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Green Arrow, Vol. 3: The Archer's Quest

(Green Arrow (2001) (Collected Editions) #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,960 ratings  ·  58 reviews
New York Times best selling author, Brad Meltzer puts his own spin on DC Comics' adventurous archer, Green Arrow. Embarking on a journey through his past, the Green Arrow reflects on his decisions and actions as he goes about retrieving items of sentimental value from his past. He now must prepare for the future with his estranged son, Connor Hawke and longtime lover the B ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by DC Comics (first published December 1st 2003)
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Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Emerald Archer
4.5 stars

Yeah, that's the basis for this book. Do you know what a porn-buddy is?
It's that friend who, if you die, goes into your house and burns/deletes every last scrap of whatever embarrassingly deviant things you might have left behind...before your family finds it.
I know what you're thinking...


Only Ollie doesn't need anyone to burn his porn stash for him.
Get it? Porn Stache! Goddamnit, I'm hilarious!


Whatever. I'm funny.
Anyway, Ollie had a contingency plan to protect his family
Green Arrow was once dead but he's back. Hey, it's DC so we roll with it.

Arguably the best part of this graphic novel is Green Arrow focusing on his life, especially upon those who have "left" his life.

I don't think this would have moved me as much when I was 21 years old but in my middling years this tale had a greater impact on me.

Good artwork & written by Brad Meltzer which typically means there will be something profound (or a failed attempt to make it profound to the readers).

Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
This was just okay.

Again, it's fascinating that I've read so many DC books at this point with few interactions with the Arrow family. I know next to nothing about Connor and Mia. I know a little about Dinah and I'm slowly learning all that I can about Roy Harper. He is my baby and I've latched onto him because of Outsiders. I know quite a bit about Emiko from Rebirth and I actually really like that iteration. Aside from some moments in Identity Crisis, Rebirth Ollie is the only Ollie I like. I
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this tear jerker, author Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis) takes our intrepid hero on a cross country trip with his former sidekick, Roy (Speedy/Arsenel/Red Arrow) Harper, to find some personal items from his younger super-hero days. Along the ways, Oliver discovers a lot about himself, and the meaning of family, and what it means to be a dad.


Great stuff.
James DeSantis
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't think I read one thing I disliked from Brad Meltzer. He's a pretty awesome comic writer. So sad he doesn't have a huge amount of written products but this was another highlight for me.

So Oliver is back in the living world. Roy comes to visit his father figure and they decide to go on an adventure. At first the story is very mysterious but as it goes on you begin to gather what Oliver is after. Him collecting objects of his past and him kinda going down memory lane. If Kevin did the job
Jonathan Briggs
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, the book definitely gets oddity points for its introduction by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy. Brad Meltzer, who writes legal thrillers or something, takes over the chronicling of Green Arrow's adventures from that tubby bitch Kevin Smith. Can he alter my opinion of a hero I regard as one of DC's sillier second-stringers? Phil Hester's stiff, blocky art doesn't help. Neither does the storyline, yet another back-from-the-dead saga, as GA reminds us at the start of every chapter ("I was dead. I ...more
Joe Kucharski
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I know I read this story during its publication run. I think coming off Kevin Smith's inaugural arcs, the simplicity of the tale's scope made this forgettable. Fourteen years later, fourteen years wiser, and now a father myself, I find Brad Meltzer's simple story of remembrance and reflection should be placed high up on the pantheon of Green Arrow stories. Humor, action, forgiveness, regret, albeit with standardly-average Phil Hester art, "Archer's Quest" is one of those hidden character gems th ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
Oh, how I love thee, Green Arrow.

So Kevin Smith's reboot was the best first volume of any Green Arrow series I have ever read. Brad Meltzer wrote this third volume, but the story is still cohesive and still SO GOOD.

This was a very realistic superhero comic. Meltzer was not at all hesitant about getting into the mortality of our favorite superheroes. This was evident when Ollie said "Batman's gonna die, Roy." I'm not going to get into the plot much for the purpose of avoiding spoilers, but Green
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm reading out of order, as I find them.
The art is clean, with a simple feel with nice detail. There's an "art book" section in the back that's pretty cool. Someone tore a page out of this edition, jerks. My favorite panel is on 26, with both Green Arrow and Arsenal (4.0, with the orangey arrow/maple leaf thing on the front).

The story is outstanding. The concept is really cool, and I love how the author outlines how they came up with it in the back of the volume. I love how it manages to pul
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trust me, when Brad Meltzer writes a comic book, you'll want to read it. I would have rated this one higher, except that G.A. is not one of my faves. Don't get me wrong, it was an amazing story that I thoroughly enjoyed, but I like Meltzer's JLA stuff better. Also try Andy Diggle's Green Arrow: Year One
Danny Roe
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite of the four volumes I have read. It is a great insight in to the mind of Queen, along with exploring relationships with other characters. The volume also explains his feelings towards recently deceased characters and really helps you get in to the mind of Ollie. The artwork is incredible, and the action scenes are brilliantly done.
Tony Romine
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noted political thriller author Brad Meltzer took the helm of Green Arrow for 6 issues (after Kevin Smith finished his wildly popular run) with the story arc "The Archer's Quest". After returning from the dead, cleaning up the streets of Star City, and reconnecting with all his old friends and family, Oliver Queen has a new mission: to retrieve several memorable items from his past that he'd requested be destroyed after his death (which the executor of his last wishes failed to do). He does so b ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gns
I love superheroes, and have since I was a kid. In my teens and 20's, I was definitely a Marvel Girl, loving X-Men and all X-titles (including Excalibur).

I can to DC characters late, even though I loved Superfriends as a kid. I don't know when I got into Green Arrow, but having also loved Robin Hood since I was a kid, Green Arrow became a quick favorite.

Mike Grell did awesome work on Green Arrow in the late 70's/early 80's, setting Ollie apart from other superheroes. And the reboot with Kevin S
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember really liking this but couldn't much remember it any more. Glad to say it holds up. An homage to "Hard-Traveling Heroes," this time with Speedy. I'd forgotten this was actually Meltzer's first DC work, prior to Identity Crisis. There's really only one fight/action scene in this, with Solomon Grundy. It's more of a quiet, ruminative, emotional tale, with a nice wallop at the end, and it works! Imagine making this your comics debut in the early aughts as a successful novelist on the num ...more
Graeme Dunlop
This story follows directly on from Kevin Smith's resurrection of Oliver Queen, the original Green Arrow.

The good: same artist.

The other: A story that did not need to be told. With many holes, inconsistencies and WTF? moments.

It was nice to be back with Ollie, but the story didn't really move The Archer on. Except for giving him a fortune and a base of operations. Again.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Metzler consistently writes a good super hero story and the Archer's Quest is no exception. He pulls from the complete history of the character with a special emphasis on the hallowed ground of the Green Lantern/Green Arrow run of the 1970's and delivers a emotionally intelligent and well executed return for the emerald archer.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Archer's Quest

Archer's Quest is one of the finest Green Arrow stories written. It plays on the themes of family, friendship, and love. There is only one "villain" if you will but that's a surprise I'll leave for future readers and fans.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I was told I didn’t have to read the other two books to read this one but I felt a bit confused. Overall I think this was good little set up for something. I really love the TV show Arrow and want to get more into the comics.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
4.5 stars
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
The premise of this book just barely holds together. It's a snipe quest for artifacts that really should have been destroyed, and some of them are exactly the items that Ollie wants at this point in time.

Despite that weak beginning Archer's Quest is a terrific story. Part of that is Meltzer's marvelous use of DC continuity — not just old stuff, like Ollie's acceptance into the League, but also newer stuff from the '90s, like the reinvention of Shade and the introduction of Connor. Heck, Meltzer
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
The premise of this book just barely holds together. It's a snipe quest for artifacts that really should have been destroyed, and some of them are exactly the items that Ollie wants at this point in time.

Despite that weak beginning Archer's Quest is a terrific story. Part of that is Meltzer's marvelous use of DC continuity — not just old stuff, like Ollie's acceptance into the League, but also newer stuff from the '90s, like the reinvention of Shade and the introduction of Connor. Heck, Meltzer
Jul 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Not a bad idea, but lord this cements the current popular idea that 'Ollie is a complete jerk' equals strong, realistic characterization.
The way he goes about most of his quest is asinine and the pay off doesn't make him a flawed man trying to do the right thing, but instead makes you realize he's a self centered idiot that did most of his thinking with a certain part of his anatomy and can't deal with the responsibility that it might involve.

Shame as it also works to undo some of the decent st
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a very strong, character-driven Green Arrow tale. My favorite so far in this run.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: green-arrow, dc
Really great continuation to Kevin Smith's run on the Green Arrow. I really thought this was a character best suited to Smith because of the attitude he has, but now during Arrow's "revival", Meltzer found a compelling story to tell as Ollie is finding himself again as a human being, adult, man, and father to many. Really found this to be one of those comic stories that didn't have an ultimate villain or dilemma for Queen to solve, but actually a mission of personal interest and discovery that d ...more
Victor Orozco
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glorious. That is the perfect word to describe this set of stories.

After Oliver Queen's resurrection and return to the world he now begins a quest that has him put his life back on track. Ollie basically sets himself across the state looking at places that meant alot to him when he was alive, several keepsakes as well as making sure that if he does die again that he leaves behind something for the people he loves.

Without a doubt, for a comicbook to give an important lesson on mortality is unexpe
Sam Sills
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As I read this book I was unsure that Brad Meltzer had written what I wanted from this book. I was looking for plot twists and mystery like Identity Crisis. What I didn't know is that I was getting it and just didn't know it. Very emotional at its ending that hit home for me. Another great book by Brad Meltzer. I also enjoyed Phil Hester's and Ande Parks' artwork. Simple lines and clean. Just how I like good comic art. Strongly urge any comic fan to read this one!
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Green Arrow is my least favorite member of the Justice League, and this book only solidified that opinion in my mind. Because of the way Oliver Queen acts toward Green Lantern and Flash in this volume he comes off as too self-involved and reckless. The art, for the most part, is great but my God does Roy Harper look like a fat old man, pathetic even. This book is, in my opinion, only for the Green Arrow fanatics.
Scott Lee
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cool character driven issues. The whole volume only contains a single smack down in five issues. But we see who Ollie is as well or better than we ever could if he were facing someone down at death's door. Wonderful moments, with Ollie alone, with Kyle Rayner, Roy Harper, Dinah, Connor Hawke, just great character driven storytelling. Meltzer is fantastic.
Noah Soudrette
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Metzler provides us with a pleasantly emotional tour through the history of Oliver Queen on the heels of Kevin Smith's run. While much of the book is a trip down nostalgia lane, it's still very accessible to newer readers and, despite much of the histrionic posturing of the characters, very real. Recommended.
Chubistian De oteron
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As long as I liked Kevin Smith's run, I think there was not much emphasis on how Oliver would face his new opportunity in life. Here we have it, Queen is alive but he has a task still before he can start his new life. A perfect visit to the past while we prepare to the future, recommended for old and new readers, a emotional take on an extraordinary but "realistic" hero
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller lis

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