Green Arrow Rebirth 1 – 19

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #1
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

Out of all the new Rebirth series, this series seems to be the one most tied to its “Rebirth” one-shot because this comic starts off right where that left off and Benjamin Percy doesn’t really take time to explain what is going on which I think that is a mistake. But it is the only mistake really made here. We have Green Arrow and Black Canary back together and great art, the books seems to have regained its social conscience. In today’s political climate, it is important that Green Arrow be political. I think this was a good start and I was genuinely surprised by the cliffhanger ending, but I think I would be more surprised if I knew anything about his sister since I did not read New 52.

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Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

So everyone thinks that Oliver Queen is dead and he has apparently been framed by his company and his own sister seemed to be in on his murder. Black Canary is searching for clues and it all has to do with Ninth Circle group. Meanwhile, Ollie awakes from his coma and goes to his bunker. Honestly this was a little decompressed, not much happened to further the plot at all since last issue.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #3
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Juan Ferreyra

In both Aquaman and in this series we have met new Global criminal enterprises that supposedly control everything behind the scenes. I hope DC has these enterprises show up later on because it is very unrealistic if they only ever show up in this series. Anyways, I lke the Ninth Circle it is pretty cool. A bank for criminals and they all dress up like demons. That makes for some great visuals. Speaking of visuals, Juan Ferreyra’s art is breathtaking. DC better keep this guy around.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #4
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Juan Ferreyra

This book does lean rather heavily on the previous New 52 series, at least compared to the other Rebirth books. I am not sure what went wrong with Green Arrow and John Diggle in that book. Was Ollie a jerk before Rebirth or something? Also, whatever happened to Mia Dearden? Anyways, this was a beautiful issue and I find the Ninth Circle fascinating with their ship the Inferno and their scary baptism ritual.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #5
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Juan Ferreyra

This was a fantastic issue set aboard the incredibly drawn Inferno ship as Green Arrow, Diggle, Black Canary, and Emi undermin Shado and the Ninth Circle. I like that Emi has turned good again. She seems like an interesting character. Why not make her the new Speedy? I also really enjoyed the moment when Dinah realized Ollie was still alive. Classic Black Canary and Green Arrow moment.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #6
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Stephen Byrne

This issue beautifully drawn by Stephen Byrne goes back and forth in time and focuses on Emiko Queen. It was pretty good.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #7
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Stephen Byrne

In Japan, Emiko fights the Dragon to payback her mother’s debt. Meanwhile, we flashback to a time Ollie and her fought the Clock King. It was a good issue. This series has really lucked out by consistently having great artists.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #8
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

Ollie and Dinah reunited in this issue on what they thought was a deserted island but might not be. Percy writes a pretty natural dialogue between the couple that seems like a conversation they would really have and not cheesy at all.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #9
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Stephen Byrne

The island turns out to be owned and operated by the Ninth Circle who are shipping heroin from the Island in some kind of underground railroad. This issue dealt with the islanders having to sell out to the Ninth Circle and the ramifications of that but I feel like it never truly got to the meat of this dilemma before the story was dropped. I wanted to learn more about Ana and Ata.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #10
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Juan Ferreyra

The idea of a train that connects Shanghai and Seattle is insane but something that absolutely would happen in the DC Universe and that is why I love the place. This issue deals with people trying to prevent peace in order for the war machine to continue…something we deal all to much with in real life sadly. It was very good.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #11
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Juan Ferreyra

In this incredible issue the train is almost drowned on the bottom of the ocean but saved by the efforts of John Diggle, Black Canary, and Green Arrow. Also, it sure looked like Hillary Clinton was in Seattle as the President in this issue. Was this written before the election or is Percy saying that she got elected in the DCU. If only the real world were like the DCU.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #12
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

This was perhaps the best issue of this series to date out of a damn good series as Green Arrow sets up his new headquarters – a treehouse! That is sweet! And then saves some minorities from police violence, goes after an arch-conservative jackass, and had a shocking ending I did not see coming!

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #13
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

Ok this series has gotten better since it returned to Seattle and it was already good! Someone is framing Green Arrow for murder and the Arrow team is on the look out for who it is. Black Canary hilariously breaks into the police station like the badass she is while Green Arrow tries and fails to save a quarterback from being killed. Otto Schmidt is a fantastic artist and is perfect for this book.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #14
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Eleonora Carlina

In this issue, the mysterious archer turns out to be Merlyn….and how the hell I did not guess that I don’t know. For the Judd Winick run, Merlyn showed up every other story arc it seemed but I guess it has been a long time. It was cool to see him again. I loved the ending because I was getting sick of the cops believing Green Arrow was a psycho and needed some element of hope for him.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #15
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Juan Ferreyra

The Vice Squad makes their move attacking a prison and is only stopped thanks to Emika Queen who has returned to save the day calling herself Red Arrow. I was not a big fan of the name Red Arrow when Roy Harper had it…why can’t she be the new Speedy? Does Percy plan on bringing in Mia Dearden as Speedy?

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #16
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

Just as I was really getting to like Chief Westburg and it looked like he was going to become Green Arrow’s “Commissioner Gordon” it looks like Merlyn snuffed him out but I hope I was wrong. This was another incredible issue of Green Arrow. I am always impressed with this series.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #17
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Otto Schmidt

Westburg is sadly dead and Seattle has gone back to hating Green Arrow again. The douchebag got elected just like the douchebag got elected in real life. Oliver Queen calls Red Arrow a legacy name in this issue, does he remember Roy Harper’s time as Red Arrow or is he referring to the Arrow in his name? He sure says the last time he had a sidekick it ended badly but Emi doesn’t seem to be aware of Roy.  The other thing is they are hinting at Seattle being called Star City. Does Star City not exist as a seperate city in the DCU? If so, that annoys me. It should be it’s own place.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #18
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Eleonora Carlina

I remember a while back with the Keystone Pipeline controversy (which sadly the wrong side won) thinking about Roy Harper’s Indian Reservation origins and I guess great minds think alike because that is exactly what this issue focuses on as Roy and Ollie run into eachother at a protest at Roy’s home and we get flashbacks to their time as Green Arrow and Speedy. During the New 52 5-year-timeline how did they handle Roy and Ollie’s history? Was it acknowledged? I am sure glad the real DCU is back.

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Green Arrow (Volume 7) #19
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Eleonora Carlina

The Pipeline controversy where Arsenal and Green Arrow are finally fighting together is juxtaposed with flashbacks to their past and how they fell apart. I really like how Percy has written their partnership as being big brother to little brother when one is an irresponsible rich guy and the other is a depressed teen who believes he accidentally killed his Dad and has addiction issues. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.

 

 

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