By Nolan P. Smith
With DC Comics Rebirth, we get a slew of new and relaunched titles, which is actually a great thing, as many of these characters are being somewhat returned to days reminiscent of their glory days. For the emerald archer, this means returning to aspects long missing from the title thanks to the “New 52” era with Green Arrow Rebirth #1.
Written by Benjamin Percy with art by Otto Schmidt, this Rebirth special reintroduces us to Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow. Back is the corporate fat cat smashing, going against the grain and one percenters Green Arrow that fans have loved for years. Also back? The trademark goatee, thankfully. But the other main aspect that returns here is Dinah Lance, the Black Canary. This is a relationship that the New 52 eliminated, and after reading this issue, I am glad it is back.
This issue serves as the first “official” meeting of Green Arrow and Black Canary, setting the stage to what is bound to be an interesting, and often shaky road. The antagonists of the book is a cult bent on stealing the homeless and auctioning them off. Arrow and Canary work together to save a young boy, while learning more about each other in the process.
Percy’s portrayal of Green Arrow is spot on. Being a huge fan of the archer, I haven’t been this excited to read a Green Arrow book since the Kevin Smith and Brad Meltzer runs. Schmidt’s artwork is clean, his designs are great, and I look forward to the artistic path he takes us down as Green Arrow marches forward. This was my favorite of the Rebirth specials released this week, and it has me totally on board for the ongoing series.
Rating; 9.0 out of 10.
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