Review: Green Arrow #2

GA_Cv2_dsGreen Arrow is betrayed, broken and left for dead. He wakes up in a world where the once-wealthy Oliver Queen has no resources and only the faintest clue what’s happened to him. Meanwhile, in a distant land, an old ally begins a quest to help the Emerald Archer in his darkest hour.

In the first issue of Green Arrow, writer Benjamin Percy pulled the rug out from under Oliver Queen with having him betrayed and everything taken away from him. The second issue has Percy continuing it with the rest of the spiral down to the point of Queen hitting bottom.

Here’s the thing, I feel like we’ve seen this before. Queen loses everything. Goes back to basics. Then gets his name and fortune back. Rinse repeat. That’s what this feels like it is.

But, after years, what’s nice about it all is this is Oliver Queen doing that and being back to the social justice warrior that made him stand out and awesome over the years (minus the New 52). There’s even more mentions of this aspect of the character here, so it’s clear it’s a major building block of what Percy is doing.

Otto Schmidt‘s art style is pretty awesome. I really like it and it captures the dark, “rainy” style of the character and his city without it being a completely dark comic that you can’t tell what’s going on. The look of the characters remind me a bit of Batman the Animated Series, it’s just a very cool look that helps make the comic stand out from the other art styles we’ve seen in various Rebirth comics.

Rebirth is about taking the old and mixing it with the new for a new direction and Percy is nailing that so far. This really feels like more of the classic Green Arrow in many ways, but with updated storytelling. While we’ve seen this story before, I’m looking forward to seeing what Percy does, especially since he’s shown he gets the character so well.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Otto Schmidt
Story: 7.9 Art: 8.45 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

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