25 years ago - Connor Hawke is born, the son of Oliver Queen. His mother takes refuge in a Tibetan ashram.
9 years ago - 16-year-old Connor is confronted by the monkey cult, and earns a place among the world's martial arts elite.
4 years ago - 21-year-old Connor takes on the role of Green Arrow when Oliver Queen retires after he is forced to kill Hal Jordan.
3 years ago - Realizing that Mia Dearden needs more than just therapy, 22-year-old Connor decides that she should become the new Speedy.
2 years ago - 23-year-old Connor confronts Merlyn when he assassinates a target in Star City, severely beating him and proving he is different than Oliver Queen. He joins the Justice League.
Connor is often overlooked among the various Green Arrow legacy characters, despite the fact that he's the only one to ever have actually taken over the actual mantle. It might actually be specifically because he was created for the role when there were so many other characters that had been around longer, most notably Ollie's actual longtime sidekick, Roy Harper. While Connor was a Kelley Puckett creation, the same writer that created Cassandra Cain, he quickly became a very traditional Chuck Dixon character, loaded with martial arts intrigue.
It actually is that outsider status that made Connor such an unique choice to become Green Arrow. Ollie, for all his good qualities, was a terrible mentor. It's the one quality that seems to stand out among every character he's ever taken under his wing: when he was really needed, he wasn't there. Roy obviously bore the brunt of that, forced to handle his own addiction and self-destructive tendencies on his own. In the end, Roy can only succeed when he forges his own path. Connor suffered because of Ollie's abandonment as much as anyone, but he managed to do it without suffering through the neglect. He grew up away from his father, learning skills that make him one of the best martial artists on the planet. This means that taking over the mantle of Green (or Red) Arrow is a step backward for Roy, but for Connor it's a way of embracing his legacy while still making it something new. Also, while he's often not drawn that way, he's a biracial character, and that's something we can always use more of, to say nothing of his often elusive sexuality.
Of all the Arrow legacy characters, Connor is best equipped to take over and forge it into something completely fresh. By taking Mia in as his sidekick, he's deliberately taking ownership of the Green Arrow name, and it's exciting to see what comes next for him.