Green Arrow has been building for 2.5 years now to the revelations about Oliver Queen’s archery talents, how he ended up on a desert island, and what happened in his family’s murky history. It hasn’t been a quiet build-up by any measure, but it has certainly been a slow, rewarding one. Now it’s all come tumbling out as the Queen family fights to preserve its title as The Arrow in a civil war pitting Ollie’s allies against the other factions of the Outsiders.
Really, this has been one of the books that most justifies the New 52 initiative. It’s taut, gives weight to a character who’s always been somewhat directionless both on the page and on the rack, and integrates through so many other portions of the DC Universe. If DC’s goal was a more unified continuity like Marvel’s Ultimates, they’re certainly succeeding with Green Arrow. Kudos to you, writer Jeff Lemire.
Of course, a lot of the book’s atmosphere comes from the chiaroscuro splatter of Andrea Sorrentino. His page and panel composition is perfection itself, and he seems to take great delight in directing the reader’s eye around the page. Colorist Marcelo Maiolo wisely uses a simplified palette to complement Sorrentino’s art. All in all, it’s a preview we’re excited to share with you this week.
You’re going to be wanting to read the rest in “The Outsiders War” finale in Green Arrow #31, out this Wednesday.
Brendan recently interviewed Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics about the company’s big moves of late.