Green Arrow Vol. 1Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen (Rebirth) is written by Benjamin Percy and illustrated by Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra. It collects Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 and Green Arrow #1-5.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

The way the Emerald Archer lives his life will change forever, as Green Arrow is betrayed by those closest to him!

A budding relationship with Black Canary forces Ollie to confront the fact that you can’t fight “the man” if you are “the man.” And one by one, all of his friends leave him, and all the money in the world won’t bring them back when he needs them most. The events of “The Death and Life of Oliver Queen” will rattle Oliver’s status quo so much, his choices as a superhero will never be the same again.

The Pursuit of Justice

Oliver Queen is a socialite playboy who is the CEO of Queen Industries. While he leaves the company in the trusted hands of his CFO, he is a philanthropic do-gooder. As he glides through the dark streets of Seattle as Green Arrow, his legacy of charity bears his name. The children’s hospital, the homeless shelter, and a home for battered women.

Queen has followed the advice of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who said that one should gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you. Wesley would note that most Methodists were much better at the first two, than at the third.

While there is all this good happening in the city, Queen is having an internal struggle with the pursuit of justice. The surprise, but welcomed, encounter with Black Canary, the pop star superhero with lungs to kill, only fuels Arrow’s struggle.

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He insists that money can buy happiness, and points out his good works with founding the homeless shelter and other charitable places. Black Canary points all that the bulk of his relationships, even where he is doing good, are based on money.

She implies that his relationships based on money are blinding him to the things that happening right under his nose. Like how all the missing homeless bring trafficked in a Queen Industries shipping container.  As he investigates the sudden rise in missing homeless people, mainly women and children, he is surprised to find Black Canary was right. There is a lot happening right under his nose!

When You are the Man

One of questions that the graphic novel raises is, sHow can you fight the man when you are the man?” This question embodies the struggle Green Arrow faces. Especially after learning an evil underground bank has been using his money so fund sinister acts.sWhat Oliver Queen must do is a take a long look at himself; sis leadership; and his decisions. Every decision has a consequences that affects other people. In his pursuit of justice, Queen must first start with himself. Which maybe why we find him stranded on a deserted island.

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Overall, this is a fantastic collection.  I really like this Green Arrow. The story has action, and yet is soul deep. The artwork is some of the best that I have seen.

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Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a digital review copy.