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Arrow, Volume 1

(Arrow CW TV Show Tie-in Graphic Novel #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  685 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Spinning off directly from the hit CW television series ARROW comes the Emerald Archerer in these digital-first adventures!

Show creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim team with some of the industry's best artists, including Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS), Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW: QUIVER) and others to fill in the gaps between episodes of one of TV's
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by DC Comics (first published September 13th 2013)
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Sam Quixote
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I must’ve been sleep-requesting on Netgalley because I have no idea why I’d say I wanted to read this book - I don’t watch the Arrow TV show and I’m not even that big a fan of Green Arrow as a character! Anyways, I said I’d review it, so here goes.

The format of this volume is 19 short stories roughly ten pages in length collected together - given that length they were probably digitally released originally. There’s no arc connecting them, they’re just random shorts featuring Arrow/Ollie Queen a
If you're interested in reading a real comic about the Green Arrow, then this is not for you.
This is meant to appeal to the tv audience who wants more of the show. I wouldn't recommend it for people who haven't been regularly watching Arrow, though.
Well, it isn't a recap of what's been happening. It's a graphic novel chock-full of 'extras' and 'filler'.
Personally, I didn't enjoy it at all. Mainly because I thought it was boring and pointless.
I've watched the show, but I can't say that
Personal note: This review was scheduled a month ago and I promised the publisher. So, this is my last review on Goodreads. I've unsubscribed to all notifications and emails, and I won't be logging into this account again. If you wish, you can find me on Booklikes, or the blog. Links are on my profile. Adieu.


Last year I was searching for something new to watch and decided to search the internets for recommendations. I started hearing buzz about Arrow and decided to give it a try. I loved the
Quentin Wallace
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the comic series tie-in the tv show and features new stories. It's almost like "deleted scenes" from the TV Show, and its pretty cool. This ties in to the first season of Arrow, and that was actually my favorite. I preferred it when he took the "Punisher" approach to crime rather than the softer approach he later adopted.

In any case, I recommend this series to any fan of the TV Show. If you like comics at all, pick this one up. And really, even if comics aren't your thing but you really
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Arrow is a CW's action-adventure tv series based on the DC character Green Arrow but rehashed much like Batman Begins. Marc Guggenheim wrote this companion graphic novel to complement the first 23 episodes of the tv series. If you haven't watch the full tv series, some of the content in this book can be spoilerish and out-of-place as it is intended to be a side story of sort that was omitted out of the television run.

If you followed the tv series, it also was filled with a lot of backstory but m
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first comic I've read since middle grade and I have to say, I liked it a lot! Not as much as I though I would, but that's probably because I'm more like a 300-pages-book type ;)

This comic is actually not the complete story. It is based on the show. This comic consists of short chapters that are extra's from the tv show. The drawings are very good, although sometime I had a hard time recognizing the people and stories. But that's probably all on me, because I already forgot like half
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
***3.5 stars***
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-comics
I'm a big fan of Arrow so after a repeat viewing of the underrated first season, I thought i'd bridge the time gap between the first and second seasons with this volume of untold stories. Unfortunately, just a few chapters in I was wishing i'd stuck to my tv fix. In fact, I only read the whole book due to a general habit of not leaving anything unfinished. Oh, and a handful of these "untold stories" rehash scenes from the show word for word, so the cover isn't entirely accurate.

That's not to say
Wayne McCoy
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Arrow Volume 1 is a tie in to the WB show Arrow that features the Green Arrow. The book features a number of mini-comics that tie in to episodes on the show. As such, there isn't really a cohesive storyline to this book since the comics are either prologues or add extra information to the individual episodes.

If you are a fan of the show, this book would probably go well with watching the episodes on dvd or on a streaming service. As a straight read this book doesn't make a lot of sense. It shoul
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This comic is compiled of a series of short stories that are based on the main characters of the TV series "Arrow". The prologue begins before the events of the island and slowly goes through events which are seen in episodes of the series. Then as each chapter progresses, you receive new stories about a different character. Mostly they are about Oliver, checking off criminals from his father's list but sometimes they have flashbacks from other people's point of view such as Moira Queen's and Jo ...more
Shatarupa  Dhar
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
For all Arrow lovers out there, it just seems like an extension of the TV series. Well, I am not a comic-book fan, but I too liked this from the makers/writers of the show. Though this may not appease the regular comics readers from what I have heard, but being a fan of the show only, anyone would love it!
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Prologue and 18 other short stories (8-12 pages). Though all the stories were connected to arrow TV series but I found them somewhere between average to good. Artwork was also nothing outstanding. I have read Arrow 2.5 and that one was a much better comics on every aspect. I liked Ollie-Tommy bonding in few stories but I missed felicity, she was not in any of the stories. I guess as it was their 1st try for CW TV series comics they learned quite a few things from it. They gradually improved afte ...more
Jessica Leigh
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Like the TV show waaaaay better though
Adam Clark
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very nice and some interesting side info for the series.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
DC comics and the CW have collaborated to put out a new comic book show based on the Green Arrow. This show is very different from the Green Arrow story I know and grew up with. There are similarities, but in the comics (at least before the New 52) Oliver Queen has no family when he returns from the island. He is completly alone which allows him some freedom to become the Green Arrow. He isn't tiptoeing around family to try to hide his secret. This book was put together as a direct tie into the ...more
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here

Now this is more like it..... An awesome book albeit a graphic novel after 3 okay books..... the odds are pretty good. Presenting Arrow Vol. 1 by Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Mike Grell.

Here is the summary of the book:

Spinning off directly from the hit CW television series ARROW comes the Emerald Archerer in these digital-first adventures! Show creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim team with some of the industry's be
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I actually give this 4.5 stars.
This year I started watching Arrow and when I was looking into purchasing the dvds, I was recommended this graphic novel. Of course I had to put it on my Christmas list! I read this in one sitting and while I did breeze through it, it was not what I expected. I figured it would have a lot more to do with the television show and it did, but it didn't in my opinion. I was a little confused as to where certain things fit in and whatnot. I just think that if they're go
Nessie McInness
Oct 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dc-comics
What a load of rubbish!
Now, I'm not the biggest Green Arrow fan: I only own vol 1 of the new 52 and I haven't even read it yet. I am a big Arrow fan though, and that's the reason why I bought this TPB.


Just NO

the stories are scattered (is this a companion to the Tv show?), uninteresting and boring. I have thrown this comic on the floor with frustration while reading it in bed, and I'm quite precious with my comics.

Stick with the show or maybe the Green Arrow comics, but not this rubbish. My p
Chris Lemmerman
A decent if unimportant compilation of stories set in the Arrow universe that are inoffensive enough that not reading them won't mar your enjoyment of the show itself, but enjoyable enough to seek out if you're a fan of the show. As you'd expect in an anthology collection, some of the 18 chapters are better than others, with everything being the epitome of mixed bag. There are none that stand out as poor in either the art or storytelling department, but again neither are there many that would be ...more
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
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I liked it. I was pretty consistent with the television show with a few deviations. Those deviations are what made it interesting and not redundant.

Penciling was great as with the color pallet of the comic. I would definitely recommend that anyone who likes comics take a read.

Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
loved it...I love Arrow even more now...yum yum yum..
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I felt a lit of deception rwading this book.

First, I haven't really followed the series, and I believed maybe that would give me an insight on if I should start it or not. This book didn't help me decide, since it left me very confused. The stories are very short and don't give a lot of explanation about what is going on to readers who are unfamiliar with the tv series. Also, there doesn't seem to be any link between the stories. For example, at some point we meet the Lance family, but the next
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2017
Okay... I feel the need to explain my quite high review for this collection. This is a very good companion to the Arrow television show. It is all these nice little extras and missing scenes that add context to the on-screen events. This doesn't really work as a stand-alone Green Arrow story and you would be quite disappointed if you read this expecting something along those lines.

So yeah, don't read this unless you are specifically a fan of the TV show.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Completionists, diehards
Clearly meant to be a show tie-in without any real standing power on its own. Some of the stories had good roots, but none of them had enough breadth to really cement a storyline. They simply tried to put too-many threads into one package. They introduce a bunch of characters and have some good backstory, but everything else just feels rushed. I'm hoping that, with that out of their system, the next volume has some storyline to follow. Or at least, a complete story in each issue of the volume.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this novel, was glad to see the origins of the white haired Asian whose name escapes me at the moment. I don't care what people say about this show or the graphic novels, I love the show and the character. Loyal fan until it concludes.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Having watched the series, this book was dull and gave no information about any of the Arrow acts of vengeance.
Lolly's Library
Okay, for my review, a few things should be known: I'm an unabashed, squeeing, fan-girl fan of the show Arrow (same goes with its brother, The Flash); I have a very sad and pathetic crush on the lead, Stephen Amell, mainly because of his salmon ladder pull-ups *hummina, hummina, hummina*; I'm deficient in any knowledge of classic Green Arrow comic history--my time at DC Comics was mainly spent communing with Wonder Woman. With those things in mind, here is my review:

Arrow: Volume 1 collects issu
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Since this is a graphic novel/comic book, I think it would be pertinent to assess it for both storyline and illustrations.

Storywise: Arrow Volume 1 is a compilation of eighteen different comics. Each one serves as what I can only describe as either a deleted scene or extended scene from the CW show, Arrow. This book is not intended for anyone who is not familiar with the show. Each individual storyline is somewhat disjointed from the next, but as an avid fan of the television series, I knew exa
Ashley Ferguson
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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I was really excited when I saw that there was a comic series that was a direct spin-off of the CW television show, ARROW. I love the show, and have been anxiously waiting for its return this fall, and figured this would be enough to tide me over until then. I hoped that it would delve a little more into the background of some of the minor characters and give more context for the show.

Although we do see some of the more notable characters (Moira, La
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: green-arrow
The first season of CW’s Arrow was a success and DC decided to see if they could enter the Arrow world into comics as well. I would say that they did a pretty nice job.

I have been following the show so I reviewing the book with this background. This book is a great companion to the show and my favorite chapters were those that filled in holes about characters or situations that the show didn’t fill. These chapters gave great looks into backstory for China White, John Diggle, Tommy and Laurel, as
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