like what I remembered. I wanted the Emerald archer from the year one books and the wedding album where he gets married to Black Canary. That guy was lost in New 52. Rebirth changed all that and brought back the hero I had been missing. 

 A big thank you to DC Comics and Netgalley for allowing me to read this for a review. I have really enjoyed this series and can believe all the things DC has done to Oliver Queen. First they took away everything of substance and meaning from Oliver. Next the writers did something I never thought I would see in the pages of a Green Arrow comic. They killed Oliver Queen!!! Of course if you are reading this I am going to assume you have read the previous book or don't care to. Oliver really isn't dead but the villains and the city think he is. 

So what's left after taking everything and killing a character? Since Oliver is thought to be dead all that is left is the Green Arrow. Now the writers have made the Green Arrow the most wanted man in Seattle. Someone is out there killing people and making it look like the Green Arrow is the cause of it to ruin the image of hope the city has for it's Emerald Protector. 

I loved this story. There is something about watching everything go wrong for Oliver and seeing exactly how he gets out of each situation that is so much fun. I really like how this series ties to the show in a sense that we get some of the same characters. I read Green Arrow before New 52 and don't remember Diggle or some of the other characters that pop up in this book so I enjoy the little crossovers. 

This was an action pack ride from the very beginning to the end. We get some closure to the overall story that has been going on in the last 2 volumes but this still very nicely sets up the next volume and what I would guess, is going to be another big story arc. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

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