The CW Network has a hit on its hand in the new series “Arrow”. The series based on the adventures of the DC Comics hero Green Arrow was recently renewed for a second season. The series has received praise for its depiction of Oliver “Ollie” Queen the spoiled billionaire turned vigilante.
When “Arrow” debuted in October 2012 it received rave reviews, but fans wanting to follow the adventures into the comics were left with a subpar comic book that had little resemblance to the television series. Until now. . .
Green Arrow #17 takes the series in a much needed all-new direction from the previous 16 issues instilling much of the drama from the television series into the comics. New writer Jeff Lemire (Animal Man) and new artist Andrea Sorrentino (I, Vampire) bring life to the series.
The creative team is not mimicking the adventures from “Arrow” they are crafting a new tale that runs concurrent with the events on television.
Oliver Queen has been stripped of everything. The company he is heir too has been taken over by a rival. The friends that supported Ollie’s vigilante activity are taken from him. He is on his own facing new enemies without all the tricks and gadgets he relied heavily on.
Lemire takes Green Arrow back to his roots. By stripping him of all unnecessary gimmicks the writer has enhanced his appeal as a streetwise vigilante. He does not need the boxing glove arrow, the flare arrow, the harpoon arrow; all he needs is an arrow with a sharp point. When Green Arrow is at his best it is when he is shown as a great archer with a mission and that is something Lemire gets back to in this issue.
Sorrentino brings the darkness to the series with moody artwork that foreshadows the coming dread for the hero. Sorrentino uses attention-grabbing page layouts that lead your eye across the page. By using small panel insets the artist highlights key points in the narrative of the story that work to slow the pace heightening the suspense.
Green Arrow #17 makes the series accessible to anyone, new fans and old. It gets Green Arrow back on the track that has defined him for most of the past 70 years. Lemire and Sorrentino with their back to basics approach have made the Green Arrow comic a must read.
Check out the list for a look at some of the other interpretations of Green Arrow since he was introduced in 1941.