Apologies must be made to fans of 3-2-1 Comics! I had a rather busy couple of days and am still catching up on some of this week’s books, so instead of writing 3-21- Comics! halfheartedly, I will only be reviewing one book this week. But don’t worry, it’s a great book! Cheers!
Green Arrow is a character that has been mishandled for some time now, even before the relaunch last year. I had only read a few issues of The New 52 Green Arrow before giving up on it, and that was for a reason – it was dull and uninspiring. Enter Jeff Lemire, star writer of Animal Man and Sweet Tooth. Handing the reigns to Lemire has provided us with probably the most anticipated creative change on a New 52 book yet, and it certainly is worth the hype. Lemire is completely economical and surgical in his approach to the book, by stripping Oliver Queen of nearly everything that has defined this series thus far. Any creator knows that breaking a hero down to their bare essentials really shows their true character. Lemire crafts a new path for Green Arrow, with a new villain and an intriguing mystery that reminded me a lot of Lost (not just because of “The Island” references, you jerks.) Intentionally or not, Andrea Sorrentino’s pencils and colors really remind me of Jock’s from Green Arrow: Year One. Heavy shadows and excellently-scattered action panels really built on Lemire’s story. This is the book of the week my friends, very excited to see where this takes Oliver Queen.
Final Grade: ★★★★★ 5/5