Green Arrow #2

Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Otto Schmidt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 6, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 41
8.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

"THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OLIVER QUEEN" Chapter Two: In #2, Green 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.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jul 6, 2016

    So in one day, my wallet got hit twice: once for (Ollie) Queen and again for a crown. One I can highly recommend, the other I'm only going to strongly recommend you brush regularly and keep flossing. Personally, I am far more looking forward to getting additional adventures of Ollie Queen rather than any more crowns. DC has another Rebirth win in Green Arrow. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Jul 6, 2016

     I don't have enough words for this book or even a snarky rating system. Percy and Schmidt broke Oliver Queen so they could rebuild Green Arrow. It's brilliant storytelling. It's phenomenal art. It's a book I look forward to and can't wait to get more of.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 6, 2016

    Another tight issue in a series that's great at providing a great pace and a balanced story. Solid art, high stakes, and a Green Arrow with lots of woman problems makes for fun page turning. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Elliott Cole Jul 6, 2016

    Percy and Schmidt are wasting no time getting right into the thick of it in Green Arrow #2. In only three issues (including the Green Arrow Rebirth one-shot), they have managed to take the character of Oliver Queen back to a more traditional core, re-introduce some recent additions from Lemire's run, and then deconstruct the character by stripping away his reputation and excess of wealth. The fact that this all fits together so seamlessly is nothing short of impressive. So far, this solidly maintains its position in my top three books coming out of Rebirth and shows no sign of losing momentum. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 6, 2016

    Under this creative team, Green Arrow is solidly a must-read title. More impressively is the sense that the fun is only just getting started in whats looking like a definitive Green Arrow run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 7, 2016

    Who would have thought that Green Arrow would be the early front-runner for the best DC Rebirth comic? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 7, 2016

    Yes, there's a lot to digest and analyze in this issue, but it's worth every moment of your time and every penny. Green Arrow is not only one of the best Rebirth titles, it may be THE best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jul 6, 2016

    Overall, this another solid issue. The characters are all put into interesting places by the end and I am really invested in seeing where it goes. That is a really important compliment for a comic book, I think. The fact that I am so excited for the next issue means that the creative team is doing a really good job. I do think the issue needs a tiny bit more pay off and less teasing but it's still highly enjoyable. I definitely recommend picking the issue up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jul 6, 2016

    Now that he has settled in this revived version of Oliver Queen, Percy is beginning to lean on his wider influence once again. While the main source of antagonism is another shadow group, the not-too-subtle references to Dante Alighieri's Inferno make for some interesting illusions to Ollie's current downward spiral. More encouraging is that this time around, Percy has balanced the difficult task of putting an existing character into a new environment, but managing to balance the tensions between the old and new. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Tori B. Jul 6, 2016

    Overall, Green Arrow is a dream of a series with stellar talent on its team and one can only look forward to what they bring us next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 7, 2016

    Whilst the issue is relatively light of any actual Green Arrow action, we were still completely captivated from the get go. Especially when Black Canary does some detective work of her own, searching for answers. It's a great way of showing the audience that she's not just a love interest or sidekick. The panel in which she finds out that Ollie is missing was fantastic. She's stood on top of a skyscraper, looking down on giant ad board, and she looks magnificent. The artwork during some Ollie's hallucinations were hugely impressive, feeling like something out of a Neil Gaiman comic rather than mainstream DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 6, 2016

    Ben Percy continues kicking ass on this book and while I was afraid he was going to strip Oliver of everything, now that it's done and the way he did it has eased my mind a bit.  There is a ton of darkness surrounding Green Arrow nowadays and while we see the promise of old friends, it looks like Oliver is going to have to fend for least for a bit.  Otto Schmidt's art is stellar as usual and if you aren't reading this series, you should jump on now and enjoy the ride with me.  It may not be a nice story, but it's a damn good one! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 6, 2016

    Green Arrow #2 is a roller coaster of emotions for this being the second issue. Not too much hope we are getting here with the position Oliver has been put in, but how else do you evolve someone like him into the hero he needs to be if you don't first strip him of everything that blinds him to what he's truly fighting for? Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 6, 2016

    Overall, I don't think Green Arrow#2 is quite as strong as the issues that preceded it. That being said, reaching the heights of those two issues was a high bar, so the act that this issue even gets close is enough for me. It's still not too late to jump onboard, and honestly, I really think you should. Between Otto Shcmidt's incredible visual style and Ben Percy's character work, this could very well become one of the greatest runs on Green Arrow we've ever seen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 9, 2016

    There's still quite a bit of unanswered questions here, but the mystery is working for rather against the series' opening first arc. Even if I'm a bit concerned with the cult itself, I'm still very much still onboard with this new direction for the Emerald Archer. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew iung Jul 14, 2016

    Oliver has a long road ahead of him, between needing to come back from the dead and getting a handle on his life as he now knows it. Now that Oliver has nothing but his identity as Green Arrow, it opens up storytelling opportunities that have the possibility to teach him things that he may never have known because he always had unlimited resources. At the end of the issue Oliver has lost faith in himself and as he heads off he knows that people close to him the general public also don't believe in Oliver Queen. Regardless, Oliver still believes in Green Arrow and he knows that others will too. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 6, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jul 11, 2016

    Schmidt's art continues to make me swoon and the story still has a ton of potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comicsverse - Brad Sloan Jul 11, 2016

    Aside from the fantastic art in this rebirth run, its largest strength lays in the chemistry between Dinah and Oliver, so let's hope they get more scenes together in future issues. Other than that, GREEN ARROW Rebirth needs better pacing and further character development. Oliver's split personality has been interesting, but we don't need every character to come across that way. There is a ton of potential in this story and the villains seem menacing enough to create a compelling threat, so I hope it all pays off. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 7, 2016

    It's hard to penalize this book too much, with Ollie's progression being a bit of a necessary evil - and with art this spectacular, you can't really say you're wasting your money. Count on Green Arrow ramping up in a big way with future installments. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jul 6, 2016

    Im completely conflicted. I really want to like Green Arrow and I love the thought Ben Percy has put into this new shadowy organisation. There is a solid investment there that I think will fit perfectly into Green Arrow lore. However,  it's the direction hes taking the main character in that Im not sold on, and his execution of that direction is poor, disjointed and just doesnt make sense to me. In short, new bad guys: hell yes!; new Ollie Queen: oh no. Read Full Review

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