Issue #26 of Green Arrow kicks off the new Hard Traveling Hero storyline, where the Emerald Archer teams with the Scarlet Speedster. You have to wonder if the Barry Allen/Oliver Queen relationship on television helped make this happen. Writer Benjamin Percy talked with DC All-Access about the new arc and where it’s going.
Oliver has found and lost his true love, regained and re-lost his company…now he’s hitting the streets with The Flash. But it doesn’t stay, as just a Flash team up as issue two brings Green Arrow in contact with Wonder Woman, then Superman, then Batman, and ending with the ultimate team-up, Green Lantern. Percy is paying homage to the classic Denny O’Neill/Neal Adams pairing of the two heroes, Hard Driving Heroes.
The story has Oliver traveling across the country and taking on the 9th Circle, who are starting to infiltrate Central City, Gotham, Metropolis, and more to transform them all into Star City lookalikes. But he’s also building back up his trust with the Justice League, as he’s been away for a long time.
Oliver and Barry cross paths in the Cascade Mountains, where Speed Force anomalies are taking place. They’re not really friends at the beginning, and Green Arrow’s rep with the Justice League isn’t that great. Flash is hesitant to work with the archer, and the two’s expertise both clash with and complement the other’s. This is about Oliver proving himself.
And even though Oliver is on the road and his relationship with Black Canary is on the outs, Percy reminds folks that he once said he couldn’t stand writing Green Arrow without Black Canary, and he still stands by that. Expect to see Oliver return to Seattle for his trial and for him to try to show Dinah that he’s a man worth loving.