Green Arrow has seen a resurgence in the 2010’s through the initial popularity of the CW’s Arrow. Check out the full quiver of Green Arrow comics in chronological order below!
Green Arrow Reading Order
I) Silver Age Green Arrow (Late ’50s through 1960’s)
II) Green Arrow & Green Lantern Team Up (1970’s)
IV) Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow through Identity Crisis (Early 2000’s)
V) Green Arrow After Infinite Crisis (Late 2000’s)
VI) Green Arrow and Black Canary (Later 2000’s)
VII) New 52 Green Arrow
Jack Kirby never ceases to amaze. Just when you think you know one of Marvel’s founding fathers, and the creator of a little DC villain called Darkseid, you realize he also wrote, drew, and inked a whole bunch of early Green Arrow stories in Adventure Comics.
There’s a reason he’s the king!
The first time Green Arrow joined the Justice League, collected here in Justice League of America #1 to #16. Green Arrow first appears in issue #4.
This collection overlaps a bit with the Kirby and JLA collections, but gets you a broader variety of early Green Arrow comics, namely World’s Finest Comics #95 to #134, #136, #138, and #140.
Oliver Queen insists Hal Jordan, Green Lantern and protector of Earth’s quadrant, stays on Earth a while to deal with real social issues and human problems.
All told, collected issues include Green Lantern #76 to #89.
This three issue miniseries is everybody’s favorite Green Arrow, and for good reason. The grim and gritty influence of the 80’s has had a long and pervasive reach, but it’s stories like The Longbow Hunters that remind you when it worked, it worked wonders.
Aside from being out of this world comic book work from Mike Grell, The Longbow Hunters is also one of the strongest examples of Ollie’s relationship with Black Canary.
This Frank Miller Batman graphic novel is a Batman story through and through, but I include here because Green Arrow is one of the few DC heroes who gets to make a positive contribution to my 8th favorite comic of all time. Worth noting that this is out of continuity!
This will take you through the first 53 issues of Mike Grell’s remarkable run on Green Arrow following DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, filmmaker Kevin Smith resurrected both Daredevil for Marvel Comics and Green Arrow for DC. Smith’s first arc on Green Arrow, “Quiver,” literally brought Ollie back from the dead, explained Hal Jordan as Parallax, and gave me my first ever reason to think Green Arrow was actually pretty cool.
Collects Green Arrow #1 to #15
The above will take you through Green Arrow #39, and arcs by novelist Brad Meltzer, and Exiles writer Judd Winick.
More of a Justice League story, although Green Arrow plays a major part. This is Brad Meltzer’s 2000’s murder mystery and attempted deconstruction of everything you thought you knew about the Justice League.
A follow-up to Identity Crisis from Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg. Collects JLA #115 to #119.
Collects Green Arrow #40 to #50
Collects Green Arrow #51 to #65
Following Green Arrow #75, DC’s collected Green Arrow jumps to a team-up Green Arrow/Black Canary series.
Collects through Green Arrow/Black Canary #30.
I’ll note first that if you want the whole thing, you can check out Comic Book Herald’s complete DC New 52 reading order. Just the Green Arrow New 52 books are listed below. Many fans recommend starting with Jeff Lemire’s run, which begins with Green Arrow Vol. 4, but to each their own!
This isn’t actually a part of the New 52 but the solid Andy Diggle and Jock Year One serves as an effective starting place for the new Ollie, and is a big inspiration for TV’s Arrow.
The above volumes collect Green Arrow #1 to #51 and Green Arrow Annual #1 from DC’s New 52.
Collects: Green Arrow: Rebirth #1, Green Arrow #1 to #5
Collects: Green Arrow #6 to #11
Collects: Green Arrow #12 to #17
Collects: Green Arrow #18 to #25
Collects: Green Arrow #26 to #31
Collects: Green Arrow #33 to #38
Collects: Green Arrow #43 to #47, Annual #2
Collects: Green Arrow #39 to #42, #48 to #50
Collects: Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target #1 to #7
Collects: Green Arrow #1 to #3
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