Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Otto Schmidt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 64
8.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Together again for the first time, the Emerald Archer meets Black Canary. Questioning everything Green Arrow believes in, Dinah Lance throws the hero's world upside down, forcing him to question what he cares about more: his morals or his money?
BULLSEYE: "Readers are aching for the reunion of Green Arrow and Black Canary, and we're finally going to give it to them." says writer Benjamin Percy. "Also returning? Green Arrow's goatee."

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jun 5, 2016

    This book left me feeling great. I was just excited about everything and that is the best feeling to have with comics and entertainment in general. It's everything I could have wanted and more. The plot, the characterizations and the art all just sing to me. I cannot wait to see what Percy has up his sleeve because he seems just as excited about this book as I am if not more so. While I thought his run on Green Arrow before this issue was okay, it really needed a spark of life and it has it in spades now. If you have felt disappointed by the Green Arrow comics or the television show Arrow lately, this will absolutely fill that void. I highly recommend picking this issue up because it is stellar. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - admin Jun 6, 2016

    Green Arrow Rebirth comes as comic that didn't know if it wanted to tell stories in the Vein of the uber gritty Longbow Hunters, or be more on the nose with both it's politics and superheroics like the Hard traveling heroes were. Percy and Schmidt however decide to blend both mixed in with their own take on the Rocker and the Archer who are throwing away the fame and fortune to fight corruption no matter what form it takes. Green Arrow is in my top tier set of heroes and this is the best that that the character has been since Arrow Season 2 and the Jeff lemire, Andrea Sorrentino run. This is the best comic I've read thus far this year and i'm hungrily looking forward to issue #1 of this series to start. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 15, 2016

    A great jumping off point for the Rebirth run of Green Arrow that doesn't require you to have previously read any of the comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 2, 2016

    In a lot of ways, this comic is the first true test of DC Rebirth. Can a series truly feel new and different when it retains the same writer from the previous volume? In this case, the answer is a resounding yes. Ben Percy's earlier Green Arrow run was by no means bad, but this issue immediately reaches a new level of quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 1, 2016

    Green Arrow introduces a wickedly creepy villain, a new underground group to haunt Seattle, and a new love interest for Ollie too. As far as Rebirth titles go this is on the right track. Green Arrow brings readers deeper into the creepy underbelly of DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 1, 2016

    Green Arrow Rebirth#1 is a great issue, both for new readers and those returning to DC. It sets up the start of Percy's run quite well, and introduces (or re-introduces, depending on how much Green Arrow you've read) legitimately interesting characters. Oh, and it's also nice to know that Emiko is still around! I kind of assume that she'd been written out after I dropped the book, and she wouldn't be around for Rebirth, but just knowing she still exists is awesome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 2, 2016

    A promising new era for Green Arrow has begun under the guidance of this creative team and I couldn't be more thrilled. Rebirth is four for four so far and I can only hope the trend continues. If so, lots of people are going to have some healthy pull lists. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jun 2, 2016

    Overall, Im left this week most excited about Green Arrow going forward. I certainly didn't expect that, which is the best surprise I can ask for. As I said, DC Super Heroes at its finest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 4, 2016

    I had barely heard anything about Benjamin Percy or Otto Schmidt before Wednesday, but that's just another way that Green Arrow Rebirth is a most welcome surprise. The art will floor you and the dialogue and character is spot on, bringing one - debatably two - of DC's oldest characters back to their roots and closer to their potential. Though it doesn't reinvent the wheel, this issue has heart and craftsmanship from front cover to back, delivering a textbook example of how to launch a series in record time. I'm so glad I gave this one a try, and I imagine there are plenty of you who will feel the same, whether you're jaded old fans looking for a taste of something fun again or rowdy Social Justice Warriors looking for heroes who aren't afraid to side with the downtrodden. Classic DC wonder and modern groundedness, the actual quality instead of the meaningless buzzword, collide here. If this is what DC means by a Rebirth, they may just deliver. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 4, 2016

    DC's Rebirth is off to a great start and Green Arrow Rebirth is a wonderful example of DC attempting to set things right, and for that I'm thankful and even more hopeful for what is coming. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jun 5, 2016

    Percy's portrayal of Green Arrow is spot on. Being a huge fan of the archer, I haven't been this excited to read a Green Arrow book since the Kevin Smith and Brad Meltzer runs. Schmidt's artwork is clean, his designs are great, and I look forward to the artistic path he takes us down as Green Arrow marches forward. This was my favorite of the Rebirth specials released this week, and it has me totally on board for the ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 1, 2016

    Of all the solo Rebirth books so far, Green Arrow made me the happiest.  Those that were worried that Rebirth would dampen Ben Percy's spin on Green Arrow can sleep easy while those that didn't like that in the first place may find that with a change of tone, everything is so much better.  I'll admit that I was in the later group and so far, I'm sold.  It seems that by writing a socially and politically aware Green Arrow that is still fun, Ben Percy and Green Arrow fans can have their cake and eat it too.  I like cake and I am happy to once again be able to say, I like Green Arrow. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 1, 2016

    Overall, Green Arrow: Rebirth leaves me optimistic for the future provided Percy and Schmidt (and eventually Ferreyra) give Ollie and Dinahs relationship the fresh start it deserves. And that doesnt mean relegating the Black Canary to sidekick status or Green Arrow to guest star in his own book. It means like any great relationship a challenge of equals. Like the best of times with the couples early days, Ollie and Dinah should make each other better. So far, so good. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Derek Spicer Jun 6, 2016

    I loved Green Arrow: Rebirth #1. I look forward to seeing how the story plays out, and how Percy will bring Ollie and Dinah's romance back to life. Percy brilliantly balances the piggish, obnoxious side of Oliver Queen with his more caring, protecting side all while not sacrificing any part of the Green Arrow persona. The art needs some polishing. They can still go for that grittier style without sacrificing aesthetics or color. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jun 1, 2016

    Despite that rocky beginning, Oliver and Dinah eventually realize they make a pretty good superhero team after they infiltrate an underground human trafficking auction and promise to bring down the whole ring. That wouldn't seem like the sexiest of circumstances to the average person, but with Percy's dialogue and Otto Schmidt's gorgeous art and colors, it seems like these characters are engaged in the most exquisite form of foreplay. Those final panels, where Dinah and Ollie stand so close, feel filled with both romantic and narrative potential. I can't wait to see how it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 1, 2016

    I had no idea what to expect going into this book considering the struggle I had with the New 52 version and I found myself treated to a reworking of what I had grown up with to some degree with what I've been experiencing with the core/first season of the Arrow TV series. That feels like a good mix of things all wrapped up in some fantastic artwork from Otto Schmidt. As a way to reconnect with the characters and establish the tone and intent of the series, this Rebirth book hits all the right notes as it makes it engaging and accessible. Some of it feels a little heavy-handed, as politics and partisanship always does in superhero comics, but the overall work is one that has me really interested in revisiting it down the like. If it was a monthly book I'd be all over it but bi-weekly books are just not my thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 1, 2016

    Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 has so much potential following this Green Arrow who feels more familiar. He's growing as a person, and we surely want to watch as this relationship between him and Black Canary develops as well. Definitely a must read alongside the other Rebirth debuts which so far have not disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - Brian Delpozo Jun 5, 2016

    Overall, I would give GREEN ARROW REBIRTH #1 a hearty recommendation to fans of the classic Green Arrow characterization and his relationship with Black Canary. I would simply advise that they read the issue as a character piece and prelude to the upcoming series as opposed to a fully developed story in its own right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 1, 2016

    Overall then, this is definitely a great jumping-on point for Green Arrow, and provides an intriguing, accessible and character-focused standalone issue. While there isnt a huge amount of meat on those storyline bones just yet, the pieces are definitely being put in place for what should be a fun series, and the artwork is almost worth the $2.99 cover price alone. You can definitely count me in with this one – for the time being, at least. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 1, 2016

    Green Arrow: Rebirth is everything Green Arrow fans have been wishing for. Black Canary fans will be pleased to see that Dinah Drake has not been turned into a damsel in distress or a “plus one” for the sake of making Green Arrow look better. It isn't perfect but it is a good first step in the right direction after years of erratic treatment for both heroes. And as far as the DC Rebirth line in general goes, this is an encouraging first step. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 1, 2016

    You can count me on board for this new direction for Green Arrow. This is what Rebirth was meant to achieve. Benjamin Percy has captured the essence of classic Oliver Queen and I can't wait to read more, especially if Black Canary continues to be a part of it. Otto Schmidt's are and colors really works for me. I used to just read Green Arrow off and on. I'll definitely be reading it month to month now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 2, 2016

    It's back to basics for Green Arrow: Rebirth #1, and it feels so right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 3, 2016

    Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 is a solid issue that resets Ollie and Dinah, clues the reader into the new status quo, and blends a bit of both the classic and recent interpretations of the characters for something new. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 4, 2016

    Taking cues from both classic and new-school Green Arrow, returning Dinah and Oliver's loudmouthed agenda, to great effect... This'ns a winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jun 6, 2016

    As a whole, "Green Arrow: Rebirth" #1 is a breath of fresh air. Black Canary and Green Arrow's team-up is a dynamic delight, and I can't wait to see this artist tackle some more fight scenes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - Critical Blast Staff Jun 8, 2016

    Of the four Rebirth books that came out this week, this was probably the best of the batch. Did a great job establishing the new status quo for Green Arrow and Black Canary. You get a nice full story here, though it might have been a little too easily resolved. And the art is kind of generic. But, the characterizations are spot on, and it's great to see Ollie and Dinah back together! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Ashayla Webster Jun 10, 2016

    As a long term Green Arrow and Black Canary fan, I put this comic down with a big smile plastered across my face and the desire for a new leather jacket. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew iung Jun 11, 2016

    Thanks to Rebirthlove is in the air and that makes it an exciting time for our heroes. Percy and Schmidt with this one shot alone have laid the groundwork for what looks to be a promising beginning for Oliver and Dinah. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Project-Nerd - Pat Jun 11, 2016

    I will undoubtedly be picking up the next issue of this comic because Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt are too good a team to pass up just like Green Arrow and Black Canary. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 1, 2016

    The issue has me wanting to see what comes next and has me interested in checking it out. While it feels more like a fresh start than some of the other Rebirth titles, it achieves its goal in getting me interested. It looks like Green Arrow is going back to being the Social Justice Warrior, and that's something I can't wait to see in comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 1, 2016

    The writing is sharp (no pun intended) from Percy, and the artwork from Otto Schmidt is delightful and quirky. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 3, 2016

    All that being said, this is a step up for Green Arrow in many ways. Theres a fun rhythm and coherency to the book that has been lacking in all of the characters New 52 appearances sans Lemire. It is the best solo Green Arrow comic I have experienced in quite some time, but there are still some noticeable warts that keep this from becoming a must read Rebirth title. A little less obvious characterization and a lot more plot logic can save this title from becoming another forgettable chapter in Green Arrow history. Read Full Review

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