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Green Arrow is a vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts and technology. In his secret identity, he is Oliver Queen, living in Star City as a wealthy playboy and billionaire industrialist turned outspoken socially progressive politician. He is the leader of Team Arrow; he has also been a member of the Justice League of America and the Outsiders.

Early Life

 Main article: Green Arrow Origins

Oliver Queen was born the only child of Robert and Moira Queen.

As a young child, Oliver idolized his hero Robin Hood and was said to be a natural archer, frequently practicing with his bow and arrows. He was mildly traumatized the first time he accidentally killed an animal, but, after his parents were mauled by lions in a tragic safari accident, Oliver learned the cost of his hesitance to shoot.

Afterwards, Oliver was raised into adulthood by his uncle and eventually inherited the family fortune and business.[4] Queen grew into a rich, thrill-seeking, and drunken playboy with no real sense of responsibility or direction in his life.

At one point in his twenties, Oliver had a fling with a woman named Moonday Hawke. Though, afterwards, Moonday told Oliver she was pregnant, Oliver didn't believe her and paid her handsomely to leave him alone. However, Moonday really was pregnant and secretly had a son without Oliver's realization.

Starfish Island

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Trapped on Starfish Island

However, everything changed when Oliver fell off his personal boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and washed ashore on the remote, isolated Starfish Island. All that Oliver salvaged from the wreckage was a memorabilia bow from a Robin Hood movie he treasured, which he used to help keep him afloat in the ocean. During this time spent without food or shelter, Queen developed his skills as a hunter to survive and gained mastery over his bow. Having previously taken everything in his life for granted, this experience taught him self-reliance and made him into a man.

His second test of character was the discovery that he wasn't alone on Starfish Island. Instead, the remote location was being used by drug smugglers, run by the ruthless international crime lord China White. Using his new skills, Oliver attacked and destroyed their heroin operation and used their resources to contact the authorities. With the operation busted and Oliver rescued, he realized he had found his destiny; he chose to use his abilities and resources as a crime-fighter.[5][6][7][8]

Green Arrow and Speedy

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Green Arrow's early costume

Donning his own masked archer costume, the press dubbed him "Green Arrow" as he made it his mission to protect Star City. Oliver took a cue from his peer Batman and built his own "Arrow Cave," complete with an "Arrowcar" and allegedly a yellow submarine. Oliver created his own "trick arrows that were designed to be non-lethal to use on petty criminals.

A young man named Roy Harper grew to idolize the new hero. Harper was an incredible archer as well, having grown up on a Native American reservation. His mentor Brave Bow was dying and he needed someone to take care of him, so he wanted to become Green Arrow's sidekick.

When Roy proved his worth by taking down several thugs faster than Oliver could, Oliver officially adopted Roy as his legal ward and brought him on as his sidekick. Due to the boy's incredible speed with a bow, Oliver gave him the codename "Speedy", and the two would protect Star City together for some time.[9][6]

Justice League

 Main article: Justice League Origins

Green Arrow would go on to become a member of the Justice League of America, although the story has changed over time.

Originally, Green Arrow joined the team after he rescued the League from an evil alien named Xandor.[10] However, due to fluctuations of the timeline, some details of this event were altered, such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman not being present.[11]

In another version of the story, Queen Enterprises secretly funded the early incarnation of the League, never revealing that the head of the company was in fact the hero Green Arrow. Instead, Oliver gifted his contributions through one of his employees Simon Carr. Eventually, when the League learned of Green Arrow's charity, they voted him in as their sixth member.[12]

When the timeline changed again,[13] Green Arrow was said to have joined the Justice League at the same time as Black Canary, having proved their value to the League together in combat against the League of Assassins.[14]

Regardless of his story of being accepted into the League, Green Arrow was a cherished member and partook in many adventures with the JLA.

Social Conscience as a Hard Travelling Hero

Green Arrow began developing a personal crisis about which of his identities was more important and doing more good - the crime-fighter or the politician. Giving himself a new look, he had a more modern costume designed.[15]

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"My ward is a JUNKIE!"

Soon, his entire fortune and control of Queen Industries was lost to a corrupt employee named John Deleon, who stole everything from him through corporate fraud.

Upon literally fighting his inner demons during a mission with the JLA, Oliver realized that part of him was only a hero for the thrill and glory. However, also came to the conclusion that he defined himself by his ability to control those instincts for the greater good.[16]

With his values realigned, Oliver decided to focus more on the everyday problems of regular people.

In the ensuing year, having no fortune to rely on, Oliver travelled the country with his good friend Hal Jordan, the hero Green Lantern. Green Arrow left his ward Speedy behind to go on his adventure, but later discovered the boy had become addicted to drugs in the hero's absence, causing the two to end their professional partnership.[17]

Brief Retirement

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Green Arrow's first kill

Late one night, while fighting an ambush under duress, Green Arrow's arm slipped slightly on his bow, throwing off his aim, and causing him to accidentally shoot a criminal in the chest, killing him instantly. The experience was so traumatizing for him that he ripped up his costume, destroyed his equipment and decided to end his heroic career entirely.[18]

After destroying the Arrowplane, he went to live in a monastery to seek redemption and get back in touch with his roots for several months.[19] A wise man named Master Jansen taught him the secrets of zen archery and encouraged him not to abandon his destiny, sending him home with renewed confidence in himself.[20]

Longbow Hunters

 Main article: Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters

Oliver began a relationship with his fellow vigilante Black Canary, and the couple relocated to Seattle, Washington. There, they set up a flower shop called Sherwood Florist. Having decided that years of reliance on Trick Arrows had made him weak, he returned to his basic roots as an archer and began exclusively using regular arrows again.

As their relationship had been going well, Oliver asked Dinah to marry him, but she believed that the strength of their relationship was in the independence they allowed each other. They also disagreed on having children; while Oliver wanted to have kids of his own, Dinah did not want to bring children into the dangers of their world. The couple remained together despite these challenges.

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New direction, new costume

Black Canary created a new costume for Green Arrow, and Oliver took to the streets to defend Seattle. One of the first criminal he captured was a serial killer known as the Seattle Slasher.[21]

Oliver also tracked an assassin named Shado who was targeting men for personal reasons but failed to capture her. At this point, Oliver began working with police officer James Cameron as his informant.

Black Canary went undercover to expose a drug ring but was captured and tortured by the criminals. Green Arrow arrived to rescue her before the situation got any worse and shot their leader in the chest without hesitation. Shado also mysteriously arrived and offered backup against the drug dealers.[22] After getting Dinah to safety, Green Arrow and Shado would go on to uncover a conspiracy involving the C.I.A. shipping cocaine to fund foreign wars, run by men Shado had sworn vengeance against for her father Tomonaga.[23]

Birth of Robert Queen

Dinah's injuries from the drug-bust-gone-wrong were extensive; she lost her "canary cry" and was subsequently found to be unable to bear children. Around this time, while working together with Shado, Green Arrow was critically injured himself and cared for by Shado, who then proceeded to rape him while he was unconscious, conceiving a child.[24]

Nine months later, Oliver and Shado's son was born without Oliver ever having a clue. Shado named the boy Robert, after the boy's paternal grandfather. When Ollie finally found out about his son, Shado made it clear that she wanted him to have nothing to do with the child. The entire situation caused a massive rift between Ollie and Dinah, because she herself was not able to give him the legitimate child he always wanted.

After many adventures around the globe together, Ollie and Dinah grew distant. Eventually, Dinah caught Oliver kissing their assistant Marianne, and she broke up with him.[25]

Cross Roads

 Main article: Green Arrow: Cross Roads

Seattle had its first super-human conflict when hero Nuklon fought Shrapnel. Realizing there was nothing there for him anymore, Oliver decided to take a road trip alone to find himself again.[26]

On this trip, Green Arrow teamed up with Huntress[27], Deathstroke[28], and Catwoman[29] on different missions, gaining a new fondness for killing criminals with guns. At one point, he murdered a child molester in cold blood.[30]

A visit to see his old friends in the Justice League reminded him of his past as one of the world's greatest heroes; now, as a gun-toting, street-level vigilante, he didn't feel like he belonged there anymore.[31]

Depressed and angry, Oliver had a meeting with Anarky that changed his perspective and made him realize the political reasons he had for becoming a hero once again.[32]

Zero Hour

 Main article: Zero Hour

While chasing a criminal, Oliver was thrust into an alternate timeline where he had been shot to death for making a misstep on a mission. Oliver was left standing over his own corpse. Looking at his own mortality, he realized that, in his position, he could did not have the luxury to ever hesitate on action.

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Green Arrow shoots Parallax

At this point, back to his own reality, Green Arrow was contacted by Batman for an impending crisis.[33]

Hal Jordan, Oliver's good friend the Green Lantern, had gone insane due to his hometown Coast City being destroyed by Cyborg-Superman and from being possessed by the fear entity Parallax. Hal single-handedly dismantled the Green Lantern Corps and murdered its leaders - the Guardians of the Universe[34] - and needed to be stopped by Earth's heroes.

Ollie refused to believe that Hal had become evil, but upon seeing how mad Hal had become, was forced into action. In the final battle, remembering the lesson he had learned from seeing his own corpse, Oliver refused to hesitate and shot Hal in the chest, finally stopping Parallax and saving the universe. In the aftermath however, Oliver was distraught, having believed he just killed his best friend.[35]

Overwhelmed with grief over the crisis, Oliver returned to the ashram he had visited after his first murder. Once again, Oliver swore off super-heroics, but Master Jansen counselled him again in finding inner peace.

Connor Hawke

The National Security Agency had determined that they had to eliminate Oliver after the things he had seen under their employ and assigned assassins to eliminate him. However, Oliver was rescued by a young archer and martial artist named Connor Hawke, who idolized him, and the two left together in search of answers.[36]

While working together, Connor donned his own costume and became the second Green Arrow, which Oliver was supportive of.[37] The pair found themselves entangled in a government conspiracy, and Eddie Fyers was enlisted to help solve their problems.[38]

Hal Jordan reappeared alive and reached out to Oliver to rekindle their friendship. However, it was clear he was still insane with power, and Oliver refused his friendship. Before parting, Hal revealed to Oliver than Connor Hawke was actually Oliver's secret firstborn son by his old girlfriend named Moonday Hawke.[39] Furious that the young man didn't tell him about their relation, Oliver broke off all ties with him.[40]


After the NSA tried to kill Oliver, it was now under new management, and they offered Oliver a job as an agent. They needed him to go undercover and infiltrate the Eden Corps, an extremist eco-terrorist organization.[40]

On his first mission with the terrorists, he was forced to fight his closest friends and allies; gaining the organization's confidence, he also started a romantic relationship with their leader Hyrax.[41] Oliver learned that Hyrax had a bomb named the Mutajek 9-9 and planned to destroy Metropolis with it.[42]

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Oliver Queen dies in an explosion

On the plane ride to the city, there was a massive firefight with another deep-cover agent, and most of the terrorists were killed. Due to circumstance, Green Arrow's arm was trapped inside the detonation chamber for the bomb, which would activate if he released his hand. Superman arrived and tried to help but had no way of saving Oliver other than tearing off his arm.[43] Rather than allow himself to be crippled, Queen remained steadfast as the plane exploded, sacrificing himself to save thousands of people. Having been completely vaporized in the blast, there was no body.

A small funeral gathering of his closest friends was held at Guy Gardner's bar Warriors. There was nothing to bury, so his son fired an arrow into the air and marked its landing as his final resting place, as in the legend of Robin Hood. Connor Hawke decided to continue Oliver's legacy and officially became the new Green Arrow.[44]


 Main article: Green Arrow: Quiver

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Resurrected by Parallax

This wasn't Oliver's end however, as, years later, Hal Jordan, despite still being insane under the control of Parallax, returned to save the Earth during The Final Night and used his near-godlike powers to bring his old friend back from the dead.

Unfortunately, the reanimated hero was an empty vessel with no soul, whose memories were replicated from his earlier days when he had a stronger liberal conscience. Ollie's matured soul remained in a Heaven-like place for a time, until it was reunited with his body in order to defeat an evil warlock named Stanley Dover. Now, the original Green Arrow was back in action with a rare second chance at life.

With the death of Stanley Dover, Ollie inherited Dover's estate. He renovated it and established it as the Star City Youth Center. During this time, Ollie took in Mia Dearden, a fifteen-year-old survivor of human trafficking, becoming the girl's guardian. Mia developed a crush on Oliver and began emulating his actions. She even began training with a bow and arrow. Eventually, her extensive training paid off, and she became the Green Arrow's sidekick - the new Speedy.

Identity Crisis

 Main article: Identity Crisis

The superhero community was thrown into chaos when Elongated Man's wife Sue Dibny was murdered.[45] Sue's death revealed a conspiracy Oliver and the Justice League had taken part in years before - the League had allowed Zatanna to mind-wipe the dangerous villain Doctor Light, permanently altering his personality into a buffoon, after he had raped Sue on the Justice League Satellite.[46]

The League hunted Light down and were forced to fight against his bodyguard Deathstroke, who decimated the team until Oliver leaped onto his back and stabbed an arrow into the mercenary's empty eye socket. [47]

Once the true murderer was caught, Deathstroke took revenge on Green Arrow for their earlier fight by blowing up his house.[48] Realizing that someone had discovered his secret identity, Oliver put his family on lock-down and relocated to an underground bunker. Oliver also took it upon himself to recapture Doctor Light, as he had gone on the run in the aftermanth.[49]

More Training

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Training on the Marshall Islands

During another multiversial crisis, Ollie was engaged in a duel with his longtime rival Merlyn when Doctor Light triggered massive explosions where they were located. Critically injured by the attack, Ollie (along with Connor and Mia) relocated to the Marshall Islands where they remained in convalescence for several months.

Once healed from his injuries, Oliver spent a fortune to hire the world's foremost martial arts masters to come to the island. Over the course of many weeks, Ollie trained under the masters' tutelage until he was in peak physical condition. He further hired an assassin named Natas (the man who trained Deathstroke) to mentor him in the killing arts – a decision met with great enmity by his son Connor.

During this period, Ollie met a political campaign adviser named Frederick Tuckman. As Tuckman detailed the state of affairs in Star City, Ollie decided to take his fight in an entirely new direction.

Mayor of Star City

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Mayor Queen

One year later, Oliver Queen publicly returned to Star City and became the newly elected mayor. He sought to continue his fight against crime on the streets and through the system. He used an open interpretation of the town charter to perform same-sex marriages in Star City as both a political statement and a way to boost the local tourist economy. He also exercised the power of his office to do things such as blackmail corrupt businessmen or have the Star City SWAT unit back up his actions as Green Arrow while publicly condemning his alter ego. He also used his connections to enable his longtime friend and former lover Black Canary to bring a young Vietnamese girl, Sin, into the country to be raised by Canary.

During the year-long hiatus, Queen also amassed a quite large personal fortune by manipulating stocks of companies he saw as unscrupulous, regaining his fortune.

The former gangster Brick, once an enemy of Green Arrow, became his crimefighting ally, though the man hypocritically continued to traffic drugs and prostitutes into the city. At some point, the anti-hero Red Hood arrived in Star City and tried to convert Speedy into becoming a costumed killer like him. Green Arrow teamed up with the Hood's former mentor Batman to stop him. Though Red Hood was defeated and Speedy was rescued, Brick sided with Jason, ending his tenure as Green Arrow's ally.

Simultaneously, Ollie faced political problems as well. Deathstroke, having been incarcerated at Alcatraz Island after his previous fight with Green Arrow, conspired with fellow inmates Constantine Drakon and Star City police commissioner Brian Nudocerdo to ruin Ollie politically.

Brian Nudocerdo publicly revealed that Queen had been secretly financing the Outsiders – a team whose actions at the time were ethically questionable and tantamount to terrorism. In light of these facts, Nudocerdo demanded a recall election and cast his hat into the ring as Ollie's mayoral replacement.

Queen had little defense against the charges. It was true that he had been financing the Outsiders, but his motives were so that the group would be financially stable enough to enable his former protégé, Roy Harper, to leave the team and join the Justice League. In a private conversation with Hal Jordan, Oliver admitted that he missed the League "every damn day", but he understood that Roy needed to be a member more than he did.[50]

The scandal forced Oliver to resign from office.


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Simultaneously, in the midst of his political scandal, Oliver Queen reignited his love affair with longtime paramour Dinah Laurel Lance. After successfully fending off an attack by Deathstroke and Constantine Drakon, Ollie asked Dinah to marry him, but she was not prepared to give him an immediate answer.[51]

Shortly thereafter, Ollie and Speedy helped Black Canary when Merlyn abducted Canary's "daughter" Sin. To save Sin's life, Ollie was forced to fake the young girl's death, keeping the knowledge of the plan between himself and Mia, even at the risk of losing Dinah forever. After Sin was placed into safekeeping, Ollie told Dinah what he had done. Recognizing that he was willing to sacrifice his own happiness to save a life, Dinah finally agreed to marry him.[52]

After a great deal of compromise and strife, Ollie and Dinah agreed to get married inside the Secret Sanctuary, the original cave headquarters of the Justice League of America. Wedding guests included nearly everyone within the super-hero community, who were asked to attend the ceremony in-costume.

The wedding was interrupted by a phalanx of super-villains who attempted to take out as many heroes as possible in one fell swoop. Nearly all of the villains were apprehended except for Deathstroke who managed to escape. Despite the interruption, the ceremony concluded, and Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance were married.[53]


Oliver joined a new incarnation of the Outsiders under Batman's guidance. However, soon after recruitment, Batman disappeared, leaving no trace behind. Oliver went to Wayne Manor to investigate and discovered the place empty and the Batcave utterly destroyed. Oliver then took some of Bruce's liquor and started drinking for his missing partner. Superman arrived on the scene and came to the same conclusion that Green Arrow had - Batman might be gone for good. Back at the Outsiders' headquarters, Oliver questioned the purpose of the team now that Batman was gone.[54]

At that moment, the Outsiders received a video message from Batman giving them instructions. However, after the message ended, Green Arrow told the others that he could tell the message was from an impostor and that they should sever contact. Batgirl disagreed and instead wanted to use the enemy's contact to locate the real Batman.

The Outsiders followed Batgirl's lead, but the mission went horribly wrong. Her decision resulted in the death of REMAC, the destruction of the Outsiders HQ, and put Thunder in a coma. Knowing that his experience and judgement were worthless on the team, Green Arrow departed from the Outsiders.[55]

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Green Arrow endorses Davis Brewster for president


 Main article: DCU: Decisions Vol 1

Around this time, Oliver, as Green Arrow, got himself into hot water when he accidentally alluded to his intention to vote for Davis Brewster, a Democrat, in the 2008 presidential election. Igniting a debate over the ethics of superheroes in politics, Green Arrow eventually decided to officially publicly endorse Brewster for president.

Other heroes spoke their minds on the election and, once an assassination plot was averted, Democrat nominee Martin Suarez won the election afterall and became the president of the United States.

Final Crisis

 Main article: Final Crisis

After the prophet Libra and his Secret Society of Super-Villains executed Martian Manhunter, Oliver went on television to publicly announce that whoever was responsible would suffer.[56]

Oliver was drafted into the new All-Star Squadron along with many other heroes to fight the increasing multiversal threat; Darkseid had gained access to the Anti-Life Equation and tried to use it to enslave humanity.[57]

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Justifier helmet

Green Arrow was one of the last surviving heroes resisting the forces of evil and holding the Hall of Justice. As their defenses were breached, Green Arrow sent all the other survivors, including his wife Black Canary, through the teleporters as he made a valiant last stand against the attackers. Oliver was captured by the mind-controlled Black Lightning and subjected to the equation, turning him into one of the Justifiers.[58]

Though mind-controlled Green Arrow managed to capture his wife, she ripped the helmet off his head and helped him resist its control again.[59] The heroes, reunited, bought the Ray enough time to mask the world with the life equation and fight off evil's influences. Superman destroyed the last of Darkseid's power, and the crisis was resolved.[60]

Cry for Justice

 Main article: Justice League: Cry for Justice

Green Lantern decided it was time for an era of change in the Justice League, believing they had lost sight of their goals and the true meaning of justice. He set out to form his own League, with Green Arrow as his co-founder, taking a less reactionary and more aggressive stance on crime-fighting.[61] The team they assembled included the Atom, Captain Marvel, Congorilla, Starman, and Supergirl. The new group spent weeks together hunting and tracking down super-villains.

Prometheus, one of the world's most dangerous villains with a violent hatred for everything heroic, was revealed to be orchestrating a world-wide conspiracy with the intention of causing as much pain to the forces of goodness as he possibly could.[62] Upon realizing they couldn't handle it alone, Green Lantern and Green Arrow's Justice League went to the main Justice League for help. Black Canary resented her husband for leaving the League because she felt he had ignored his responsibilities and turned his back on her.

Prometheus eventually gained access to the Justice League Watchtower and severed Roy Harper's right arm.[63] Prometheus fought the entire League and defeated most of them until he was blindsided by Donna Troy, who beat him within an inch of his life. Captured, in the interrogation, Prometheus explained that he planned to destroy each of the major heroes' cities, and his plans were already in motion... starting with Green Arrow's Star City.[64]

A massive bomb was remotely detonated, and most of Star City was completely annihilated, killing thousands in the process. Speedy went after Prometheus' trigger-man the Electrocutioner, and Green Arrow rushed back to aid in the relief.

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Green Arrow murders Prometheus

In the wreckage, Oliver found the body of Roy Harper's young daughter Lian Harper, emotionally crushing him.

Prometheus promised to detonate bombs in every other major civic area unless they released him. Oliver returned to the headquarters and convinced his peers to give into the man's demands, as it was the only way to save millions of people.

However, Green Arrow had a plan in place and, upon releasing him, hunted Prometheus down to the villain's lair. Without much of a fight, Oliver shot Prometheus right between the eyes with an arrow, murdering him for his crimes.[65]

Green Lantern and the Flash were the first to discover Prometheus' corpse and started a manhunt to apprehend Green Arrow.

Fall of Green Arrow

 Main article: Justice League: Rise and Fall

Following his murder of Prometheus, Green Arrow set out to kill the Electrocutioner for his part in Star City's destruction. Black Canary tried to talk him out of it, but he pushed her aside.[66] While on the run from the superhero community, Oliver was confronted by his son Connor Hawke, who could no longer contain his own resentments for Oliver's behavior and poor fatherhood over the years, unsure if he could ever forgive him again.

Mia Dearden was the only one of Green Arrow's allies that agreed with him, and she captured the Electrocutioner herself with the intention of murdering him.[67] Realizing the damage his quest for revenge had done to a childlike Mia, Green Arrow realized the error of his ways and turned himself in.

Oliver was arrested by his enemy, the corrupt police commissioner Brian Nudocerdo, and publicly unmasked, revealing his identity as former Mayor Oliver Queen.

Black Canary visited her husband in prison and returned her wedding ring to him, telling him that, due to his actions, their marriage was over.

On trial, the jury found Oliver not guilty for the murder of Prometheus, but the judge overruled this and sentenced him to complete exile from Star City.[68]

Blackest Night

 Main article: Blackest Night

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Black Lantern Corps

The universe was subjected to another crisis when the embodiment of death Nekron attacked using Black Lantern Corps, an army of resurrected evil zombies wielding power rings. Every person who had ever been dead before were vulnerable to immediate zombification, and, because of his death and resurrection years earlier, Green Arrow succumbed to his Black Lantern Ring.[69]

Possessed by the death entity, he was forced to watch from inside his body as it attacked Black Canary, Connor Hawke, and Speedy. He fought his loved ones and nearly killed them, his zombie body taunting them with their biggest fears. Determined not to sit back while his family was murdered, Oliver exerted enough willpower to make himself miss a kill shot and fired at a liquid nitrogen tank. Connor then used it to temporarily freeze his father, stopping the Black Lantern in its tracks.[67]

In the final climactic battle against Nekron, Hal Jordan brought everyone back to life when he tapped into the power of the Entity, resurrecting Oliver as a member of the White Lantern Corps, and defeated Nekron.[70]

Brightest Day

 Main article: Brightest Day

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New life

In the aftermath, Deadman used his new power ring's connection to the life energy and created a massive forest in the ruins of Star City.[71]

No longer welcome in the metropolitan portion, Green Arrow lived in the forest, helping his city however he could while staying underneath the radar.

Queen Industries, distancing themselves from their former leader, were sold to a defense contractor named Isabel Rochev, a woman with a connection to Oliver's father. Under Isabel's lead, the new Queen Industries supplied Mayor Altman with a specially trained police force ordered to attack the Green Arrow on sight.

Star City had become horribly corrupt, turning its backs on the refugees of its own destruction and ignoring the tremendous human suffering going on within its borders. With a new direction on his vigilantism, Green Arrow set out to rob from the rich and give to the poor in an effort to better serve his city. [72]

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This history is continued in The New 52 at Oliver Queen (Prime Earth).
The DC Universe was rebooted in 2011 as part of the Flashpoint event. This was an attempt to simplify continuity, and make DC Comics more accessible to new readers. Prior to this, mainstream comics took place in New Earth continuity since the Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985. The continuity established following Flashpoint is Prime Earth.


  • Acrobatics: He has displayed on many occasions that he is an expert in acrobatics, and often uses this skill while evading enemy fire.[73]
  • Archery: Oliver Queen is perhaps the finest archer ever known. He claims to be able to shoot 29 arrows per minute (he stated this himself, in the Sound of Violence story arc, when he corrected Black Canary for saying 26). He has a wide-variety of trick arrows, ranging from bola arrows to time-bomb arrows to his infamous boxing-glove arrow. In recent years he has used these arrows sparingly, preferring the time-tested simple arrow. Green Arrow has shown the ability to shoot an arrow down the barrel of a gun, pierce a drop of water as it leaves a tap, and shoot almost any part of the human body; although he aims only to wound and not kill when he shoots. He once shot two arrows down two different gun barrels while upside down, in mid-flip while somersaulting off a building.[74] Ollie has even been able to fire an arrow with his feet, when his arms were missing.[75]
  • Mental Resistance: After an attack by the Key involving telepathy, mind control and illusions. Batman suggested that the League should train with Martian Manhunter to combat this vulnerability, for future attacks.[76] It's revealed that Oliver has underwent such training with J'onn.[77]
  • Aviation: He used to own and fly his own airplane called the Arrowplane. He still has some skill in flying different types of planes.
  • Cooking: Green Arrow's Chili is one of the hottest foods on the planet.
  • Disguise[78][79]
  • Espionage[22]
  • Firearms: Although not his preferred weapon, Oliver is very skilled in the use of firearms. He has displayed great accuracy with handguns and machine guns.[80] He was even told by Deathstroke that he handles himself well with firearms.[28]
  • Gadgetry
  • Hunting: Archery is by far Oliver's preferred method of hunting, however, the ability to hunt comes from years of training, patience and survival. He is proficient enough in hunting to pursue a cougar without it ever noticing.[74]
  • Interrogation[21]
  • Intimidation[21]
  • Investigation[22]
  • Martial Arts: He is proficient in several forms of hand-to-hand combat including Judo, Kickboxing and Karate. Proclaimed as a martial arts master, he has shown the ability to take on seven people at once. He spent several months dedicated to making himself a better fighter and trained with many of the world's finest martial arts teachers and even went through training from Natas, the same person who trained Deathstroke.[81][82][83][74] Due to him being a member of the Justice League of America, he also received combat training from them.[84]
  • Peak Human Condition: Oliver spent a fortune to hire the world's foremost martial arts masters to train him until he was in peak physical condition.[87]
    • Peak Human Speed: Ollie can move with speed and agility that a professional athlete would envy.[88]
  • Pedagogy
  • Politics: Ollie ran for office and became the mayor of Star City for a significant amount of time. He has since resigned from being the mayor and has continued to lean on political issues from time to time.
  • Stealth[22]
  • Survival[89]
  • Swordsmanship: Ollie is also very proficient with a sword, though it is not his preferred weapon of choice. He has beaten Jason Todd in a swordfight and has deflected an incoming arrow with the sword he carries.
  • Throwing: Oliver is a master marksman and possesses great aim with projectile objects such as darts, in addition to his skill in archery.[90]
  • Tracking[21]
  • Weaponry: Oliver is proficient in the use of an array of weaponry, including archery, sticks[85], and various bladed weapons.[91]


  • Arm Pain: Ollie's left arm can sometimes cause him pain due to an old injury. He once took an arrow to his left side, chipping his bone which never healed properly.[92][93]




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Mike Grell characters

 Main article: Green Arrow Recommended Reading



  1. World's Finest #104
  2. Justice League of America #173
  3. Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Green Arrow Secret Files and Origins #1
  5. Adventure Comics #256
  6. 6.0 6.1 Secret Origins (Volume 2) #38
  7. Green Arrow Annual (Volume 2) #7
  8. Green Arrow: Year One #1-6
  9. Adventure Comics #262
  10. Justice League of America #4
  11. Secret Origins (Volume 2) #32
  12. JLA: Year One #1-12
  13. Justice League of America (Volume 2) #0
  14. Black Canary (Volume 3) #1
  15. The Brave and the Bold #85
  16. Justice League of America #75
  17. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #76-89
  18. The Flash #217
  19. The Flash #218
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Flash #219
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #2
  23. Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #3
  24. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #37
  25. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #75
  26. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #81
  27. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #83
  28. 28.0 28.1 Green Arrow (Volume 2) #85
  29. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #86
  30. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #87
  31. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #88
  32. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #89
  33. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #90
  34. Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight
  35. Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #4-0
  36. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #0
  37. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #91
  38. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #92
  39. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #96
  40. 40.0 40.1 Green Arrow (Volume 2) #97
  41. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #98
  42. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #99
  43. 43.0 43.1 Green Arrow (Volume 2) #100
  44. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #101
  45. Identity Crisis #1
  46. Identity Crisis #2
  47. Identity Crisis #3
  48. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #50
  49. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #52
  50. Justice League of America (Volume 2) #7
  51. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #75, see excerpt
  52. Black Canary (Volume 3) #1-4
  53. Green Arrow and Black Canary Wedding Special #1
  54. Batman and the Outsiders (Volume 2) #11
  55. Batman and the Outsiders (Volume 2) #12
  56. Final Crisis #1
  57. Final Crisis #3
  58. Final Crisis #4
  59. Final Crisis #6
  60. Final Crisis #7
  61. Justice League: Cry for Justice #1
  62. Justice League: Cry for Justice #3
  63. Justice League: Cry for Justice #5
  64. Justice League: Cry for Justice #6
  65. Justice League: Cry for Justice #7
  66. Justice League: Rise and Fall Special #1
  67. 67.0 67.1 Green Arrow and Black Canary #30
  68. Green Arrow and Black Canary #32
  69. Blackest Night #5, see excerpt
  70. Blackest Night #8, see excerpt
  71. Brightest Day #0
  72. Green Arrow (Volume 4) #1
  73. Justice League of America #127
  74. 74.0 74.1 74.2 The Brave and the Bold (Volume 2) #1
  75. Justice League of America #36
  76. JLA #9
  77. JLA #124
  78. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #41
  79. Green Arrow and Black Canary #7
  80. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #23
  81. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #66
  82. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #67
  83. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #68
  84. Identity Crisis #3
  85. 85.0 85.1 85.2 Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #4
  86. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #1
  87. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #66
  88. Justice League of America #127
  89. Green Arrow: Year One #1-6
  90. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #25
  91. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #67
  92. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #85
  93. The Flash #217
  94. World's Finest #130
  95. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #88
  96. 52 #8
  97. Green Lantern (Volume 2) #89
  98. World's Finest #244
  99. Green Arrow (Volume 2) #27-28
  100. Aquaman (Volume 5) #71
  101. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #7
  102. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #4, see excerpt

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