Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen

Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen

Green Arrow's life will be forever changed as he is betrayed by those closest to him! A budding relationship with Black Canary forces Ollie to confront the fact that he can't fight "the man" if he is "the man." And one by one, his friends desert him-and all the money in the world won't bring them back when he needs them most.Collecting: Green Arrow 1-5, Rebirth...

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Title:Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen
Author:Benjamin Percy
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ISBN:1401267815
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:160 pages

Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen Reviews

  • Sesana
    Jan 21, 2017

    I actually really, really liked this. Enough so that I'm considering going back and reading some New 52 Green Arrow. I only picked this one up because I decided to read almost everything that came out of Rebirth, and this is the first one that's been a real hit with me. I like how Percy writes Ollie, which fits with just about everything else I've ever read with him in it. The story works, though I'm sure that I missed some beats because I'm behind on this version of Green Arrow. Still, I never

    I actually really, really liked this. Enough so that I'm considering going back and reading some New 52 Green Arrow. I only picked this one up because I decided to read almost everything that came out of Rebirth, and this is the first one that's been a real hit with me. I like how Percy writes Ollie, which fits with just about everything else I've ever read with him in it. The story works, though I'm sure that I missed some beats because I'm behind on this version of Green Arrow. Still, I never actually felt more than a step behind, and Percy did a fairly good job of keeping me caught up in a fairly natural way. And by the way, this is a gorgeous book. Ferreyra's art and, especially, his coloring is wonderful to look at. I love when I'm reading a comic and I pause before reading a page, just to admire how it looks, and I found myself doing that at least two or three times each issue. This is the first Rebirth title to exceed my expectations and make me want more, though I haven't found a dud yet.

  • Roxanne
    Sep 11, 2016

    I've said it before but i don't really give Green Arrow a chance, mainly because whenever he appears in other comics he always come across as a total asshole.

    However i did quite like this one, thought the story was decent if not a little too heavy on the double crossing, to the point where i'm not sure if there was a person that wasn't being doubled cross. The artwork was amazing and the colouring was just a beaut, and it definitely stands out more than the story. It's a pretty solid volume and

    I've said it before but i don't really give Green Arrow a chance, mainly because whenever he appears in other comics he always come across as a total asshole.

    However i did quite like this one, thought the story was decent if not a little too heavy on the double crossing, to the point where i'm not sure if there was a person that wasn't being doubled cross. The artwork was amazing and the colouring was just a beaut, and it definitely stands out more than the story. It's a pretty solid volume and i'm interested to see where this one goes and it's well worth picking up especially for those new to Queen he's not as big of a douche as i first thought, ya won me over with this one.

  • James DeSantis
    Dec 21, 2016

    Green Arrow is back! I mean I already enjoyed most of New52 run once Lemire got on. However this is more positive and fun which can be good for our Ollie.

    The only negatives that hit me is the story is a bit safe. I mean the betrayals are easy to see, the double then triple crossing even easier to see coming, and it's a bit too basic at times.

    Okay now that's out of the way let's talk good. Oliver is super fun and he should be, Emi is great and love she's back, Diggle is here but very different

    Green Arrow is back! I mean I already enjoyed most of New52 run once Lemire got on. However this is more positive and fun which can be good for our Ollie.

    The only negatives that hit me is the story is a bit safe. I mean the betrayals are easy to see, the double then triple crossing even easier to see coming, and it's a bit too basic at times.

    Okay now that's out of the way let's talk good. Oliver is super fun and he should be, Emi is great and love she's back, Diggle is here but very different than the show and works, and Black Canary is THE BEST. The whole cast is A+ in my opinion. Also a HUGE plus is the art. This is probably some of the BEST art right now for Rebirth. I fucking love how it's easy to follow everything and everyone has a distinct look.

    This is a great opening. Some new fans might be clueless who is who but they fill you in pretty quickly. I give it a 4/5!

  • Chris Lemmerman
    Jan 07, 2017

    [Read as single issues]

    Oliver Queen's first Rebirth adventures begin here as he runs into Black Canary, and their relationship blossoms alongside the downfall of everything in Oliver's life as his sister betrays him, his ex-girlfriend betrays him, and his closest work colleague also betrays him. Not a good start for the Emerald Archer, but a great story.

    This is a very different book to Ben Percy's previous run on the title; this feels like the Green Arrow everyone knows and loves, with a healthl

    [Read as single issues]

    Oliver Queen's first Rebirth adventures begin here as he runs into Black Canary, and their relationship blossoms alongside the downfall of everything in Oliver's life as his sister betrays him, his ex-girlfriend betrays him, and his closest work colleague also betrays him. Not a good start for the Emerald Archer, but a great story.

    This is a very different book to Ben Percy's previous run on the title; this feels like the Green Arrow everyone knows and loves, with a healthly spattering of the Arrow TV show for good measure. Add in the absolutely gorgeous and innovative artwork from Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra and this is easily one of the strongest Rebirth debuts.

  • Storm
    Jan 10, 2017

    This was a surprising win for me. If I was basing my review on just issue 1, this would be a skip, but it gets much better!

    My knowledge of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow is extremely limited, at least comic book wise. I’ve never read a Green Arrow book, although I have seen 3 seasons of the television show, Arrow. So throughout parts of this book I was a little confused.

    The Death and Life of Oliv

    This was a surprising win for me. If I was basing my review on just issue 1, this would be a skip, but it gets much better!

    My knowledge of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow is extremely limited, at least comic book wise. I’ve never read a Green Arrow book, although I have seen 3 seasons of the television show, Arrow. So throughout parts of this book I was a little confused.

    The Death and Life of Oliver Queen collects issues 1-5 of the DC Universe Rebirth. In this collection Oliver has returned to Seattle and learns about a large amount of missing people cases that he must get to the bottom of immediately. Together with his half-sister Emiko and Black Canary, he begins to uncover an even greater threat… And it’s coming from his own company!

    Overall the plot is very repetitive and predictable BUT if you’ve never read a comic book or watched a comic book movie (*cough* IRON MAN *cough*) then you might be surprised throughout parts of these issues. I’m only thinking about Iron Man because I just rewatched it last week. (Thank you, Hulu!)

    It took me a couple of issues to get into this story and to really learn about who THIS Oliver Queen was going to be and at issue 4, I started to really enjoy it. I’m so grateful I was given access to this volume, because otherwise I might not have read it. And the ending to the collection makes me want to track back and pick up the next issues and start picking it up as it comes out.

    The most enjoyable part for me was Black Canary. I loved her. She was honest and true and so in control that I found it hard not to see her as more experienced than anyone else in this comic. I love the team up between her and Oliver and I’m interested to see where that goes in the next volume. There was a great part when Oliver is so happy to see her kicking ass, it’s perfect. I loved it so much.

    As for Emiko and her mother Shado, I didn’t get that great of an impression of them. They are characters I don’t think I’ve ever read about so I wasn’t really sure how to take some of their actions in this comic. I’m interested to learn more, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Do I think you should add Green Arrow to your pull let? I have no idea. I’m not going to… Yet.

    Do I think you should read Green Arrow Volume 1? You should give it a shot. It wasn’t a waste of my time and I did enjoy it. I have a hard time saying no to Black Canary, so I’ll take what I can get.

    This is my first foray into the Rebirth comics, I have a bunch more to read before I can really tell what I think of the reboot as a whole and where Green Arrow stacks up in comparison.

    Does this feel like New 52 to you?

    Let me know what you think of Green Arrow and if it is on your pull list, let me know if I should add it to mine.

  • Steve
    Jan 20, 2017

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

    This was actually quite a fun book. I've always viewed Oliver Queen/Green Arrow as a Bruce Wayne/Batman knockoff, you know, the rich playboy socialite by day, mercenary by night.

    This story kind of knocks that concept on its head, and Benjamin Percy actually turns in a pretty good story. The artwork is pretty good, too.

    I'll keep reading this one, I think.

  • Chad Harmon
    Feb 16, 2017

    I found this, just OK. I liked that they finally brought Black Canary around. However, I don't like that they aged Emi up to a teenager. She's a much cooler character as a 7 or 8 year old. My problem with this book is that's there's way too much in it. The Underground Men, the Burned, and The Ninth Circle are all introduced and thrown away by the end of the book. If you're going to set up this evil, globe encompassing group, keep them the main focus for an extended period leading up a big confro

    I found this, just OK. I liked that they finally brought Black Canary around. However, I don't like that they aged Emi up to a teenager. She's a much cooler character as a 7 or 8 year old. My problem with this book is that's there's way too much in it. The Underground Men, the Burned, and The Ninth Circle are all introduced and thrown away by the end of the book. If you're going to set up this evil, globe encompassing group, keep them the main focus for an extended period leading up a big confrontation a year or two from now. Ollie gets left for dead, loses his money and reputation, gets an opportunity to get it back, and throws it all away in a couple of issues. Some better pacing would do this series a lot of good. Everything doesn't need to be resolved in a single page. If you weren't wild about the previous 2 GA books, this one isn't going to change your mind.

    Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Chris
    Feb 21, 2017

    I hate to only give two stars to a book with such great artwork, but the efforts of artists Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra are undermined by continuity-induced confusion and an ultimately weak plot from writer Ben Percy.

    The only two Green Arrow books I read before this were Year One and the Lemire/Sorrentino Deluxe Edition. I was led to believe by DC and single issue readers that I could jump ahead to Rebirth with no problems, but guess what? That isn't the case.

    Four or five issues into this tra

    I hate to only give two stars to a book with such great artwork, but the efforts of artists Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra are undermined by continuity-induced confusion and an ultimately weak plot from writer Ben Percy.

    The only two Green Arrow books I read before this were Year One and the Lemire/Sorrentino Deluxe Edition. I was led to believe by DC and single issue readers that I could jump ahead to Rebirth with no problems, but guess what? That isn't the case.

    Four or five issues into this trade and I was struggling to fill in blanks that I missed by not reading Ben Percy's first run from the end of the New 52. This was in contrast to the largely accessible first half and prevented any kind of immersion. Putting past stories aside, this arc left me wanting due to some truly uninspired writing and a convoluted and incredibly circumstantial resolution. This was swiftly followed by an ending that left me in a state of exasperated amusement.

    A poor jumping-on point that's derivative of previous (not to mention recent and superior) Green Arrow stories and a waste of two talented artists, The Death and Life of Oliver Queen was a real letdown. I don't understand the hype for this one at all.

  • Sam Quixote
    Feb 20, 2017

    Green Arrow and Black Canary are a couple again and they’re fighting bankers - this couldn’t possibly suck could it? It could. It does. Bah. Fucking Rebirth!

    Benjamin Percy’s painfully hacky script utterly ruined what I (foolishly) hoped would be a half-decent Green Arrow book. The first two pages had me asking, disbelieving, “Really?” The scene: a rich, attractive Republican (read: NAZI) woman storms out on a dinner date with Ollie muttering “Liberal pig” followed by Ollie handing a hundo to a

    Green Arrow and Black Canary are a couple again and they’re fighting bankers - this couldn’t possibly suck could it? It could. It does. Bah. Fucking Rebirth!

    Benjamin Percy’s painfully hacky script utterly ruined what I (foolishly) hoped would be a half-decent Green Arrow book. The first two pages had me asking, disbelieving, “Really?” The scene: a rich, attractive Republican (read: NAZI) woman storms out on a dinner date with Ollie muttering “Liberal pig” followed by Ollie handing a hundo to a Dickensian street urchin whose mother is playing a guitar with the Woody Guthrie sticker “This Machine Kills Fascists” on it. Percy simplistically portrays this world like a fucking cartoon! There’s the rich and the conservative - they’re BAD - and there’s the poor and the liberal - they’re GOOD! It’s so ridiculous.

    Then Ollie proudly calls himself a Social Justice Warrior (cringe!) and Dinah gives him shit about being white and privileged. Ugh, why? This cancerous left-wing bullshit ruins everything. So Ollie has to “prove” he’s good enough for self-righteous Dinah by showing her all his amazing charity work in Seattle (I guess Star City didn’t make the transition into Rebirth?). I just don’t know why she’d want to make him feel bad for being a heroic vigilante on top of his community work - what a bitch! And what’s she doing with her rock star money that’s so much better anyway?

    Continuity-wise, it’s a mess. This is pre-New 52 Green Arrow and DC You-era Black Canary but they’ve also never met before so we get to see their romance from the beginning… and when did Ollie get a Japanese sister?!

    The story is full of cliches. Ollie’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit, there’s a friend fighting friend scene, there’s a Japanese ninja lady wittering on about “honor” because that’s what Japanese people do right? And, I swear to Jeebus this is real, after Ollie speaks to his company’s CFO and leaves, the room darkens, a shadow crosses the CFO’s face, lightning cracks outside, and the CFO picks up a phone and says “It’s time.” Corny. As. Fuck. Can you tell he’s the villain??? There’s also some lame dialogue sprinkled throughout, the worst of which was Dinah saying “It seems like every time I get close to someone… everybody gets hurt, including me” (which she says twice). Faceplant.

    The villains are awful. Percy bases them around Dante’s Inferno so there are characters called Dante and Virgil, the bank is literally called the Inferno, the group is the Ninth Circle (as in the Ninth Circle of Hell, where traitors go), and quotes from Dante’s poetry appear as well. Unimaginative, contrived drivel.

    Why so much focus on Middle Ages Italian poetry? No idea. Percy just likes villains with a literary flavour I guess. Why do they burn their workers? No idea. Why are they stealing Seattle’s homeless and trying to frame Ollie? Look, this book is garbage, alright? None of it makes sense, they’re just bad guys being bad guys! Percy really didn’t need to literally demonise bankers either, they’re already the worst scum around without actually needing to be physically deformed and bankrolling supervillains - and anyway wouldn’t they make more money ripping off ordinary men and women like they’ve always done?!

    I love artist Juan Ferreyra’s work (see his Dark Horse series Colder for some sensational art) so it’s a real shame he got saddled with such a shitty script. His work is very decent here but not nearly as impressive as it is in non-superhero comics.

    Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen is utter rubbish. Derivative, bland and uninspired, I couldn’t have been more bored reading it. The ending is crap too with Percy looking to repeat Ollie’s origins yet again. I’m starting to view the Rebirth label on books as a warning to stay away from them!

  • Ellen
    Feb 23, 2017

    I'm biased because I've always had a thing for bow and arrow guys.