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Green Arrow is a 2016 comic book published by DC Comics, as part of their DC Rebirth initiative. Released twice-monthly, it's written by Benjamin Percy with art duties shared by Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra.

Unlike The New 52's reinvention of the character, Rebirth's Green Arrow brings Oliver Queen back to his roots as a Robin Hood-esque "social justice warrior" who defends the disadvantaged from crime and injustice. Also, the goatee is back. Star City seems to be making a return as well.

Another returning aspect of the character? Iconic partner (in both definitions of the word) Dinah Lance—better known as the Black Canary— who he'd never even met during the New 52 era. With veteran John Diggle, tech wiz Henry Fyff, and Ollie's half-sister Emiko by their side, Seattle's never been in better hands.


Green Arrow contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: The long awaited return of fan favorite Connor Hawke was teased but unfortunately didn't happen before the book got a new creative team.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Emi (a half-Asian woman) becoming the new Red Arrow.
  • Age Lift: Emiko is age lifted to be in her late teens, whereas she was originally not even a teenager. To put it into perspective: she debuted as younger than Damian Wayne, but Rebirth has since made her older than him.
  • Author Tract: A big part of the book's focus is reestablishing Oliver's political leanings, which had been phased out thanks to the reboot and other developments prior to it. In particular, Oliver losing his fortune and the generally anti-capitalistic messages are due to writer Ben Percy finding Oliver's status as a rich straight white man to greatly undermine his liberal messages. Likewise, Oliver's occasional chauvinism is erased and Dinah is presented as completely his equal, with the story subverting the Distressed Damsel trope and having her loudly reject being a victim, as Ben Percy personally shares many Black Canary fans' dislike for her frequent tendency to suffer Badass Decay in Oliver's presence.
  • Composite Character:
    • Though she originated in the New 52 run, Emi becoming Red Arrow makes her comparable to the trajectory of Thea Queen / Speedy on Arrow — Ollie's half-sister who becomes his crimefighting sidekick.
    • Oliver himself. At this point, Oliver has the backstory and history of the New 52 Green Arrow, and the costume and gear of the Arrow version. However, his personality, politics, and beard are taken from the classic Green Arrow comics, bringing all three versions together.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: In issue #1 Ollie takes Dinah back to his place and she sees how well off he is. She's baffled to say the least.
    Dinah: You call yourself a social justice warrior, but look at this apartment. Look at this life.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Eddie Fyers, from the Mike Grell run, comes back in issue #10, and re-appears again in the Fall of Star City arc.
    • Connor Hawke was supposed to do this but Benjamin Percy unfortunately left the book he could do that.
  • Canon Character All Along: An unusual version of this trope. A reporter observes an old map of Seattle and discovers an early plan for Queen Industries that show it being built at the center of a star shape — a Star City.
  • Christmas Episode: Annual #1.
  • Creator Cameo: In one issue, artist Juan Ferreyra drew some talking-head civilians that look like writer Benjamin Percy, letterer Nate Piekos, and editors Andy Khouri and Brian Cunningham.
  • Five-Man Band: Team Arrow, consisting of:
  • Groin Attack: In issue #36, Dinah knees Ollie in the groin. While he's only wearing underwear.
  • Joke Item: The Boxing Glove arrow, which Ollie made on the spot, in issue 10 — it was partly effective.
  • Looks Like Orlok: The Underground Men, the villains of the first arc. fit this trope to a T.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ollie's good looks are perhaps emphasized more here than they've ever been. Otto Schmidt, a pinup artist, especially draws Ollie in this way.
  • Riches to Rags: Happens to Ollie in the first arc, where his fortune is stolen by a conspiracy of slavers, ruthless business executives , and bankers. For elaborate reasons Ollie ends up destroying his fortune instead of reclaiming it. He does reclaim it at the end of the run.
  • Wham Episode Issue #31 The Justice League is so impressed by Oliver's efforts to take down the Ninth Circle that he's offered membership. Only to turn it down, feeling that he can do more not openly attached to the League. He instead offers to act as essentially a black ops member, doing work that needs to be done more discreetly or that the League can't look into openly.