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Green Arrow #1

Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Otto Schmidt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 15, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 51
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

As 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.
THEY SAID IT: "My touchstones are [former GA writers] Dennis O'Neil and Mike Grell, while trying to make the series my own," says writer Benjamin Percy. "Green Arrow will be a politically and culturally relevant series. Expect stories that aim a broadhead into the zeitgeist, that are ripped from the headlines."

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 17, 2016

    If anything, this book proves that a "#1" doesn't have to pick one option when it comes to establishing characters, staging huge action pieces, or laying the foundation for a new storyline; it's so common that someone favors one heavily over the others. Percy, however, does all three exceedingly well while finding the right balance. Although we're still in the first month of the Rebirth initiative, it's clear cut that Green Arrow is among the best titles currently published by DC. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jun 15, 2016

    When Percy first took over the New 52 version of Green Arrow, he had an equally strong start, but eventually got lost in an odd tension between horror and his clear love of Green Arrow's background. Here we see something completely different, a flat out classic depiction of a character that owes just as much to his current history as it does to its long legacy, never compromising either. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jun 15, 2016

    Despite some minor complaints, I think this is an excellent issue. It continues the story, characters and themes all in an interesting way that I found to be captivating and fun. The art is great and there is a cool action scene that starts the book off. Green Arrow continues to be the highlight of Rebirth so far. I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Jun 16, 2016

    In a market saturated with the big three of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, it's nice to see some other Justice Leaguer's grabbing a bit of the spotlight. Green Arrow #1 matches the quality of the Green Arrow: Rebirth one-shot and continues full steam ahead with a strong opening arc. Green Arrow is cool again. Check him out as he re-enters the spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 15, 2016

    If this is how the Percy and Schmidt are bringing in new and old characters, what else do they have in store for us? We'd love to see some classic characters from the decades old history that Oliver Queen has. It seems like these writers have this version of Oliver Queen completely on point. We can't wait to see where they take the development of his character. It's blatantly obvious that his trust issues are going to be completely obliterating to his morale after the cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Jun 15, 2016

    Green Arrow #1 is the opening chapter of a grand love story set against the backdrop of a superhero saga. Otto Schmidt is incredible on the art and colors while Benjamin Percy seems like he's got a story to tell. I'm in for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 15, 2016

    The pleasant surprise that is Ben Percy's Rebirth run of Green Arrow continues and I couldn't be happier.  This issue throws some old and familiar faces at fans, but that doesn't mean everything is coming up Millhouse...far from it.  The veil is lifted on the Underground Men, but after the twist ending, I'm not sure who will be around to deal with them.  Otto Schmidt's art is a perfect compliment to this story and it's main character and if you've been waiting for a good Green Arrow book to jump into, this is it.  Highly Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Geekindad Jun 15, 2016

    Green Arrow #1 set's up what is sure to be a great adventure into the underbelly of crime, exploring the masks we all wear, not just the good guys and bad. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 15, 2016

    Green Arrow #1 was a great read. There are aspects of Ollie and Dinah's relationship that will certainly need more examining, but I like where this comic is headed. The final pages hit like a hammer, and I'm ready for Green Arrow #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jun 15, 2016

    Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 surprised me the most of all the new DC debuts so far, and I'm glad to say this week's subsequent #1 issue is just as enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 16, 2016

    The relaunched Green Arrow has been the most pleasant surprise of DC Rebirth thus far. It's amazing how a little facial hair and left-wing diatribes can do so much to make Oliver Queen feel like his pre-New 52 self again. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 15, 2016

    Green Arrow #1 sets the tone for what we can expect from this first arc and it will be groundbreaking. Read it for Ollie growing into a better person, his developing relationship with Dinah, and where he goes from here after getting hit harder than he has in the past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 15, 2016

    Look, it is unfortunate thatGreen Arrow#1 has some issues that weren't present in the Rebirth one shot. However, the issue still manages to be really, really fun. The plot is unfolding in an interesting manner, despite some pacing issues. And, in spite of a few awkward bits of dialogue, the writing is really good. When it comes to Schmidt's art, I really can't think of a caveat. It just looks great. All in all, this definitely feels like a Rebirth title you should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew iung Jun 16, 2016

    The development feels just a little pushed in comparison to the last issue with Dinah leaving in such a hurry; however, it doesn't take away or distract from the larger story. Getting to see Oliver take on even the slightest responsibility for the company with his name on it is a promising change of outlook for his character. On the last page Oliver was left in pretty bad shape, once the dust clears here who knows whats in store for not only Oliver and his family but his future with Dinah as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Jun 16, 2016

    I like Schmidt's art as well. We get to see a smooth layout of characters and actions. I really enjoyed how Schmidt made the arrows stand out, especially when they get jammed into people (which there is a lot of in this issue). Seeing Oliver and Dinah's chemistry back in this book, especially in the beginning stages, is a great aspect and thread to follow for this series. Hopefully we'll see more of these two together. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 15, 2016

    "Green Arrow" #1 takes the basic ideas in "Green Arrow: Rebirth" #1 and uses them as a foundation for a strong first issue. This is what I was hoping to see in a "Green Arrow" series and I'm all on board for what happens next. More importantly, I'm glad this book releases twice a month now, so I don't have to wait quite so long to find out what happens. This new "Green Arrow" series is a keeper. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 21, 2016

    In Green Arrow #1 Percy reintroduces a classic GA villain and also features a shocking betrayal and more action than you can imagine in twenty pages. Otto Schmidts art and colors are absolutely stunning as these two creators that I never heard of just a month ago are starting something that seems truly special. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jun 15, 2016

    However, he'll have to figure out what the hell happened with Emiko first. When Oliver's half-sister first showed up, she was a bit of a humorless hardass. Over the last year, however, she's become an integral part of the story, reminding Oliver of his humanity and pushing him to think of someone other than himself. So it was unnerving and somewhat baffling to see her shoot Oliver through the chest out of nowhere. Her final line to her mother Shado suggests her time with Oliver has been one long con, but it's frankly a little difficult to buy the idea that she's just been hanging around and hating every minute on the off chance she ever needed to take Oliver out. There hasn't been quite enough antagonism or mistrust between them to sell thator maybe there has. Perhaps I need to look farther back than just the beginning of the issue for clues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 21, 2016

    Although the issue starts off celebrating the good Ollie is doing in the city, it ends on downward spiral as betrayal after betrayal is likely to have lasting ramifications for the Emerald Archer in the coming months. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 15, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 15, 2016

    Green Arrow fans have a lot to talk about after this issue! If anything this was the Rebirth issue Green Arrow needed as there are major reveals, surprising twists and a cliffhanger that changes everything. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - C.W. Lyons Jun 15, 2016

    Green Arrow #1 packs a punch with its compelling storytelling and creative use of color, which almost acts to timestamp the story as it progresses. While the artwork at times seems rough and unpolished, Green Arrow #1 is well worth the read. I'd recommend collectors upgrade to the Neal Adams variant cover, which is visually far superior to the standard cover. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Jun 15, 2016

    Ultimately, I enjoyed this issue, although not quite as much as the Rebirth special. It is a great return to form for the character, and it easily sets up for an ongoing story that could potentially last for quite a while. The only real negative that I felt with this issue was the ending cliffhanger that seems to want to eliminate some of what happened during the New 52 series, things that I actually quite liked, but as with any cliffhanger in a comic, we will have to wait and see what comes out of it. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comicsverse - Kenny Coburn Jun 19, 2016

    If this were the fifth issue of the new GREEN LANTERN series, it could have been amazing. Unfortunately, there isn't enough here to make us care about these characters and the seemingly bi-polar decisions they make. The artwork is great, but the indecisive tone of the tale really holds the story back. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum Jun 15, 2016

    *Editor's note: They did cancel the series, we know that so save a tree and skip the comment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Jun 19, 2016

    Green Arrow #1 has potential, but most will probably want to wait to see how this develops. This issue is recommended for Green Arrow fans only, people that really know the character's background even though this is a Rebirth" Shit, there's some good material inside for those needed their Aroow fix. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 15, 2016

    Overall though, I still have high hopes for this series as it moves forwards.  As I mentioned, some of the themes brought up have some real meat to them, and the fact remains that it looks great (something which is only going to continue when Ceej favourite Juan Ferreyra starts tagging in from issue four).  It remains to be seen whether the clunky dialogue and full-sprint narrative flow can resolve themselves, but based on the strength of the Rebirth issue, Im willing to call this a minor blip rather than hitting the eject button for the time being, at least. Read Full Review

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