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)
III) Green Arrow 1980’s Classics
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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
Silver Age Green Arrow
The Jack Kirby Omnibus Vol. 1: Starring 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!
Showcase Presents: Justice League of America Vol. 1
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.
Showcase Presents: Green Arrow, Vol. 1
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.
Green Arrow / Green Lantern by Neal Adams & Denny O’Neil
Green Lantern / Green Arrow Vol. 1
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.
Green Lantern / Green Arrow Vol. 2
All told, collected issues include Green Lantern #76 to #89.
Green Arrow 80’s Classics
Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters
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.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
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!
Green Arrow Vol. 1: Hunter’s Moon
Green Arrow Vol. 2: Here there be dragons
Green Arrow Vol. 3: The Trial of Oliver Queen
Green Arrow Vol. 4: Blood of the Dragon
Green Arrow Vol. 5: Black Arrow
Green Arrow Vol. 6: Last Action Hero
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.
Green Arrow: Don’t Call It a Comeback (Early 2000’s)
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
Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest
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.
Green Arrow Volume 6: Moving Targets
Collects Green Arrow #40 to #50
Green Arrow After Infinite Crisis
Green Arrow Volume 7: Heading Into The Light
Green Arrow Volume 8: Crawling Through The Wreckage
Collects Green Arrow #51 to #65
Green Arrow – Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood
Green Arrow: The Road to Jericho
Following Green Arrow #75, DC’s collected Green Arrow jumps to a team-up Green Arrow/Black Canary series.
Green Arrow And Black Canary
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Road to the Altar
Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding Album
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Family Business
Green Arrow/Black Canary: A League of Their Own
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Enemies List
Green Arrow / Black Canary: Five Stages
Collects through Green Arrow/Black Canary #30.
New 52 Green Arrow Reading Order
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.
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I need now what i read after the end of “green arrow Rebirth”, i know than he appears in the new chekmate and in justice league, but i don’t know the right order to read, if you can tell me, i’m grateful
I noticed that here, Batman, & Nightwing are missing their Rebirth stuff, i haven’t checked others but that’s a concern to me
I’ve only ever read the Longbow Hunters and maybe 20 or so issues in the subsequent run. It’s fantastic! If you read nothing else you will hold Green Arrow in high regard and weep that the TV show didn’t simply adopt this storyline.
Ollie is my favorite male DCU super-hero, but I’m very particular about how he should be portrayed.
And being a contrary sort, I actually HATE Longbow Hunters, not just for its gratuitous implied rape of Black Canary and the added loss of her powers, but also for Ollie losing a lot of his orneriness and sense of humor…and that stupid new costume, which Kevin Smith later had Ollie make fun of in one issue of his mostly excellent 15-issue Green Arrow run (thank you, Kevin.)
I also hate the Arrow TV series, because I don’t ever like it when Ollie is portrayed as a “beardless youth.”
Nope, to me the REAL Ollie is the one from the 1970s. Denny O’Neil’s Ollie from the GL/GA book is the template for every subsequent version, although he also had plenty of good moments in JLA, especially from issue 100 through issue 200. John Ostrander, being the huge talent that he is, also got Ollie right in the JLA Incarnations mini-series. And I like Andy Diggle & Jock’s Green Arrow Year One, although it’s not quite as good as their collaboration on the Vertigo version of The Losers, to my mind one of the most under-appreciated series that DC has ever released (yes, I know it has enough of a following to have been made into a movie, but the filmmakers stupidly left out a crucial supporting character.)
Finally, a couple of minor omissions I noticed: the first three Denny O’Neil/Mike Grell issues from when Green Lantern/Green Arrow re-teamed in the mid-1970s (Green Lantern 90-92), and the Mike W. Barr/Trevor Von Eeden Green Arrow 4-issue mini-series from 1983. Neither of the above are absolutely essential, but they’re both decent reads and will probably never be collected, so they’re worth seeking in the bargain bins.
I was just looking for GA reading orders when I saw this, and thought I would have to skip out on Ollie until New 52. Thanks so much for making this!
Nice, enjoy the comics!