Green Arrow has been through a lot since Rebirth started. On the good side, he’s back with Black Canary, undoing one of the DCNU’s many unpopular moves in their war on relationships (yeah, I’m biased). On the bad, he’s lost his company, been framed or all sorts of crimes, nearly been killed several times, his sister turned on him, and his old and deadly enemy Shado turned up again. Oh, and media creep strikes again, and now he’s friends with a black man named Diggle who has a Special Forces background.
Now, the media seems to have turned on the Emerald Archer as well. With nowhere else to go, Green Arrow has taken another page from Robin Hood’s book and is living in the forest, in this case the old growth woods outside Seattle, with Canary, Diggle, and a computer expert (not a cute blonde named Felicity). Now, Oliver’s creeping around the city, trying to reestablish himself while avoiding being caught. Of course, he’s still a hero, and takes some time out to help a few in need. The book ends on a bad note when someone uses one of the oldest tricks in the book to make Green Arrow look bad, and the sad part is it might well work.
Plot: It’s a decent story with GA and company trying to adjust to their new status quo. The end is a whole other campaign being launched against him. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5.
Art: The art is all right. Nothing stunning, nothing bad. And while it’s not the artist’s fault, I just don’t like the newest version of Black Canary’s costume. I’ll go 2.5 out of 5 for the art.
Positives: The Green Arrow is at his best when he’s sticking up for the little guy, and he does that here. Canary is sticking by him and making him keep seeing the bigger picture, which he needs.
Negatives: I know the weather in Seattle. His treehouse is gonna need a roof real soon. I’m also pretty sure that vines you can swing on don’t grow out there. The way they’re going after GA has been done before, a lot. I really hope they have an original spin on it.
I’ve been enjoying GA since Rebirth. As long as they keep him a hero and with Black Canary, I’m along for the ride.
Green Arrow #12
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: Nate Piekoso of Blambot
Cover: W. Scott Forbes