Pardon my language but... holy shit!
This issue of the miraculously revived Green Arrow doesn't feature your conventional "holy shit" moment, like a, say, Red Wedding or Avengers Arena #10, but instead it features what can only be described as a revelation for Green Arrow as a series, character and property that quite bluntly points out what the Oliver Queen has been - - missing for 80-ish years: a mythology.
Thanks to Jeff Lemire Green Arrow is now part of something bigger, and I don't mean the Justice League. No, with this issue Lemire introduces The Outsiders "seven houses, seven clans, all formed around a totem weapon --the arrow, the spear, the fist, the shield, the sword,the axe, and another long ago lost and forgotten". Andrea Sorrentino (who gets more amazing with each issue) provides each of the clans its own icon, a simplified sigil representing the weapon and the the family, all of which excites me in a way I rarely yet excited about when Green Arrow is involved.
The Arrow television programme has redefined the character, rebuilding him off of Andy Diggle's excellent Year One series. Aways a B-lister at best having his own successful show raises his profile to Wonder Woman, Hulk and Captain Marvel (Shazam) levels so his comic really needed to match that, making him younger, more reckless... the old Ollie Queen was an extreme leftist, a crusader and TV Ollie is much of the same. New 52 Ollie is in search of his, but it seems to be finding him wheter he's prepared or not.
Diggle's Year One island is now the centerpiece of the character. On TV the island represents a third to a half of the show. Here Lemire uses it as well as integral background for Ollie's transition from society lad to vigilante. But now he's on a quest of discovery and Lemire is bringing something new to the table which could be as important an addition to him as the Lantern spectrum was to Green Lantern.
It will be interesting to see what DC characters fill in the slots for the totem weapons, although Ollie meets minor DC character John Butcher (the axe) here.
I love where this is headed. DC's not doing too much right these days but they have a winner here. This is new, fresh, interesting relaunch of a character the best they've done so far outside of Wonder Woman.