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Green Arrow

Green Arrow (Modern Version)
Cover to Green Arrow (vol. 6) #17 (February 2013).
Art by Andrea Sorrentino.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceMore Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
Created byMort Weisinger
George Papp
In-story information
Alter egoOliver Jonas "Ollie" Queen
Team affiliationsJustice League
Queen Industries
The Outsiders
Seven Soldiers of Victory
PartnershipsSpeedy
Red Arrow
Green Lantern
Black Canary
Notable aliasesThe Emerald Archer, The Battling Bowman, Former Mayor Queen, Auu Lanu Lau'ava, Poltergeist, The Arrow, The Hood
AbilitiesSuperb archer
Peak human physical condition
Highly-trained martial artist, athlete and swordsman
Possesses a recurve bow with a variety of trick arrows
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Cover to Green Arrow (vol. 3) #60 (May 2006).
Art by Scott McDaniel.
Series publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleMonthly
Format(vol 1)
Limited series
(remainder)
present[1]
Genre
Publication date(vol 1)
May – August 1983
(vol 2)
February 1988 – November 1998
(vol 3)
April 2001 – August 2007
(.../Black Canary)
December 2007 – April 2010
(vol 4)
April – June 2010
(vol 5)
August 2010 – August 2011
(vol 6)
September 2011 – present
Number of issues(vol 1)
4
(vol 2)
139 (including issues numbered 0 and 1000000), 7 Annuals
(vol 3)
75
.../Black Canary
32
(vol 4)
3[1]
(vol 5)
15
(vol 6)
28 (as of January 2014, including one 0-numbered issue)
Main character(s)(vol 1, 3–5)
Oliver Queen
(vol 2)
Oliver Queen
Connor Hawke
(...Black Canary)
Oliver Queen
Black Canary
Supporting characters
(vol 2)
Black Canary
(vol 3)
Speedy (Mia Dearden)
Black Canary
Connor Hawke
(vol 3)
Connor Hawke
Creative team
Writer(s)France Herron
Elliot S. Maggin
Mike Barr (#1-4)
Mike Grell (Vol. 2 #1-80, Annual #4, 6)
Kevin Dooley, (Vol. 2 #81-82, 87-90)
Alan Grant (Vol. 2 #84-85)
Kelley Puckett (Vol. 2 #0, 91-92)
<Chuck Dixon (Vol. 2 #83, 93-137, 1000000, Annual #7)
Dennis O'Neil (Annual #1-3
Sarah Byam (Annual 2, 5)
Kevin Smith (Vol. 3 #1-15)
Brad Meltzer (Vol. 3 #16-21)
Ben Raab (Vol. 3 #23-25)
Judd Winick (Vol. 3 #26-75, Vol. 5 #0, Green Arrow and Black Canary #1-14, Green Arrow and Black Canary Wedding Special #1)
Andrew Kreisberg(Green Arrow and Black Canary #15-29)
(vol 6)
J.T. Krul, (Green Arrow and Black Canary #30-32, & Vol. 4 #1-15)
Judd Winick (Vol. 5 #1-3), Keith Giffen (Vol. 5 #3-6), Dan Jurgens, (Vol. 5 #3-6) Ann Nocenti, (Vol. 5 #7-16)Jeff Lemire (Vol. 5 #17-present)
Artist(s)George Papp
Jack Kirby
Neal Adams
Mike Grell
Trevor von Eeden
Dick Giordano
Jim Aparo
Phil Hester
(vol 6)
Dan Jurgens, George Pérez, Ray McCarthy, Ignacio Calero, Harvey Tolibao, Steve Kurth, Freddie E. Williams III, Rob Hunter, Andrea Sorrentino
Inker(s)Ande Parks
 
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Green Arrow

Green Arrow (Modern Version)
Cover to Green Arrow (vol. 6) #17 (February 2013).
Art by Andrea Sorrentino.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceMore Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
Created byMort Weisinger
George Papp
In-story information
Alter egoOliver Jonas "Ollie" Queen
Team affiliationsJustice League
Queen Industries
The Outsiders
Seven Soldiers of Victory
PartnershipsSpeedy
Red Arrow
Green Lantern
Black Canary
Notable aliasesThe Emerald Archer, The Battling Bowman, Former Mayor Queen, Auu Lanu Lau'ava, Poltergeist, The Arrow, The Hood
AbilitiesSuperb archer
Peak human physical condition
Highly-trained martial artist, athlete and swordsman
Possesses a recurve bow with a variety of trick arrows
'
Cover to Green Arrow (vol. 3) #60 (May 2006).
Art by Scott McDaniel.
Series publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleMonthly
Format(vol 1)
Limited series
(remainder)
present[1]
Genre
Publication date(vol 1)
May – August 1983
(vol 2)
February 1988 – November 1998
(vol 3)
April 2001 – August 2007
(.../Black Canary)
December 2007 – April 2010
(vol 4)
April – June 2010
(vol 5)
August 2010 – August 2011
(vol 6)
September 2011 – present
Number of issues(vol 1)
4
(vol 2)
139 (including issues numbered 0 and 1000000), 7 Annuals
(vol 3)
75
.../Black Canary
32
(vol 4)
3[1]
(vol 5)
15
(vol 6)
28 (as of January 2014, including one 0-numbered issue)
Main character(s)(vol 1, 3–5)
Oliver Queen
(vol 2)
Oliver Queen
Connor Hawke
(...Black Canary)
Oliver Queen
Black Canary
Supporting characters
(vol 2)
Black Canary
(vol 3)
Speedy (Mia Dearden)
Black Canary
Connor Hawke
(vol 3)
Connor Hawke
Creative team
Writer(s)France Herron
Elliot S. Maggin
Mike Barr (#1-4)
Mike Grell (Vol. 2 #1-80, Annual #4, 6)
Kevin Dooley, (Vol. 2 #81-82, 87-90)
Alan Grant (Vol. 2 #84-85)
Kelley Puckett (Vol. 2 #0, 91-92)
<Chuck Dixon (Vol. 2 #83, 93-137, 1000000, Annual #7)
Dennis O'Neil (Annual #1-3
Sarah Byam (Annual 2, 5)
Kevin Smith (Vol. 3 #1-15)
Brad Meltzer (Vol. 3 #16-21)
Ben Raab (Vol. 3 #23-25)
Judd Winick (Vol. 3 #26-75, Vol. 5 #0, Green Arrow and Black Canary #1-14, Green Arrow and Black Canary Wedding Special #1)
Andrew Kreisberg(Green Arrow and Black Canary #15-29)
(vol 6)
J.T. Krul, (Green Arrow and Black Canary #30-32, & Vol. 4 #1-15)
Judd Winick (Vol. 5 #1-3), Keith Giffen (Vol. 5 #3-6), Dan Jurgens, (Vol. 5 #3-6) Ann Nocenti, (Vol. 5 #7-16)Jeff Lemire (Vol. 5 #17-present)
Artist(s)George Papp
Jack Kirby
Neal Adams
Mike Grell
Trevor von Eeden
Dick Giordano
Jim Aparo
Phil Hester
(vol 6)
Dan Jurgens, George Pérez, Ray McCarthy, Ignacio Calero, Harvey Tolibao, Steve Kurth, Freddie E. Williams III, Rob Hunter, Andrea Sorrentino
Inker(s)Ande Parks

Green Arrow is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Morton Weisinger and designed by George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. His real name is Oliver Queen, a billionaire businessman and owner of Queen Industries, as well as a well-known celebrity in his locale of Star City.[2] Sometimes shown dressed like Robin Hood, Green Arrow is an archer who invents trick arrows with various special functions, such as glue arrows, diversions (smoke), net, explosive, time bomb, grappling, fire extinguishing, flash, boomerang, and tear gas arrows, as well as cryonic arrows, and even a kryptonite arrow. At the time of his debut, Green Arrow functioned in many ways as an archery-themed analogue of the very popular Batman character, but writers at DC subsequently developed him into a voice of progressivism very much distinct in character from Batman, with his own supporting cast.

Green Arrow enjoyed moderate success in his early years, becoming the cover feature of More Fun, as well as having occasional appearances in other comics. But throughout his first twenty-five years, Green Arrow still wasn't a major hero. In the late 1960s, writer Denny O'Neil, inspired by the character's dramatic visual redesign by Neal Adams, chose to have him lose his fortune, giving him the then-unique role of a streetwise crusader for the working class and the disadvantaged. In 1970, he was paired with a more law and order-oriented hero, Green Lantern, in a ground-breaking, socially conscious comic book series.[citation needed] Since then, he has been popular among comic book fans and most writers have taken an urban, gritty approach to the character. The character was killed off in the 1990s and replaced by a new character, Oliver's son Connor Hawke. Connor Hawke however, proved a less popular character, and the original Oliver Queen character was resurrected in the 2001 "Quiver" storyline, by writer Kevin Smith. In the 2000s, the character has been featured in bigger storylines focusing on Green Arrow and Black Canary, such as the DC event The Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding and the high-profile Justice League: Cry for Justice storyline, prior to the character's relaunch alongside most of DC's properties in 2011.

Green Arrow was not initially a well-known character outside of comic book fandom; he had appeared in a single episode of the animated series Super Friends in 1973. In the 2000s, the character featured in a number of DC television properties, including the animated series Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, The Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, several DC Universe Animated Original Movies and the live action series Smallville, played by actor Justin Hartley, who became a core cast member. In 2012, the live action series Arrow debuted on The CW, in which the title character is portrayed by Stephen Amell.

Publication history[edit]

Beginnings, 1941–1968[edit]

More Fun Comics #91 (May/June 1943). Green Arrow's original costume. Art by Cliff Young.

Green Arrow and Speedy first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 (cover-dated November 1941), which was illustrated by artist George Papp. When Mort Weisinger was creating the character, aside from the obvious allusions to Robin Hood, he took inspiration from a movie serial, The Green Archer, based on the novel by Edgar Wallace. He retooled the concept into a superhero archer with obvious Batman influences.[3] These include Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy, his use of an Arrow-Car and Arrow-Plane for transportation, his use of an Arrow-Cave as his headquarters, his alter ego as a billionaire playboy, the use of an Arrow-Signal to summon him, and a clown-like arch foe named Bull's Eye, similar to Batman's arch-foe, the Joker.

Another Weisinger-created character, Aquaman, also appeared for the first time in that issue, and these two back-up features continued to run concurrently in More Fun Comics until the mid-1940s, and then in Adventure Comics between 1946 and 1960. Green Arrow and Speedy also appeared in various issues of World's Finest Comics until issue #140 (1964). The Green Arrow and Speedy feature was one of five back-up features to be promoted in one of the earliest team-up books, Leading Comics.

Green Arrow was one of the few DC characters to keep going after the Golden Age of Comic Books. The longevity of the character was due to the influence of creator Mort Weisinger, who kept Green Arrow and Aquaman as back-up features to the headlining Superboy feature, first in More Fun Comics and then Adventure Comics. Aside from sharing Adventure Comics with him, issue #258 featured an encounter between a younger Oliver Queen and Superboy. The Green Arrow and Speedy feature during this period included a short run in 1958 written by Dick and Dave Wood and drawn by Jack Kirby. For much of this period, Green Arrow's adventures were written by France Herron, who was the character's primary scripter 1947–1963.[4]

Neal Adams and Dennis O'Neil, 1969–1983[edit]

In 1969, artist Neal Adams decided to update the character's visual appearance by giving him a goatee and costume of his own design in The Brave and the Bold #85 (August–September 1969).[5] Inspired by Adams's redesign, writer Dennis O'Neil followed up on Green Arrow's new appearance by completely remaking the character's attitude in the pages of Justice League of America #75 (cover-dated November 1969), giving his personality a rougher edge. This revision was explained by having Oliver Queen lose his fortune due to forged documents of him engaging in corruption, and he then became an outspoken advocate of the underprivileged in society and the political left wing. For instance, he once saved a child's dog playing in a railyard, but instead of feeling satisfaction, he brooded on the larger problem of how the child had nowhere in the city to play safely.

Green Lantern (vol. 2) #76 (April 1970). Cover art by Neal Adams.

In the early 1970s, Green Arrow became a co-feature with Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) in the latter's series in an acclaimed, but short-lived, series of stories by O'Neil and Adams that dealt with various social and political issues in which Green Arrow spoke for radical change while Green Lantern was an establishment liberal figure, wanting to work within existing institutions of government and law. Where Queen advocated direct action, Hal Jordan wanted to work within the system; where Queen advocated social change, Jordan was more concerned about dealing with criminals. Each would find their beliefs challenged by the other. Queen convinced Jordan to see beyond his strict obedience to the Green Lantern Corps, to help those who were neglected or discriminated against. As O'Neil explained: "He would be a hot-tempered anarchist to contrast with the cerebral, sedate model citizen who was Green Lantern."[6] The duo embarked on a quest in a beat-up pickup to find America, along the way witnessing the problems of corruption, racism, pollution, and overpopulation confronting the nation. Writer O'Neil even took on current events, such as the Manson Family cult murders, in issues #78–79 ("A Kind of Loving") where the Black Canary falls briefly under the spell of a false prophet who advocates violence.

It was during this period that the most famous Green Arrow story appeared, in Green Lantern (vol. 2) #85–86, when it was revealed that Green Arrow's ward, Speedy, was addicted to heroin.[2] In his zeal to save America, Oliver had failed in his personal responsibility to Speedy – who would overcome his addiction with the help of the Black Canary, Green Arrow's then-love interest. This story prompted a congratulatory letter from the mayor of New York, John Lindsay. Unfortunately, the series did not match commercial expectations, and Neal Adams had trouble with deadlines, causing issue #88 to be an unscheduled reprint issue; the series was canceled with issue #89 (April/May 1972).

The duo were moved to the back-up feature in The Flash, issues #217 through #219. The socially relevant themes would continue, as the story opens with Oliver killing a criminal (albeit accidentally). Oliver shed himself of the remaining trappings of his super-heroic life (including crashing the Arrow-Plane into a mountain) and withdrew to an ashram monastery. He would find no peace there, and he returned to the outside world at the request of Hal and Dinah. This storyline would prove very important to the character in the 1990s. After this three-part story, Green Lantern continued as a solo back-up in The Flash, while Green Arrow's solo stories began appearing in Action Comics.

In 1976, the Green Lantern title was re-launched starring both Hal Jordan and Ollie Queen, and the Green Arrow/Green Lantern partnership returned to more traditional superhero storylines. Denny O'Neill resumed writing the characters, while Adams-influenced artist Mike Grell drew the feature. After the title moved to solo Green Lantern stories, solo Green Arrow stories began appearing in the World's Finest title. The solo stories were frequently written by Elliot S. Maggin.

In his solo series, Oliver would land a job as a newspaper columnist, which allowed him to articulate his political beliefs in a more public field. In World's Finest #255 (1979), Queen ran for Mayor of Star City and lost in a close vote. Although there was reason to believe that the election had been fixed against him, the Black Canary chose for him not to contest the results legally, effectively ceding the race to his opponent.

In May through August 1983, Green Arrow appeared for the first time in his own comic book, a four issue limited series[7] of murder and betrayal that established potential for a full series. It was in this miniseries that Green Arrow would gain a running rivalry with the super villain Count Vertigo.

In 1985, a Green Arrow died in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, wearing red boots and gloves, suggesting this was a leftover Earth-2 character being disposed of, especially considering no resurrection was later acknowledged before his further appearances.

Longbow Hunters/Mike Grell Ongoing[edit]

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1, the gritty redefinition of Green Arrow. Cover by Mike Grell.

In 1987, DC Comics launched the character into a new ongoing title as part of their mature audience comic line. Written and illustrated by Mike Grell, the revamp was launched with Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters mini-series.[8] In this three-issue prestige format limited series, a routine adventure against a group of drug runners led to tragedy as the Black Canary was captured and brutally tortured. In response, Oliver murders his girlfriend's attackers. The mini-series would also introduce the enigmatic female Japanese archer, Shado, whose family had suffered in a World War II internment camp.

Under Grell, Green Arrow would abandon the use of his trademark gadget arrows and relocate from Star City to Seattle, Washington. As the series was part of DC Comics' mature audience line, it took on a more gritty, violent, and urban tone, with Green Arrow often using deadly force against his enemies. Grell wrote the series for the first 80 issues, downplaying the super-hero aspects of the characters; Oliver abandoned his mask and was never actually referred to as "Green Arrow", and Black Canary was never shown using her sonic scream power. (Sometimes, this was explained as having lost it due to the events of The Longbow Hunters, though this was not consistent with her appearances in other titles published during this period). While crossover specials were conceived to allow other writers (most notably Denny O'Neil, who wrote "Batman" and the mature audience comic The Question) to use Green Arrow, Grell wrote him as largely isolated from the rest of the DC Universe; when other DC characters like longtime friend Hal Jordan (a.k.a. Green Lantern) appeared, they did so in street clothes and used only their civilian names.[9]

In place of the super-hero community, Grell created his own supporting cast. In addition to Shado, Grell introduced Seattle police Lieutenant Jim Cameron, who was disgusted with Green Arrow's vigilante actions (including killing criminals); renegade CIA agent Greg Osborne, who began to monitor Queen's activities; and mercenary Eddie Fyers, initially introduced as Queen's adversary, but later to become a companion of necessity when Green Arrow was forced to leave Seattle after false accusations of aiding terrorists. Grell's run ended with Green Arrow #80, shortly after Dinah dumped Oliver.

During this period, the writer also redefined the character's origin in the four-part 1992 limited series, Green Arrow: The Wonder Year. Grell portrayed Oliver Queen as a thrill-seeker who inherits his family business at a very young age. Changed by his sojourn on the island,[further explanation needed] Oliver decided to take up crime fighting as a means of rebelling against his responsibilities. During his first adventure in Star City, Oliver Queen meets an old flame, Brianna Stone, a former college radical who warns him if he continued to carry his bow, he would one day have to use it for real. Grell's limited series also established Queen's attraction toward dangerous women.

Post-Grell[edit]

Once Grell left the series, DC almost immediately began restoring Green Arrow to the mainstream DC Universe. His ongoing series (mostly written by Kelley Puckett and drawn by artist Jim Aparo) was removed from the "Mature Audience" line (which had evolved into "Vertigo") with #63, prior to Grell's departure, and Green Arrow began appearing in various super-hero titles as a guest, most notably Green Lantern #47, which had Oliver aiding Green Lantern in rescuing his longtime girlfriend Carol Ferris and her family from one of Hal's enemies, and the 1994 DC Comics mini-series Zero Hour. In Zero Hour, Queen is forced to shoot his old friend at a pivotal moment. Now tightly integrated in the DC Universe, the character Connor Hawke was introduced and revealed as Oliver Queen's son.

Connor Hawke and Oliver Queen on the cover to Green Arrow Secret Files & Origins #1 (December 2002). Art by Matt Wagner.

In Green Arrow #100–101, Oliver would infiltrate a group of eco-terrorists known as the Eden Corps and sacrifice his life in order to prevent the group from detonating a bomb that would destroy the city of Metropolis,[2] the resulting explosion completely atomising Queen's body so that his identity could only be confirmed by Superman witnessing his death. This allowed the writers to shake up the status quo by making Connor Hawke a replacement Green Arrow. The series, now written by Chuck Dixon, would continue, with Hawke as the main focus until issue #137, when the series was canceled.

Smith, Hester and Parks/Meltzer 2000–2004[edit]

Promotional for Green Arrow (vol. 3) #1 cover. Art by Matt Wagner.

In 2000, Oliver Queen is revived in a new series, Green Arrow (vol. 3), in the story arc "Quiver", written by Kevin Smith and illustrated by Phil Hester and Ande Parks. It is revealed that Hal's resurrection of Oliver (seen on the very last page of Green Arrow #137, the final issue of the Oliver/Connor ongoing series) was in reality a deliberately flawed one. In Hal's final hours before sacrificing his life to save the Earth during "The Final Night", Hal speaks with Oliver's soul in the afterlife, and the two agree to bring back a version of Oliver Queen; one without a soul (so Oliver may properly stay in Heaven) and with no memory of the events of The Longbow Hunters mini-series or of the subsequent events that followed, up until his death.

For some years, this resurrected Oliver lives in Star City as a vigilante hero, completely under the radar of his other superhero friends, but eventually he is discovered. His resurrection is eventually used by the grandfather of Stanley Dover in an attempt to gain power over the monster that Dover accidentally bound to his grandson, Dover intending to take Oliver's body and use his access to the JLA's resources to find the monster. At the climax of the story, Oliver's soul returns from heaven, re-inhabits his resurrected earthly form and helps his son Connor Hawke fight a horde of demons. Dover is defeated and actually consumed by the Beast, who then leaves of his own accord. Oliver also finds himself independently wealthy again, as Dover had transferred all his financial assets to Oliver in anticipation of taking over his body. He also picked up a new sidekick, Mia Dearden, who would become the new Speedy, under Oliver's tutelage.[10]

After the resurrection storyline, Smith wrote a second and shorter arc involving a super-powered serial killer, calling himself Onomatopoeia, who sought to claim Connor Hawke as his latest victim. Smith then left the title, and Brad Meltzer took over as writer.

Meltzer's single storyline for Green Arrow featured Oliver and his former sidekick, Roy Harper, reuniting and going on a cross-country road trip to pick up old possessions of Oliver's, most notably a spare Green Lantern power ring entrusted to him by Hal Jordan many years earlier. The story also revealed that Oliver knew all along that Connor Hawke was his son and was even present at his birth, but that Oliver ultimately abandoned Connor and his mother, because of his fear of the responsibilities of fatherhood. Meltzer's storyline would continue into the mini-series Green Lantern: Rebirth, which featured Oliver's attempts to use the ring.

Meltzer went on to write the mini-series Identity Crisis, which heavily featured Green Arrow as one of the story's main characters.

During this time, the character also appeared in a number of other titles, such as the Justice League and Justice League Elite. This series is notable for showing a brief affair with Dawn, the wife of the team's magical expert, Manitou Raven.

Judd Winick, 2004–2008[edit]

Judd Winick took over as Green Arrow's writer and made many changes. Mia Dearden, the new Speedy, was revealed to be HIV positive, and attempts were made to expand Green Arrow's Rogues Gallery with Merlyn the archer, Constantine Drakon, and Danny Brickwell (the Brick) joining the cast of existing Green Arrow villains such as the illusion-casting Count Vertigo and the enigmatic Onomatopoeia, the latter of whom, himself, was a relatively recent addition. Other DC villains, such as the Riddler, made guest appearances throughout his run.

2006 saw the title (along with other DC comics titles) jump "One Year Later" after the events in Infinite Crisis. Oliver, having once again amassed a large personal fortune, is the newly elected mayor of Star City. He continues his fight for justice both on the streets and within the political system. He also has a new costume, which appears to be a combination of the classic Neal Adams costume and the Mike Grell Longbow Hunters costume. In flashbacks, it is revealed that Oliver survived a near-fatal attack during the events of the Infinite Crisis, and used his recuperation time to retrain.

He works with several expert instructors, including a sensei known as Natas, who also trained Deathstroke. The current Green Arrow (vol. 3) series ended with issue #75 in June 2007, concluding with the character, having resigned as mayor after a scandal, proposing to Dinah (Black Canary).

In 2007, Andy Diggle and Jock's Green Arrow: Year One[11] presented the newest official version of his origin. Using concepts from previous iterations, Oliver Queen is a rich, thrill-seeking activist who is attacked, thrown overboard, and washes up on an island where he learns of a smuggling operation. Upon witnessing the inhabitants' slave-like living conditions, he begins to take down the smugglers' operation. He eventually returns to civilization changed by his experiences. In the final part of the story, Oliver claims that a mutiny or the actions of a group of heroin dealers could be used as a cover story for what transpired, referencing the original Green Arrow origin story, as well as Mike Grell's version.

Green Arrow/Black Canary[edit]

After the end of the ongoing series, DC Comics published a four-part bi-monthly Black Canary miniseries in which Green Arrow teamed up with Black Canary to help get Sin into school and establish a new life. This series concluded with the Black Canary accepting his proposal. This resulted in DC Comics publishing three interconnected specials revolving around the Green Arrow/Black Canary wedding that tied into that month's "Countdown" stories. These were The Black Canary Wedding Planner, JLA Wedding Special, and The Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special. The wedding special worked as a lead-in for a new Green Arrow/Black Canary series. At the conclusion of the wedding special, the Black Canary is forced to kill Green Arrow after he appears to go mad and attacks her.

The new ongoing series picked up on this, quickly revealing that Green Arrow was alive (the dead Green Arrow being an impostor) and being held hostage by "Athena". The Black Canary, Connor and Mia launch a rescue mission to save Green Arrow. As the team is united, and on their way to safety, Connor is struck by a bullet meant for Oliver, and is left in a vegetative state. While Connor rests, Oliver and Dinah go out and are officially married, since they had never actually been married in the Wedding Special, but they come home to find Connor has been kidnapped.

This storyline led directly into the second arc that followed the rescue of Connor Hawke from a mysterious foe. Connor is eventually found, now having recovered thanks to manipulation by Doctor Sivana. With issue #15, Andrew Kreisberg took over as the series writer.

Blackest Night, Cry for Justice & Rise and Fall[edit]

Oliver is transformed into a Black Lantern Corps member and attacks his former allies, notably his son, wife and sidekick. During the battle, Connor says he never really forgave his father,[12] while Oliver's internal monologue reveals his thoughts, which express concerns for his "family" and disgust at his actions. The team manage to disable Oliver by freezing him with liquid nitrogen.

In the Cry for Justice miniseries, JLA foe Prometheus destroys Star City, as part of a grand scheme to "hurt" the Justice League community of heroes. After tricking the Justice League into releasing him, Green Arrow tracks him down to his hidden lair and kills him with a single arrow right between the eyes.[13]

This murder, committed in secret, is what Oliver considers justice for the bombings (which also cost the life of Lian Harper, Roy Harper's (Red Arrow) daughter, who was killed in the bombing of Star City) and this immediately leads into the Rise and Fall storyline, in which Oliver obsessively hunts other super-villains allied with Prometheus during the recent events,[14] including Prometheus's former allies who were involved in the bombing. When his JLA comrades learn of this plot, they confront Green Arrow and he realizes he has crossed a line and turns himself in; Black Canary returns her wedding ring and declares their marriage over. The Green Arrow/Black Canary series ends during this story arc, and in the pages of Justice League: Rise and Fall Special, Oliver is found not guilty as most of the jury sympathise with his motives. Nonetheless he is exiled from Star City's remains.[15]

Brightest Day[edit]

Following the events of Blackest Night, Deadman was brought to the ruins of Star City by his white ring. Powered by the entity of life on Earth, the ring created a vast green forest, that instantly grew in the presence of the white light, in much of what remained of Star City.[16]

Unbeknownst to the populace of Star City, Green Arrow returns and lives within the new forest, trying his best to protect a city still reeling from the death and destruction of Prometheus's attacks. With the law breaking down and numerous public figures being murdered, a new owner of Queen Industries, the result of a hostile takeover, arrives to enforce peace and rebuild the city.[17] This self-proclaimed 'Queen' has a connection to Green Arrow's father and claims to be upholding the Queen family legacy where Oliver failed.[18]

The New 52[edit]

In 2011, DC chose to relaunch its titles with new #1 issues and a refreshed continuity, and called this initiative The New 52. Green Arrow was one of 52 titles included in this.[19] In the post-Flashpoint continuity, Oliver Queen is Green Arrow and he balances his own breaking of laws with his efforts to bring outlaws to justice across the globe. In the new continuity, Queen runs Q-Core, a communications technology company that is part of Queen Industries, through which he funds and armors himself as Green Arrow. He makes scarce allusion to his former partnership with Roy Harper, but Roy's memories in Red Hood and the Outlaws establish that the pair fell out badly, leading Oliver to expel him from Q-Core, and prompting Roy's own downward spiral.[20] He is based once again in Seattle and supported in his vigilante activities by a small team of close friends who are tech geniuses.

The New 52 series was originally written by J.T. Krul, who was later replaced by Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens, who were in turn replaced by Ann Nocenti. None of these writers' runs were well received by critics or fans, and beginning with issue 17, the series received a new creative team in writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino; this team has brought more positive reception to the book. Lemire's story introduces new mysteries concerning Oliver's original time on the island where he was shipwrecked; a central mythology concerning the ancient Arrow Clan and several other weapon-themed analogues to the Arrow; and new antagonists, including Komodo, who Oliver learns was his father's archer apprentice and murderer. It has also seen the New 52 debut of several characters, such as Count Vertigo, the Clock King, and Richard Dragon, as well as John Diggle, a character originally created for the TV series Arrow.

From 2013, DC also chose to include Green Arrow as a headlining character in its Justice League of America (vol. 3) series, which runs alongside Justice League (vol. 2) and Justice League Dark. In this book, Queen is part of a crack state-sponsored team assembled by Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor of A.R.G.U.S. to bring in good PR for the US government and serve as a defence against the independent Justice League headed by Superman and Batman should they ever go rogue.

Other versions[edit]

One-armed Green Arrow in The Dark Knight Returns

Many alternative versions of the character have appeared in DC Comics publications. The original version of the character became established as the Earth-Two version of Green Arrow who was a member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory and All-Star Squadron in the 1940s, along with his sidekick Speedy. Aside from their origin, which states the two were trained together on a mesa top, their history nearly parallels the history of the Earth-One version, up until the point when Green Arrow and Speedy, along with their teammates, were thrown into various periods of time during a battle with the Nebula Man. He was killed during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. A retcon was made, in Crisis on Infinite Earths, that the Earth-Two Green Arrow had brown hair, as opposed to Earth-One's Green Arrow being blond. Similarly, the Earth-Two Speedy has blonde hair, as opposed to Earth-One's Speedy having red.

The character appears in Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and the sequel Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Despite missing an arm (implied to be because of Superman), Oliver still proves to be an effective archer (he grasps the nocks of his arrows in his teeth). The Emerald Archer later acquires a cybernetic replacement for his lost arm from Batman in the sequel and there was an action figure made with his missing arm in the box. The death scene in Green Arrow #100–101 pays tribute to Miller's story. Superman's only course of action to rescue Green Arrow is by removing his arm, but Queen refuses to let him – admitting later in Quiver that he refused due to both his own issues at this point in his life and the more practical issue that he would be useless as an archer with one arm – thus bringing about his apparent death. In The Dark Knight Returns, Queen is portrayed as an anarchist, while in The Dark Knight Strikes Again he is explicitly described as a "billionaire turned Communist."

An older, balding Green Arrow appears in Mark Waid and Alex Ross' futuristic Kingdom Come, in which Oliver has joined forces with Batman to oppose Superman's army. He married his longtime love Dinah Lance and they have a daughter, Olivia Queen.

Green Arrow appears in League of Justice, a The Lord of the Rings–inspired fantasy where the character is renamed "Longbow Greenarrow", a mysterious wizard resembling Gandalf; JLA: Age of Wonder shows Green Arrow as a defender of the poor and an enemy of oppression.

In JLA: The Nail and its sequel, Oliver is a featured as a crippled ex-hero, having lost an arm, an eye, and the use of his legs in a fight with Amazo, the same battle resulting in the death of Katar Hol. Bitter and furious, he is now wheelchair bound, and spreads fear on Perry White's talk show about the JLA being aliens and claims that they are planning to conquer the world; his former teammates speculate that this is his method of coping. In the sequel, Oliver's brain is transplanted into Amazo's body – the Flash having removed Amazo's computerized brain in an earlier fight – restoring his sanity, allowing him to defeat the creature threatening the universe at the cost of his own life, after mending fences with his former teammates.

In Batman: Holy Terror, Oliver Queen is mentioned as having been executed, found guilty of supporting underground Jewish "pornographers"; and he has a cameo as Bruce Wayne's society friend in Dean Motter's Batman: Nine Lives. Green Arrow has also appeared in the Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book. Oliver Queen also appears in Mike Mignola's Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, where he is portrayed as a latter-day Templar equipped with magic arrows dipped in the blood of Saint Sebastian. He is killed in issue #2 by Poison Ivy.

DC's weekly series 52 established a new 52-Earth Multiverse. On Earth-3, an evil equivalent of Green Arrow is a member of the supervillain co-op called the Crime Society of America. In Tangent Comics (Earth-9), Green Arrow is a type of soda with the slogan: "Hits the Spot." On Earth-15, Roy Harper has replaced Oliver as Green Arrow.[21] The Kingdom Come (Earth-22) and Dark Knight Returns (Earth-31) stories and their variations of Oliver were later amalgamated into the 52-Earth Multiverse. In the gender-reversed world of Earth-11, Oliver is now Olivia Queen, and that world's version of the Black Canary closely resembles him in appearance.[22]

In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Oliver Queen is the head of Green Arrow Industries, a major military contracting company, and leads an ex-military band of Green Arrows. Even though Oliver is an inventive genius, he steals advanced gadgets from super-villains for military use. In one day, Oliver discovers his Green Arrows were killed by a female raider. Taking his weapons and gadgets to hunt down the woman in battle, Oliver shockingly learns that she is a daughter of his and Vixen, Oliver's former lover, and the reason she attacked him was because Green Arrow Industries built factories which specializing in testing super-villain weapons in American towns that inadvertently became targets for the super-villains looking to gain their weapons back. Shocked by her revelation, Oliver had only been stalling before his daughter is killed by his reserve teams he earlier called.[23]

Skills and abilities[edit]

Oliver Queen is perhaps the finest archer ever known. He claims to be able to shoot 29 arrows per minute (he stated this himself, in the Sound of Violence story arc, when he corrected Black Canary for saying 26). He has a wide-variety of trick arrows, ranging from bola arrows to time-bomb arrows to his infamous boxing-glove arrow. In recent years he has used these arrows sparingly, preferring the time-tested simple arrow. Green Arrow has shown the ability to shoot an arrow down the barrel of a gun, pierce a drop of water as it leaves a tap, and shoot almost any part of the human body; although he aims only to wound and not kill when he shoots. He once shot two arrows down two different gun barrels while upside down, in mid-flip while somersaulting off a building.

He is proficient in several forms of hand-to-hand combat including judo, kickboxing, tae kwon do and karate. Proclaimed as a martial arts master, he has shown the ability to take on seven people at once. He spent several months dedicated to making himself a better fighter and trained with many of the world's finest martial arts teachers and even went through training from Natas, the same person who trained Deathstroke. He has displayed on many occasions that he is an expert in acrobatics, and often uses this skill while evading enemy fire.

Archery is by far Oliver's preferred method of hunting. He is proficient enough in hunting to pursue a cougar without it ever noticing. Oliver is also very proficient with a sword, though it is not his weapon of choice. He has beaten Jason Todd in a swordfight and has deflected an incoming arrow with the sword he carries.

In Golden Age stories, Green Arrow used to own and fly an airplane called the Arrowplane.

In other media[edit]

Collected editions[edit]

The trade paperback edition of The Archer's Quest (#16–21) was released as Volume 4 in the series after Straight Shooter (#26–31) was released as Volume 3. The hardcover editions of Quiver, The Sounds Of Violence, and The Archer's Quest were never numbered.

TitleMaterial collectedISBN
Beginnings & Team-up with Green Lantern
The Green Arrow by Jack KirbyAdventure Comics #250–256; World's Finest Comics #96–99
Showcase Presents: Green ArrowAdventure Comics #250–266, #268–269; Brave and the Bold #50, #71, #85; Justice League of America #4; World's Finest Comics #95–140SC: 978-1-4012-0785-4
Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol. 1Green Lantern Vol. 2 #76–82SC: 978-1-4012-0224-8
Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol. 2Green Lantern Vol. 2 #83–87, #89; The Flash #212–219, #226SC: 978-1-4012-0230-9
The Green Lantern/Green Arrow CollectionGreen Lantern Vol. 2 #76–87, #89, The Flash #212–219, #226HC: 978-1-5638-9639-2
Green Arrow/Black Canary: For Better or for WorseJustice League of America #75, backups from Action Comics #428 & 434, Joker #4, Green Lantern Vol. 2 #94-95, backup from Detective Comics #549-550, & excerpts from Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters #1, Green Arrow vol. 2 #75 & 101, & Green Arrow Vol. 3 #4-5, 12, & 21SC: 978-1401214463
Green Lantern: Emerald Allies featuring Green ArrowGreen Arrow Vol. 2 #104, #110–111, #125–126; Green Lantern Vol. 3 #76–77, #92SC: 978-1-5638-9603-3
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights featuring Green ArrowGreen Arrow Vol. 2 #136; Green Lantern Vol. 3 #99-106SC: 978-1-563-89475-6
Green Arrow Return
Green Arrow: QuiverGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #1–10HC: 978-1-5638-9802-0
SC: 978-1-5638-9965-2
Green Arrow: The Sounds of ViolenceGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #11–15HC: 978-1-5638-9976-8
SC: 978-1-4012-0045-9
Green Arrow: The Archer's QuestGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #16–21HC: 978-1-4012-0010-7
SC: 978-1-4012-0044-2
Green Arrow: Straight ShooterGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #26–31SC: 978-1-4012-0200-2
Green Arrow: City WallsGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #32, #34–39SC: 978-1-4012-0464-8
Green Arrow: Moving TargetsGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #40–50SC: 978-1-4012-0930-8
Green Arrow: Heading Into the LightGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #52, #54–59SC: 978-1-4012-1094-6
Green Arrow: Crawling From the WreckageGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #60–65SC: 978-1-4012-1232-2
Green Arrow: Road to JerichoGreen Arrow Vol. 3 #66–75SC: 978-1-4012-1508-8
Green Arrow/Black Canary
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Road to the AltarBirds of Prey #109; Black Canary #1–4; Black Canary Wedding PlannerSC: 978-1-4012-1863-8
Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding AlbumGreen Arrow/Black Canary #1–5; Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding SpecialHC: 978-1-4012-1841-6
SC: 978-1-4012-2219-2
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Family BusinessGreen Arrow/Black Canary #6–10SC: 978-1-4012-2016-7
Green Arrow/Black Canary: A League of Their OwnGreen Arrow/Black Canary #11–14; Green Arrow Secret Files #1SC: 978-1-4012-2250-5
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Enemies ListGreen Arrow/Black Canary #15–20SC: 978-1-4012-2498-1
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Big GameGreen Arrow/Black Canary #21–26SC: 978-1-4012-2709-8
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Five StagesGreen Arrow/Black Canary #27–30SC: 978-1-4012-2898-9
Green Arrow: Into the WoodsGreen Arrow Vol. 4 #1–7HC: 1401230733
Green Arrow: SalvationGreen Arrow Vol. 4 #8–15HC: 1401233945
The New 52
Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Midas TouchGreen Arrow Vol. 5 #1-6SC: 978-1-4012-3486-0
Green Arrow Vol. 2: Triple ThreatGreen Arrow Vol. 5 #7-13SC: 978-1-4012-3842-1
Green Arrow Vol. 3: HarrowGreen Arrow Vol. 5 #0, 14-16, The Savage Hawkman #14, Justice League Vol. 2 #8SC: 978-1-4012-4405-7
Green Arrow Vol. 4: The Kill MachineGreen Arrow Vol. 5 #17-24SC: 978-1401246907
Miscellaneous
Green Arrow: Year OneGreen Arrow: Year One #1–6HC: 978-1-4012-1687-0
SC: 978-1-4012-1743-3
Green Arrow: The Longbow HuntersGreen Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1–3SC: 978-0-9302-8938-6
Justice League: Rise and FallJustice League: Rise and Fall Special #1, Green Arrow #31–32, Rise of Arsenal #1–4, Justice League Vol. 2 #43HC: 140123013X

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The 4th volume carried on the numbering of Green Arrow/Black Canary series and tied into the "Blackest Night" and "Fall of Green Arrow" story lines/events. It only ran for three issues and may have been viewed as a finite series by the publisher.
  2. ^ a b c Greenberger, Robert (2008). "Green Arrow". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 142–143. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5. OCLC 213309017. 
  3. ^ David, Peter (May 14, 1999). "'Aw, C'mon!' and other awards" "But I Digress...". Comics Buyer's Guide (1330). 
  4. ^ France Herron entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  5. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1960s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Artist Neal Adams targeted the Emerald Archer for a radical redesign that ultimately evolved past the surface level ... the most significant aspect of this issue was Adams's depiction of Oliver Queen's alter ego. He had rendered a modern-day Robin Hood, complete with goatee and mustache, plus threads that were more befitting an ace archer." 
  6. ^ O'Neil, Dennis (June 2004). "Introduction". Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol. 1. DC Comics. ISBN 978-1-4012-0224-8. 
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1980s" in Dolan, p. 201: "The Battling Bowman fought his way into his own four-issue miniseries at long last, thanks to writer Mike W. Barr and artist Trevor Von Eeden."
  8. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 229: "Writer/artist Mike Grell introduced a Green Arrow for the modern comic book reader in the three-issue prestige format Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters."
  9. ^ Cronin, Brian (April 10, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #150". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 24, 2008. 
  10. ^ Smith, Kevin; Phil Hester, Ande Parks (May 2003). Green Arrow: Quiver. DC Comics. ISBN 978-1-56389-965-2. 
  11. ^ Diggle, Andy (April 2009). Green Arrow: Year One. DC Comics. ISBN 978-1-4012-1743-3. 
  12. ^ Green Arrow (vol. 4) #31 (May 2010)
  13. ^ Justice League: Cry for Justice #1–7
  14. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #41 (January 2010)
  15. ^ Justice League: Rise and Fall Special (March 2010)
  16. ^ "Brightest Day" #0
  17. ^ "Brightest Day: Green Arrow" #1
  18. ^ "Brightest Day: Green Arrow" #3
  19. ^ Billionaire World-Traveling Green Arrow Returns for DCnU, Newsarama, June 14, 2011
  20. ^ Red Hood and the Outlaws #3
  21. ^ Countdown #24 (November 2007)
  22. ^ Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer – Superwoman/Batwoman #1 (February 2008)
  23. ^ Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries one-shot (June 2011)

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