I’ve always been a sucker for the Green Arrow. Not CW’s Arrow and what they did to him, but the Green Arrow. My absolute favorite interpretation of him is from the Young Justice cartoon, mostly thanks to Alan Tudyk. I didn’t jump in on The New 52 version, but when I heard they were going to reunite him with Black Canary for Rebirth, of course I was all in. I’m a romantic at heart. Or really, a sucker romantic. That’s how I got back into Uncanny Avengers and I’m still irked about it. But that’s a different story for a different day. I jumped into Green Arrow Rebirth with the hopes that Oliver Queen would be his witty self and Black Canary would be around to keep him in line. I should just read older comics, because this is nothing like that.

Oliver Queen has completely lost his sense of humor. And he’s become a self-proclaimed social justice warrior. The eyes rolled so hard to the back of my head when I read that. Yes, I know that as a vigilante he’s always been warrior to help the little people. But it’s something else entirely when he calls himself a phrase I personally loathe. Plus, it’s so high and mighty for Ollie to go on rants about helping everyone you can when he has billions of dollars. Thank God Black Canary showed up to point out exactly that. And then a few issues later, he lost all of his billions thanks to his half-sister, Emiko.

But issue #6 isn’t about Ollie crying over spilled cash. It’s about Emiko, who I suppose is the new Speedy? Maybe she’s Red Arrow? Well, she doesn’t have a name yet. She’s been hauled off with her mother, Shado, to plead to the Yakuza to let them live after Emiko inadvertently bungled her mother’s double-agent mission. See, this is why when you recruit your daughter to be a double-agent, you also mention that you’re a double-agent in case your daughter tries to do something stupid. As a teenager, Emiko isn’t done doing stupid things, and she refuses to bow down to the Yakuza the way her mother is expected to.

While Emiko is terrorizing the Tokyo underworld to meet the head of the Yakuza, she has flashbacks to the time when she first moved in with Ollie. She apparently did other stupid teenager things that somewhat connects to what she’s doing in present day. As much as it annoyed me that this issue is about a teenage ranger and not Ollie and Black Canary, I can’t deny my intrigue piqued from the last few pages. I’d shake my fist at DC Comics for keeping me hooked, but I have no one to blame but myself.

Yes, I’ll keep reading. For now. At every two weeks, I should find out quickly if I want to continue punishing myself or not.

About Keri Honea

Writer. Gamer. Voracious comic book and video game book reader. Quite possibly subscribes to way too many superhero comics.

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