WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Green Arrow #47 by Julie and Shawna Benson, German Peralta, John Kalisz and Deron Bennett, in stores now.
On The CW's television series Arrow, Oliver Queen just got out of a sting in prison -- but in the comic books, he is currently on trial. However, this isn't your typical, judicial trial. No, Queen is being judged by a new villain named Citizen, and the court is made up of the people of Seattle. Citizen has weaponized social media in order to turn the people against the one percent, where the citizens get to decide the fate of those put on trial. Now, during a live broadcast, Queen is stuck to an electric chair, at the mercy of the man known as Citizen, awaiting his final verdict.
Even though the people of the city Queen has sworn to protect are the ones voting, it's clear that the villain has no plans to let him go. Thankfully, before Citizen can activate the electric chair, he is stopped by the Green Arrow. But wait -- Oliver Queen is strapped to the chair, so how can the Emerald Archer be the one to save him? Well, it's simple really: A familiar character has put on the Green Arrow suit. But who? Why, Dinah Lance, the Black Canary, of course.
Thanks to a bit of help from her Birds of Prey friends, Dinah had put a spy-grade tracker on Oliver, which means that she knew right where to find him. The superhero swings in just in time to save the man she loves, firing a well-placed arrow and putting her fighting skills to good use to take down the villain. Of course, this was done in order to protect Queen's identity as the Emerald Archer from Citizen. By the time the villain gets to his feet, Oliver is back in his own costume, resuming the fight.
Dinah may have put on the suit very briefly -- for no more than a few panels -- but she demonstrated that she can easily fill in for the Emerald Archer. The scene is actually reminiscent of The CW's Arrow, which at one time saw John Diggle (played by David Ramsey) put on the Green Arrow hood to help protect Queen's secret identity. However, the comic featuring Dinah as the one under the hood further strengthens the bond between Green Arrow and Black Canary, to the point that DC Comics should seriously consider rebranding the comic as Green Arrow & Black Canary.
The Green Arrow title has gone to great lengths to cement the duo as one of the strongest couples in the DC Universe, and this new development just goes to show how far one is willing to go for the other. If Oliver Queen is ever down for the count again, we know that the people of Seattle can still count on the Green Arrow to protect them.