Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Green Arrow #6 Review


Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Sean Izaakse, Phil Hester, Trevor Hairsine, Ande Parks
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by: Troy Peteri
Cover art by: Phil Hester (cover A)
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: November 28, 2023

Green Arrow #6 brings the inaugural arc to a close when Ollie confronts the villain of his past responsible for his time-and-space-hopping woes.
Is Green Arrow #6 Good?

Joshua Williamson has an earned reputation for not sticking the landing in his story concepts, but I'm happy to report that the ending of this arc is pretty okay. The villain reveal won't shock you to your core (no, it's not Amanda Waller), but the reveal is well-executed, and the "happily ever after ending" doesn't apply to everyone.

When last we left Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, he was tossed into a Time vortex after getting shot with an arrow by one of his alternate selves from throughout the timeline. Now, Oliver wakes up in the past to confront the villain responsible for separating Ollie from his family and creating all the time-and-space-hopping shenanigans. In the end, Ollie escapes with a little help from his allies as he realizes the person most responsible for keeping him from his family is himself.

Yes, the ending sounds a bit like a Very Special Afterschool Special kind of ending, but it plays out better than that. Longtime Green Arrow fans won't be surprised by the villain reveal, but his return plants the seeds for more trouble on the horizon. Further, Jade and Roy get trapped in a lethal corner as a cliffhanger setting up "The Hunt For Arsenal," which is either the next arc in this series or a separate mini-series altogether.

What's great about Green Arrow #6? Again, Williamson's ending is a pretty okay, feel-good moment for the Queen family. Most of the players are back where they belong (except Roy and Jade), and Ollie learned an important lesson about balance.

What's not so great about Green Arrow #6? The villain's reveal is not that big of a surprise, and the pure volume of Rube Goldberg-esque machinations the villain set up just to keep Ollie separated from his family feels like too far of a stretch. In other words, the payoff didn't quite live up to the setup.

How's the art? Again, pretty okay. I noted in the review for the last issue how the art felt disconnected because Hester and Izaakse's styles don't complement each other that well. In this issue, they found a less jarring balance, and the addition of Hairsine doesn't throw that balance off.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Green Arrow #6 is a perfectly serviceable ending to a perfectly serviceable arc that unveils the secret villain behind Ollie's woes, brings the family back together, and plants seeds for what's to come. Despite a small squad of artists on the finale, the art team managed to strike a better balance when compared to issue #5.


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