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Green Arrow is a 2011 relaunch of the DC Comics hero as part of the New 52 publishing initiative.

Like many comics published during DC's New 52 initiative, much of Green Arrow's history and background as a superhero were wiped clean. A new series was launched, initially written by J.T. Krul, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen. After leaving the comic with issue #6, however, the title was taken over by Ann Nocenti from issues #7-16.

Faced with dwindling sales, Jeff Lemire was given creative control of the struggling title, beginning with issue #17, in hopes of giving it a much-needed direction. The artwork was done by Andrea Sorrentino.

Running from issues #17-34, Lemire's duration on the title proved to be incredibly rejuvenating to the series. Further wiping the slate clean and ignoring much of what had come before, Lemire's run focuses heavily on a Myth Arc and extensive lore that was entirely new to the character, while re-introducing key members of Oliver's Rogues Gallery in new and interesting ways.

The series would then be taken over by Andrew Kreisberg, one of the showrunners of the Green Arrow TV series Arrow, and Ben Sokolowski, a writer on Arrow, for a five-issue story arc from #35 to #40, featuring the return of Mia Dearden as well as the comic introduction of Felicity Smoak, a character created in Arrow.

Finally, following the conclusion of Sokolowski and Kreisberg's story arc, the title would be taken over by Benjamin Percy for the remainder of its run from issues #41-52.

Running from 2011 to 2016, from issues #17 to #34, the series served as a high mark for the character's history during the highly divisive New 52, especially Lemire's duration on the title. Further aided by running concurrently with Arrow, the highly-acclaimed take on the character helped to elevate Green Arrow out of relative obscurity.

The series would then be relaunched with the advent of the DC Rebirth initiative in 2016. For more info see Green Arrow (Rebirth).

Green Arrow (2011) provides examples of:

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  • Affirmative-Action Legacy:
    • A villainous version. The original Clock King was white. This version is African-American.
    • Additionally, the new version of Red Dart is a young adult woman.
  • Canon Immigrant: Cast members from the Arrow TV series made their way into the comics, including John Diggle, Felicity Smoak (who is in the comics but was completely different), and Tommy Merlyn.
  • Canon Immigrant: John Diggle was originally unique to the TV series, the New 52 introduced him to the comics.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted, as following Flashpoint, Oliver's age is given as 25-26.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • Walter Emerson, the CEO who attempted to take over Ollie's company.
    • Komodo, who actually does take over Queen Industries, and liquidates it, and after framing Ollie for murder, sets on hunting him down now that he's without any form of aid.
    • John King, who tries to take over Seattle and destroy Oliver Queen in both his identities in the Kingdom arc.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not discussed in any detail, but Felicity Smoak did a lot of bad things and apparently double-crossed The Cheetah at one point.
  • Expy: Emiko Queen is one for Damian Wayne from Batman. Both were trained as assassins for the purpose of killing a family member who was a superhero and both wound up becoming snarky teen sidekicks to said hero, who complained about not being allowed to kill. She's developed a personality under Benjamin Percy, though now she's said to be an expy for Kate Bishop from Hawkeye, which is ironic considering Kate was said to be an expy for Mia Dearden when the Hawkeye (2012) book first came out.
  • Faking the Dead: In the New 52, Robert Queen did this, to keep his family safe from Komodo, and be free to plot against him.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Eddie Fyers post New 52.
  • Gadget Watches: Uses weaponized clocks and watches to attack his victims.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: It is never confirmed if Felicity Smoak dyed her hair like her television counterpart (for what it's worth, she has black hair as a Firestorm supporting character pre-Flashpoint), but she is still depicted as a blonde who didn't quite have it in her to be a hacker mercenary for hire.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: After having a full-fledged Heel–Face Turn during Chuck Dixon's run, Eddie Fyers is back to being a villain again.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Felicity Smoak admits to having committed a lot of crimes in the past but wants to make up for it by helping Green Arrow.
  • Legacy Character: Post New 52, there are two Merlyns running around, Malcolm and his son Thomas, the latter was hired by John King but has otherwise been less prominent than his father.
  • Long-Lost Relative: In the New 52 volume, Oliver discovers that he has a younger Japanese half-sister sister named Emiko.
  • Not Wearing Tights: The New 52 gave several older villains some more street level redesigns (e.g. Clock King is reimagined as a Tattooed Crook).
  • Playful Hacker: Felicity Smoak, eventually.
  • Put on a Bus: Felicity Smoak completely disappeared from the Green Arrow comics (along with Mia Dearden and all of Oliver's support team apart from Emiko Queen) after the conclusion of The Kingdom.
  • Race Lift: The New 52/Rebirth version is an African-American crime boss/inventor who can build bombs disguised as clocks.
  • Remember the New Guy?: John Diggle is described as working with Ollie during very early his Green Arrow career, before leaving after a disastrous encounter with Richard Dragon.
  • Retcanon: The success of Arrow has lead to several aspects of the show being introduced to the New 52 Green Arrow mythos-
    • John Diggle and, more recently, a new version of Felicity Smoak, have been introduced in roles virtually identical to those they had on the show.
    • The idea that Oliver was stranded on the island for years, and that the island, far from being deserted, was the site of a conspiracy that Oliver gets involved with.
    • Oliver's parents, Moira and Robert Queen, who were never particularly important in the comics, become more important, following on from their portrayals on the show. In particular, the latter is significantly involved in Green Arrow's origin, much like on the show.
    • Felicity Smoak was originally a Firestorm supporting character, a version closer to the Arrowverse version was introduced into the comics in The Kingdom arc.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Averted with Count Vertigo, as the New 52 changed his surname to Zytle.
  • Tattooed Crook: The New 52 incarnation of Count Vertigo sports a hypnosis spiral tattoo on his torso.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: John Diggle with Ollie.
  • Wham Episode: In the first issue of Jeff Lemire's run once he takes over the New 52 title, Emmerson is killed off, Queen Industries is taken over and liquidated, Q-Core is destroyed, Jax is killed and Naomi is kidnapped, and Oliver meets Komodo, an archer who's skill excels his own, and Magus, a mysterious and cryptic being with no eyes. The series changes a LOT from that point... but not in a bad way.

    J.T. Krul, Dan Jurgens, and Keith Giffen's run (Issues #1-6) 
  • Acid Attack: Midas' touch is extremely corrosive; capable of slowly melting away at structures and dissolving projectiles (such as arrows).
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: It seems likely that Light will become this.
  • Badass Normal: Rush is the only member of his gang that does not have superpowers, and the gang hunts and kills metahumans for fun.
  • Bare Midriffs Are Feminine: Limelight's Civvie Spandex outfits include strapless bustiers that leave their bellies bare.
  • Beast and Beauty: Midas is partnered with the gorgeous android Blood Rose.
  • Berserk Button: Harming Blood Rose will send Midas into an unstoppable rage.
  • Boxed Crook: After being jailed, Limelight were recruited into the Suicide Squad.
  • Brain Uploading: Blood Rose had her mind installed in a robot body.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Blood Rose comes after Oliver Queen for revenge, he has no idea who she is.
  • Civvie Spandex: Limelight's 'costumes' consist of green bustiers and jeans.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Lime and Light wear identical outfits.
  • Flight: Limelight's energy powers allow them to fly.
  • Genius Bruiser: Midas retained his original intellect following his transformation, so is strong enough to lift a car over his head, but is also an expert in the fields of chemistry, bio-medicine and robotics.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Blood Rose dresses in red leather.
  • Huntingthe Most Dangerous Game: Rush and his gang up the ante by hunting metahumans.
  • Immune to Drugs: Due to his physiology, Midas absorbs new toxins, rather than being adversely affected by them.
  • Killed Off for Real: Lime is killed when Amanda Waller detonates the nanobomb in her neck.
  • Light 'em Up: Lime and Light have light powers, including the projection of energy blasts.
  • Master of Illusion: Limelight control of light allows them to cast illusions.
  • Rush and his gang kill metahumans live on the Internet. The first storyline in the 2011 relaunch has Rush stream his gang hunting a captured Green Arrow live onto the internet.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Rush swaggers around in a leather jacket and no shirt showing off his ripped abs.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Blood Rose's name was actually never revealed.
  • Outlaw Couple: Blood Rose with Midas, teaming up against Green Arrow.
  • Poisonous Person: Midas' entire body is composed of toxic waste, and he can absorb new toxins.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Blood Rose is a former lover of Oliver Queen who is out for revenge.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Despite being a Cyborg, Blood Rose outwardly looks completely human.
  • Robosexual: Midas is in a romantic relationship with Blood Rose; and android he constructed.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: After Green Arrow blew her up—reducing her to components—Blood Rose activated her self-detonation and used it to cover Midas's escape, who managed to retrieve her head.
  • Social Media Before Reason: Obsessed with fame, Limelight would would post their crimes on social media while they were performing them.
  • Super-Strength: Midas' strength level is unclear, however, Midas was able to seemingly effortlessly lift a car over his head and throw it, as well as swing the base of a tree as a weapon. Naomi claimed Midas was "way" out of Green Arrow's league and could "give Superman a run for his money."
  • Super-Toughness: Midas is capable of withstanding an explosion at point blank range.
  • Toxic Waste Can Do Anything: Burning alive, Midas leapt into a river of toxic waste, and emerged a monster entirely composed of it.
  • Trickster Twins: Limelight are a pair of fame (and social media) obsessed twin criminals, with flashy light-based powers, including the ability to create illusions.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Rush swaggers around in a leather jacket and no shirt showing off his ripped abs.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Midas rebuilds Blood Rose after her first destruction.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Lime is killed when Waller detonates the nanobomb in her neck and her head explodes.

    Ann Nocenti's run (Issues #7-16) 

    Jeff Lemire's run (Issues #17-34)
The Kill Machine
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Henry has a crush on Naomi, but she is in love with Oliver. By the time the series ends, Naomi doesn't reciprocate Henry's feelings, and Oliver doesn't reciprocate hers, though they all remain good friends.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: While Oliver doesn't necessarily believe that killing is a passage into manhood, he certainly believes that the moment he stopped being a spoiled socialite with no direction in life happened after he took his first human life.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Komodo takes Emiko away from Shado and raises the girl as his own daughter, but also feeds her lies and molds her into a cold-blooded assassin. When Emiko finds out the truth and begs him to spare her mother's life, he threatens to shoot her unless she gets out of his way.
    • Robert put Oliver through a Training from Hell in order to toughen him up and force him to gain the skills necessary to help him along his quest for the Arrow Totem. This included stranding him on a deserted island, letting him believe that he was the only person alive there for years and watching him struggle to survive, culminating in Cold-Blooded Torture when he found out that he wasn't. Ultimately it was for good reasons, and it worked, but Oliver disowns him after finding the truth.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Robert Queen dedicated his life to the search of the Arrow Totem, and spent his days jet setting around the world under the guise of being just another rich socialite.
  • Animal Motifs: Simon Lacroix adopts the name Komodo, making his the komodo dragon. Other than the name, there's not much more to it though.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
    • Komodo is a master of kyudo, a Japanese mixture of archery and martial arts. He trash talks Green Arrow during their early fights, even though he repeatedly fails to take out the hero.
    • Richard Dragon, after being trained by the League of Assassins, became a strong contender for being the World's Best Warrior and can deliver some brutal beatdowns. He fights both Green Arrow and Diggle while delivering a self-aggrandizing speech, though the heroes manage to outsmart him and barely win the battle.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Henry Fyfe is of Chinese heritage and works as Green Arrow's tech support.
  • Bad Future: The Futures End tie-in issue takes place five years into the future, when the Cadmus organization has begun experimenting on Earth-2 refugees with the goal of becoming more powerful than any government. Green Arrow, Emiko, Naomi and the Outsiders team up to find the organization's headquarters and put a stop to their operations.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While Komodo is certainly Ollie's most personal foe throughout a majority of these arcs, Richard Dragon gradually usurps his Big Bad status and becomes the True Final Boss.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Emiko is a young girl who mastered the art of archery. She fights alongside the Big Bad Komodo for the first two arcs, before becoming Green Arrow's disciple for the final one.
  • Big Brother Instinct: After Oliver discovers that Emiko is his half-sister, he decides to do whatever he can to save her from the people who have been manipulating her from birth. Even after disowning his father and the legacy of the Arrow Totem, he tries to convince her to live with him.
  • Body Horror: Count Vertigo's powers are derived from the machine that has been implanted on his skull. After it's damaged, the repair process shows the device is lodged directly to his brain.
  • Call-Back: When Magus sends Oliver on a Vision Quest, Oliver sees a few of the Arc Villains that he had faced earlier in New 52, including Midas, Blood Rose, Rush, and Harrow.
  • Canon Immigrant: It's in this series that John Diggle officially makes the jump from Arrow over to the comics.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Given that the title character has the word "green" right in his name this is to be expected. However, it's done subtly throughout the series in other ways.
    • Oliver's color is obviously green. Whenever there is a panel shot of an action that the reader should focus on, things that Oliver is looking at or arrows that he is firing are always colored accordingly.
    • Komodo's is purple. His outfit is a very dark purple, almost black, and the lights on his mask light up similarly after Oliver blinds him in one eye. Robert Queen is shown with a similar color scheme, to help illustrate their close bond.
    • Shado's is red. She has a red bow, red accents on her outfit, and fires red arrows. Emiko shares this color scheme, serving as a subtle hint of her true parentage.
  • The Clan: The Outsiders are made up of six later revealed to be seven clans that each specialize in a specific weapon. They are:
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In his civilian identity, Simon Lacroix is the CEO of Stellmoor International, a rival of Queen Enterprises.
  • Darker and Edgier: With visceral fights that are gruesomely detailed and the heavier subject matter, this series is noticeably darker than the issues that came before it.
  • Deadly Distant Finale: Receives one in the Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super-Spectacular, where Lemire and Sorrentino return as writer and artist to tell The Last Green Arrow Story. It follows a very old Oliver Queen who has come back to the island, is reunited with the Arrow Totem by a vision of his younger self, and dies at peace.
  • Enemy Scan: Richard Dragon's lethality and skill with hand-to-hand combat are shown this way. He's able to see each of his opponent's weak points and the best way of taking them down, presented to the reader as blurbs emanating from the body part in question.
  • Expy:
    • Emiko Queen is one for Damian Wayne from Batman. Both were trained as assassins for the purpose of killing a family member who was a superhero and both wound up becoming snarky teen sidekicks to said hero, who complained about not being allowed to kill.
    • Komodo is clearly inspired on Malcolm Merlyn, as he is a bow-wielding assassin clad in black who serves as Green Arrow's archnemesis. Ironically, Merlyn later took on characteristics from this character, and the original Merlyn was reintroduced back into Oliver's Rogues Gallery.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Magus has two large X-shaped scars over where his eyes should be.
    • Komodo gets blinded in one eye during his second fight with Green Arrow, courtesy of an arrow to the face.
  • The Faceless: Magus is a shapeshifter whose face doesn't have any eyes, only large x-shaped scars where said organs should be.
  • Faking the Dead: Komodo believes he murdered Robert Queen long ago, but that was really Magus in disguise. The real Robert was alive and taking measures to ensure his son Oliver would have what it takes to carry on his legacy as the leader of the Arrow Clan.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Komodo's eyewear isn't just for show. They enhance his depth perception and allow him to focus on what he's going to be aiming his arrows at. After he becomes blind in one eye, his depth perception is ruined and he has to rely on them in order to keep up with the other archers.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: When Komodo finally acquires the Arrow Totem he has been seeking, it shows him that everything he has done to get there ultimately served no purpose, aside from turning Emiko against him. This happens about five seconds before he is killed by one of Emiko's arrows.
  • Hidden Depths: It turns out that Robert Queen wasn't just a well-to-do socialite, and was very much the Adventurer Archaeologist that his son was in The Golden Age of Comic Books.
  • Legacy Character: What Robert Queen was trying to turn Oliver into. As it turns out, his family comes from a long line of archers, and is descended from the Arrow Clan.
  • Legendary Weapon: Each of the clans that make up the Outsiders have a "totem" that's supposed to hold mystic properties. Much is made over Komodo's search for the Arrow Totem, which is supposed to grant a certain degree of omniscience. Similarly, Katana's Soul-Taker Sword is the totem weapon of the Sword Clan.
  • Like a Son to Me: Robert Queen had a father-son relationship with Simon, as he viewed him as a more worthy successor than his own biological son Ollie, who was still a Brilliant, but Lazy teenager at that point. Until Simon got too greedy and turned on him.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Oliver and Emiko are half-siblings.
  • Master Archer: Oliver comes from a whole clan of fighters who devoted their to mastering the art of the bow. This includes his father, who turns out to be alive and on the island that Oliver was stranded on.
  • Master Swordsman: Anyone who hails from the Sword Clan, including Katana, base theirlives around becoming skilled swordsmen.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Arrow Totem, like all of the items that help to form the basis of the Weapon Clans, is believed by some to hold mystical powers (in this case, the gift of foresight). Others simply see it as a really old arrow with a fairy tale attached to it, and just want it so that they can use it to claim ownership of the Arrow Clan. Oliver firmly believes that it's the latter. Until he wields it and is granted visions of all that is his life.
  • Mythology Gag: Robert Queen sports the exact same distinctive Van Dyke as Oliver did before Flashpoint.
  • Nurture over Nature: Emiko was born and raised to be an assassin, like her mother. But her time with Oliver helps to soften her into a kinder, though at times bratty, character.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Despite having never been mentioned before, Diggle worked Ollie and Roy during very early his days as Green Arrow, before leaving after a disastrous encounter with Richard Dragon.
  • Rescue Equipment Attack: Naomi saves Emiko from Red Dart by sneaking behind the villainess and bashing her in the head with a fire extinguisher.
  • Riches to Rags: Simon Lacroix engages a hostile takeover of Queen Industries, leaving Oliver effectively broke.
  • The Rival: Komodo believes himself to be this to Oliver, seeing himself as a more deserving heir to the Arrow Clan and as having a closer relationship with Robert Queen, compared to his son.
  • Scary Black Man:
    • Diggle is very large, imposing, and served two tours in Iraq with the US Military.
    • Clock King and Brick both run criminal organizations in Seattle, and both also happen to be very large, very imposing black men.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Prior to this, previous issues had introduced a slew of characters at Q-Corp that worked as Oliver's Mission Control and Voice with an Internet Connection. In the first issue, Lemire has most of them killed off in a hostile attack on the Queen Industries building.
  • Single-Specimen Species: Magus is already enigmatic at the start, but it's later revealed that he's seemingly the only member of the Mask Clan.
  • Soft Reboot: Coming off of an already rebooted franchise. Whereas the previous 16 issues had introduced a number of cast members and established a status quo of Oliver Queen being a rich crime-fighter who used corporate assets and employees to finance his life as Green Arrow, pretty much everything was thrown out the window as soon as the new creative team took over.
  • Stalker with a Crush: When Henry still worked at Queen Industries, he had a little crush on Naomi that (apparently) drove him to stalk her. He still has the crush on her, but now he's better about it.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Robert Queen took Komodo under his wing back when he was just Simon Lacroix, who returns the favor by betraying him.
  • Vision Quest: Magus arranges for Oliver to drink a potion that causes him to have visions of the past and future. The protagonist witnesses his father Robert searching for the Arrow Totem in the past, thus revealing his connection to the Outsiders, and learns that his future is tied to three antagonistic forces, who take the form of a trio of dragons. Said dragons turn out to be the Big Bad Komodo, Robert's lover Shado, and the True Final Boss Richard Dragon.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Henry and Naomi communicate with Green Arrow through an earpiece during his missions, giving him suggestions on how to proceed and informing him about the new arrows they have developed.
  • Wham Episode: The series starts out on one. Not only is most of the supporting cast Killed Off for Real during a terrorist attack of Queen Consolidated, but Oliver meets another archer who is leaps and bounds ahead of him in skill. He's then put on a Vision Quest by Magus, after only just barely escaping with his life.
  • You're Not My Father: Once Oliver finds out that Robert faked his death and subjected his only son to Cold-Blooded Torture in hopes of preparing him to lead the Arrow Clan, he disowns him and tries to leave him on a deserted island.
  • You Killed My Father: Once Komodo kills Robert Queen, Emiko turns on him and puts an arrow through him.
  • Villain Team-Up: A rather large one consisting of Richard Dragon, Clock King, Count Vertigo, Killer Moth, and Red Dart.

    Ben Sokolowski and Andrew Kreisberg's run (Issues #35-40) 

    Benjamin Percy's run (Issues #41-52) 
  • All Bikers are Hells Angels: Marrock leads the Berserkers: a biker gang of werewolves.
  • False Flag Operation: In issue #49, the Patriots (an anti-Warg group) help a murderous Warg to escape from prison - killing several guards in the process - and leave behind evidence that other Wargs were responsible to give them an excuse to start a full-scale hunt for the Wargs.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Marrock suffers from Lukos; a sexually transmitted form of lycanthropy. The disease causes deformation of the frontal lobe and swelling of the adrenal and pituitary glands, increasing anger, hunger, and impulsivity. When the infected is excited or enraged, they bled from their eyes, nose, fingernails, and gums, thereby spreading the disease to those they hurt. The longer the infection, the more extreme the change, to the point of appearing akin to werewolves.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Wargs. They're carriers of the Blood disease Lukos, a degenerative disease that gives them increased adrenal glands and causes swelling of the frontal lobe, while also causing their fingers and teeth to sharpen and their muscles to grow. The longer they stay unmedicated, and the more emotionally charged they are, the worse they mutate, some gaining fur, glowing eyes, and in some cases even wolf-like snouts. The medication available seems to regress these physical developments, but as a result, the infectee becomes extremely fatigued, leaving them unable to do much physical work.
  • Plaguemaster: Marrock can infect others with Lukos, a form of lycanthropy.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: The Patriots.
  • Super-Senses: Because of his infection, Marrock has senses akin to those of a wolf.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Essentially the motivation of the Berserkers gang. As a Warg (basically a carrier of the werewolf-like STD Lukos), they've been hunted down and treated like lesser beings, with the Patriots actively trying to kill them all and the government's response being to drug them into a state of submission so they can't defend themselves. If the world wants to treat them like rabid dogs, then they might as well act like it.

Alternative Title(s): Green Arrow New 52, Green Arrow Jeff Lemire