Green Arrow #12

Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Otto Schmidt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 7, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 25
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

"EMERALD OUTLAW" part one! A major new storyline begins as Green Arrow returns to Seattle for a brand-new mission: reclaim the life he's lost. But with Oliver Queen presumed dead, his fortune obliterated, his sister Emiko missing and Seattle's police turning against him, death proves a bigger challenge than life for Green Arrow!

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 7, 2016

    Otto Schmidt's art and colors is just as lively and dynamic as ever making for a vibrant visual presentation. In its first year, Green Arrow has been one of DC's best reads. If the kickoff to Emerald Outlaw is any indication, Year 2 is going to be just as exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 7, 2016

    Green Arrow is smartly written, well paced and exciting every punch, kick, and arrow of the way. This issue sets up the story arc, has plenty of action, and enough good dialogue to enrich the characters and progress the plot nicely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Pwaelchl Dec 8, 2016

    Returning readers and those new to the series have a lot to look forward to with Percy and Schmidt. The first eleven issues of theGreen Arrow may have resulted in some hits and misses, but #12 lands a bullseye. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 9, 2016

    Green Arrow #12 is another rock solid installment and a great start to the new arc. It has the right blend of super-heroics, politics, action, character moments and fun to be the total package and one of DC's strongest books. If you haven't been reading Green Arrow, do yourself a favour and catch up…or at least get on board with issue #12. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Dec 9, 2016

    Green Arrow #12 ends the story on a chilling moment that brings the story right back around to those speaking about the vigilante on live television. This is going to change things massively for Ollie and co. This is probably the part where it gets worse before it gets better. The Emerald Archer's Rebirth run is definitely one of our favourites, it completely outshines plenty of other DC titles. If you're looking for a grounded hero at a disadvantage – we would seriously recommendGreen Arrow #12 – or just his entire current Rebirth run. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Crusaders - Inhuman Mongo Dec 13, 2016

    Given this is the beginning of a new story arc, it is a perfect time to join the Emerald Archer and Black Canary as they attempt to clear Ollie's name and reclaim his company. Considering the final few pages, this is going to be an increasingly difficult task. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 7, 2016

    Green Arrow #12 hit harder than so many other issues before and at the start of a new arc. The “Emerald Outlaw” is going to be a gut-wrenching storyline for everything that can go wrong when your enemy knows you almost as well as you know yourself. Reclaiming your life has never been a harder line of words to write till now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 8, 2016

    Is Green Arrow a perfect comic? No. But it is a damned good one and an inspiring read for those looking for a slice of hope in an imperfect world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Dec 7, 2016

    Overall, this is an enjoyable issue. The art is great, especially the colors. Percy manages to engage even though not much happens in terms of plot. The political commentary is well done and I enjoy the banter between the members of Team Arrow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 10, 2016

    While I'm unsure about Ollie and Dinah actually playing Robin Hood and Maid Marian from the woods, Green Arrow #12 does set-up an interesting next arc. Oliver Queen's name is already tarnished. What happens when Green Arrow's name is as well? Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Dec 7, 2016

    This has been a really enjoyable run thus far, and this opening issue to the new arc is no exception. It continues to restore the Green Arrow long-time fans know and love, it has just enough of a hint of the television support team and corporate villain that new fans can hop in and get a bit of something they recognize, and it looks terrific while doing all of that. Give it a shot, it's not a bad starting place either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 7, 2016

    I have been growing tired of this book lately and this story felt like deja vu all over again.  While I'm happy Oliver is back in Seattle, I hope that Ben Percy finds something new to do with him and fast.  Otto Schmidt's art may be worth the price of admission, but I want a good story as well.  Is that too much to ask for? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chip Chipperson Dec 18, 2016

    The rebirth series so far has been great and this loaded arc premiere looks promising as well

  • 8.5
    ArkhamJamie Dec 7, 2016

    [ART: 9.5 | STORY: 8.4 | WRITING: 8.2 | TOTAL: 8.7 (~8.5)] I've been really enjoying this series and this arc looks to continue that trend. A solid premise, great art (better than the cover) and some decent political undertones all aid this issue. My only gripe with the book is how it sometimes get a little heavy-handed about all the politics, but that's a minor quibble for an otherwise great issue.

  • 8.5
    ddf007 Dec 7, 2016

    This is a solid start to a new story plus I think Otto Schmidt's art is fantastic on this book.

  • 8.5
    Kitaru Dec 7, 2016

    Dinah and Ollie bring a new freshness to this comic, with this issue displaying the great teamwork and comedy they can bring together. I am not always a fan of political messages in comics, but I think this issue handled it nicely.

  • 8.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Dec 7, 2016

    It's not Mike Grell, but it was a really solid issue. Solid dialogue for the most part and very tight art by Schmidt.

    That said, sometimes, I suspect, Percy just tries too hard and comes across as self-patting over how progressive it is, which kinda detracts from the book.

    I've mentioned in the past, but it's biggest drawback is it can get too cute with how on the nose it is with its political leaning, and how easy it is to swallow depends on whether you take it at face value or as a joke (though I presume Percy was aiming for at face value). And I say this as a bleeding hippy liberal and registered democrat, so it's not like I'm trying to bash Percy for having an opposing ideology to mine.


  • 8.0
    stormgerlock Mar 17, 2017

    This was a really strong issue. I really liked seeing how Seattle was reacting to Green Arrow and how that will play into future issues.

  • 7.5
    Rick Jonez Dec 13, 2016

    This issue was much better than last issue. It was enjoyable for all the positive elements AiPT! - David Brooke lists in his review. Black Canary is a plus too. But not as thrilled with it as him or the last run as of yet.

  • 7.0
    Holyjiebus Dec 20, 2016

    Comic Book Reviews (7/10) "Good"
    Green Arrow #12 "Emerald Outlaw Part 1"
    Writer: Benjamin Percy
    Art/Color: Otto Schmidt
    Plot: Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Diggle are back in Seattle after shutting down the Ninth Circle and ruining the Transcontinental Railway. Ollie and his gang are setting up shop in the woods and plotting the downfall of Cyrus Broderick, the man who tried to kill Ollie and took his company. Now Ollie operates as a vigilante, while the public scrutinizes his activities...
    This issue felt like the comic was going back to the Rebirth story with Broderick and if you missed the island story arc, you probably would not have missed much if you pick up this issue. Still I can't say that this is the begi more

  • 9.0
    ak94 Dec 10, 2016

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Dec 11, 2016

  • 9.0
    Rico Dec 21, 2016

  • 9.0
    K5rem1140 Feb 1, 2017

  • 9.0
    Melkor Apr 1, 2017

  • 9.0
    LocoNasty May 11, 2017

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Dec 7, 2016

  • 8.5
    Afre Jan 15, 2017

  • 8.5
    VGCinema Apr 15, 2018

  • 8.0
    Rotivv Dec 7, 2016

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Dec 8, 2016

  • 8.0
    Nuckster77 Dec 27, 2016

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas May 3, 2017

  • 8.0
    ModestMoonMan Aug 5, 2017

  • 7.0
    EggMath Dec 8, 2016

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  • 6.0
    ComickerPerson Dec 7, 2016

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