Green Arrow #12 puts Ollie on the wrong side of the law.
In a similar way to how the Aquaman Rebirth series looked at the Atlantean hero’s status in the world, this issue takes all the events that the Emerald Archer’s been a part of, and analyses them like we would in our society. It cleverly asks the question about whether he could be considered a terrorist or not. It’s that level of accountability that comes with the mantle of being a hero, and it’s a clever way of integrating the world’s opinion of the character away from just being Oliver Queen.
It’s also socially relevant in a huge portion of the story. A corrupt politician encouraging his followers to get rid of a campaigner for an opponent “and don’t be nice about it”. He then goes on to brag about knowing how hard it is to get money – essentially trying to make himself seem like he’s on the side of the working class. Does this sound familiar in our current political state? The story also segues into a moment where a police officer abuses his position to beat up a civilian. It’s these kind of situations that ground the story and make it a little more relatable than the larger world ending stories we’ve previously seen from DC Comics.
Green Arrow #12 ends the story on a chilling moment that brings the story right back around to those speaking about the vigilante on live television. This is going to change things massively for Ollie and co. This is probably the part where it gets worse before it gets better. The Emerald Archer’s Rebirth run is definitely one of our favourites, it completely outshines plenty of other DC titles. If you’re looking for a grounded hero at a disadvantage – we would seriously recommend Green Arrow #12 – or just his entire current Rebirth run.
- Social relevance
- Character development