Review: Green Arrow #1

GA_Cv1_dsAs Oliver struggles with how he can fight “the man” when his huge fortune makes him the man, he and Black Canary uncover a deadly new threat to Seattle that cuts the Archer to the bone.

Green Arrow is back closer to his older self and his charitable/left bent is on full display in this issue which has the character focusing in on himself a bit to figure out who Oliver Queen/Green Arrow is.

Written by Benjamin Percy, Green Arrow #1 is a direct continuation of Green Arrow: Rebirth, so it’ll be helpful to have read that issue before this one. Joining him is the Black Canary whose stuck around and acts as the foil for Oliver to introduce her, and in turn us the reader, to his charitable aspects. Percy seems to very much be focusing on that dual aspect of the character, the philanthropist versus the vigilante hero. Lots of the issue is his setting up his philosophy, which is awesome to see.

The issue also looks to break down the character with some twists and turns that feel like Green Arrow mixed with the Scott Snyder “Court of Owls” Batman run. They both look to shake Green Arrow/Oliver Queen’s history, much like Snyder’s story shook Bruce Wayne/Batman. That focus is in ways a great back to basics that’s been missing for some time and here is front and center. Green Arrow is a left wing social justice warrior and Percy is acknowledging that… a lot. It’s something that makes Green Arrow and Oliver Queen stand out.

The art by Otto Schmidt is solid. I like the look and his take on the characters with a fantastic mix of dark and light for the series. This is a cool style, and I’m not quite sure how to describe it. There’s some action. There’s quieter moments. Schmidt handles them both very well with character designs that are unique and show off a solid amount of small details like a shrug or facial expression.

Green Arrow was a comic I was interested in seeing what it’d be like and if the social justice aspect would return. This issue and the previous Rebirth one now have me really interested in seeing where it’s going. If you’ve missed that aspect of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow, this is something you’ll need to check out.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Otto Schmidt
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

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