Ben Percy talked with Jason Inman of DC All-Access about Green Arrow #52. With the apparent death of GA and Deathstroke transporting Dr. Miracle back to the diseased ravaged Seattle, Percy was asked how much of the current storyline will carry over into Rebirth. The writer explained that he looks at his work on the book as a prelude to what's coming up and that his main focus has been on Oliver Queen not Green Arrow. He wanted to highlight both his strengths and his faults.
He assures readers that the last few issues have not been a 'lame duck' story and that it will play into Oliver finally living up to being Green Arrow. But new readers will be able to pick up Rebirth and know what's going on.