Comic News: Arrow Screenwriters Taking Over Green Arrow Comic This November

Sadly, if you have been enjoying the fantastic run of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino on Green Arrow as much as we have, it will be coming to an end this October.  Green Arrow #35 will be their final issue on the main series and they will be writing the one-shot, Futures End:  Green Arrow #1.

In taking their place, Arrow screenwriters Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski will co-write the book.  In talking about the new approach they’ll be taking on the series, Sokolowski  said:

“This is more about cross-pollination. How can we incorporate what is working so well for Arrow into the New 52 DCU, while at the same time, keeping what makes the original 2-D Oliver Queen so special? To that end, comic Oliver and TV Oliver have distinct voices and attitudes. We’ll do our best to keep them unique. We really want to bring the old-school Oliver Queen voice back to the character. In other words, the opinionated, liberal Robin Hood-esque hero that has fallen through the cracks a bit, both in the comics and TV models.”

Kreisberg added:

“I think the version Ben and I are going for now is an amalgamation of the TV version and his comic book persona. As our TV partner, Greg Berlanti, puts it, at his core, Oliver is an optimist. He believes in people. On the TV show, that optimism is buried under years of torture and suffering, but it’s still there. In the comics, he’s been a bit more fun, a bit faster with a quip, so we are trying to add some of that zest for life.”

So far, no artist has been announced for their run.  Are you sad to see Lemire and Sorrentino leave or are you excited to see Green Arrow and Arrow become more similar?

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