The original Red Arrow (for some values of original, anyway) was Roy Harper, Green Arrow’s original sidekick, who took on the role while his mentor was dead. In the New 52 continuity, she is Emiko Queen, half-sister of Green Arrow, raised by a secret cult of bow-and-arrow assassin types. Her mother Shado, was the mother of second Green Arrow Connor Hawke in the old continuity, making for a complicated and kind of incestuous world of archers, and once again reminding me what a burden it is remembering all the old continuities along with whatever is currently in fashion.

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