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GREEN ARROW Gets a New Creative Team in October

CW's Arrow writers to take over on the book.

Cover: GREEN ARROW #35 Credit: DC Comics

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's run on GREEN ARROW is coming to an end. On October 1st, issue #35 of GREEN ARROW will come out with a whole new creative team. However, these names will be familiar to those who watch and enjoy the CW's television series Arrow.

The LA Times announced today that Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and writer Ben Sokolowski will have their shot to expand the audience of the hit television series into comics by writing GREEN ARROW. The two will be writing the series while Daniel Sampere (BATGIRL) will be providing the art.

Issue #35 will place Oliver Queen back in Seattle and have him involved in an adventure with a mysterious woman. Both Kreisber and Sokolowski say that their Green Arrow will not be an adaptation of the CW show, but it will be more about "cross-pollination." Sokolowski told the LA Times this about their upcoming run on the book:

“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.”

Since Lemire and Sorrentino took over on GREEN ARROW #17, the book has been a smashing success at DC and brought in new readers in droves. Their run on the book introduced fans to a darker version of the character, dealing with ghosts from his past.

However, there are 2 million regular viewers for the CW Arrow series and there is a lot of hope that viewers who love said series will jump over to the comic book because it features Sokolowski and Kreisberg.

The new creative team takes over on October 1st, with issue #35.

Source: LA Times

206 Comments
Posted by comicbookfan93

Wtf

Green Arrow was by far THE BEST book DC was putting out

Posted by DrellAssassin

Given the writing quality of the couple of episodes of Arrow I've watched, I'm sorry for the fans of this book.

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@squalleon:

I keep hearing that DC will make promises to writers and artists about the freedom they'll have and then after they get the contracts signed, DC will reneg on all those promises. I wonder if that's what happened here. That's what Diggle said about his AC.

Posted by kennybaese

Well this is a pretty big bummer. I like Arrow, but I really loved what Lenore and Sorrentino were doing with the book. I'm definitely pulling the book off of my pull for now. If the new team does good work, I'll read it in trade.

Posted by Netshyster

@pperspectiveandreality:

They have done it again and again. It isn't surprising that the actual talented are abandoning the big two and go indepentent. And why wouldn't they, more control over your work both creatively and economically.

@netshyster said:

I don't read this book but why is everyone surprised and frustrated by this announcement?

Of course the creative team was going change, when doesn't it? This is the inevitable result of running books continuously forever without end for no other purpose than making money.

Because we want more and the writer said he was only halfway through? So we will only get the unfinished product? It is DC saying screw the writer's plans, screw the fanbase who loves it and lets put the creative team for the show with hope we might get some sales. Which is doubtfull considering there was a Green Arrow comic based on the Tv show and it is one of the fastest cancelled comics I remember.

When has DC ever cared about what you want, and why do you still expect creative freedom on titles? You know how it goes; management ultimately calls the shots, not creators.

Posted by johnny_blaze

So many butthurts and fake fans on here. So you're not going to support your favorite character just because DC hired a new creative team? Wow. Absolutely no words. You haven't even read the issue yet. Comic fans always dismiss something without checking it out first.

Posted by longbowhunter

@pperspectiveandreality: @paul2814: Lemire said it was his choice to leave the book. The original LA Times article states that Sokolowski and Kreisberg approached DC about taking over the series. Now you can believe this was a serendipitous coincidence or Lemire and Sorrentino were squeezed out of the equation.

Posted by Squalleon

@pperspectiveandreality:

For me the worst part is that I read comics for the superheroes, its not only that I don't like the medium but superheroes were, are and probably will be the reason I read comics, they are by far my favorite genre. So when a talented writer leaves DC or Marvel (except of MK i don't read marvel these days), it is twice a hit for me :(

And with the quality titles becaming more and more rare, I see myself slowly getting away from comics.

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

Coming soon from DC: Robe Liefield(A) and Tony Daniels(W) on Batman!

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality
Posted by Cap10nate

That's a shame. I really only started reading the book after I heard how great a job Lemire and Sorrentino were doing. I'm not a huge fan of Ollie or his philosophies so I doubt I will stick around with the book after they leave. Might jump back on if the new creative team has as good of reviews as Lemire/Sorrentino are getting now.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@johnny_blaze: Have you even been reading Green Arrow? They have just replaced one of the best creative teams he's had and one of the best books DC is putting out with a team who's past Green Arrow work was pretty crappy at best.

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@squalleon:

I feel your pain. DC needs new leadership. Plain and simple. They need people who actually give a damn about Comic readers in charge. People that actually care about quality and art. One more move like this from DC and I drop everything with their name on it. I'm only one guy but I'll keep my $70 a month and give it to Valiant or Image.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

On a side note... Everyone should check out Federal Bureau of Physics by Vertigo.

Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon:

I feel your pain. DC needs new leadership. Plain and simple. They need people who actually give a damn about Comic readers in charge. People that actually care about quality and art. One more move like this from DC and I drop everything with their name on it. I'm only one guy but I'll keep my $70 a month and give it to Valiant or Image.

They have Bob Harras for editor-in-chief I think we all see the problem right there.

Anyway I may not give DC 70$ a month but even the ones I give will only be spent better.

With Wonder Woman ending, Green Arrow ending, Superman Unchained ending and not caring about Future's End month, I will save a lot money for better use.

Edited by SlamAdams

I like what they have to say about Ollie. At the same time, why isn't their show about that version of Ollie? Lemire made this my favorite DC book. I'm going to be sad to see him leave it. First Azzarello leaves Wonder Woman, not this? Damn you

Edited by redwingx

Why is everyone going mad? Arrow is excellent show with great writing.

Posted by G-Man

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@g_man said:

That's very different from when he said he had another years worth of stories planned.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@redwingx: The writingin Arrow is deplorable.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Lmfao! Yeah because Arrow isn't a horrible TV show with horrible acting and horrible actors?! I'm not even a huge Green Arrow fan but I love Lemire's and Sorrentino's run on the book it's been fantastic and honestly one of the best DC books out. Yeah use creators form the Arrow show because that'll work out well.

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Edited by PunyParker

Again?!!!......

Posted by k4tzm4n

Lmfao! Yeah because Arrow isn't a horrible TV show with horrible acting and horrible actors?! I'm not even a huge Green Arrow fan but I love Lemire's and Sorrentino's run on the book it's been fantastic and honestly one of the best DC books out. Yeah use creators form the Arrow show because that'll work out well.

Well, seeing as comic books don't require acting, I think the comic won't include your biggest complaint ;)

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Posted by Fallschirmjager

They only thing that's surprising is that they aren't canceling the book - which I thought was going to happen.

Not saying I like the change, but you can't exactly blame them for trying to increase sales. No body is buying Green Arrow as is.

But at least all 30 of us have our self righteous hatred

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Posted by Squalleon

@g_man: Call me a conspirasist but I don't buy it :P Everything is too coincidental and because of Lemire's previous statements. I think that is just Lemire playing by DC's rules because he isn't a big enough name to make a stand like Andy Diggle.
But thats because I have lost faith in DC and every time I invest on a title, something happens and a big premature change comes.

Now will I give this a shot, yes, Do I believe it will be good, no but thats because Kreisberg has already worked on Ollie and I was dissapointed.

Posted by Squalleon

@redwingx said:

Why is everyone going mad? Arrow is excellent show with great writing.

Funniest thing I have heard all day :)

Posted by Netshyster

@pperspectiveandreality:

For me the worst part is that I read comics for the superheroes, its not only that I don't like the medium but superheroes were, are and probably will be the reason I read comics, they are by far my favorite genre. So when a talented writer leaves DC or Marvel (except of MK i don't read marvel these days), it is twice a hit for me :(

And with the quality titles becaming more and more rare, I see myself slowly getting away from comics.

Squalleon, really?

Reading comics for superheroes only is a ridiculous crime, shame on you.

Posted by The Stegman

They only thing that's surprising is that they aren't canceling the book - which I thought was going to happen.

Not saying I like the change, but you can't exactly blame them for trying to increase sales. No body is buying Green Arrow as is.

But at least all 30 of us have our self righteous hatred

True speak. It is sad though that not many are buying GA.

Edited by SlamAdams

@redwingx: Arrow is an entertaining show with good enough writing (at best). The dialog is the show's biggest weakness. I enjoyed the second season, but not the first season. None of it really compares to what Lemire was doing.

Posted by Squalleon
@squalleon said:

@pperspectiveandreality:

For me the worst part is that I read comics for the superheroes, its not only that I don't like the medium but superheroes were, are and probably will be the reason I read comics, they are by far my favorite genre. So when a talented writer leaves DC or Marvel (except of MK i don't read marvel these days), it is twice a hit for me :(

And with the quality titles becaming more and more rare, I see myself slowly getting away from comics.

Squalleon, really?

Reading comics for superheroes only is a ridiculous crime, shame on you.

Not really. Super-heroes are the only true advantage comics have over other mediums. So it is pretty logical for me to go get my fix on comics rather than wait years for movies or tolerate mediocre shows.

I can find a mystery,spy, action story everywhere. And some other mediums are actually more fitting for those genres than comics (at least I believe so). So no reason for me to go find a mystery, horror comic, when a book can do it much better. Again that is mine opinion and while good indie comics exist, i just prefer other forms more.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@the_stegman said:

@fallschirmjager said:

They only thing that's surprising is that they aren't canceling the book - which I thought was going to happen.

Not saying I like the change, but you can't exactly blame them for trying to increase sales. No body is buying Green Arrow as is.

But at least all 30 of us have our self righteous hatred

True speak. It is sad though that not many are buying GA.

Even if they didn't change teams, it would have been canceled before issue 50. And that's probably a generous estimate.

Companies don't do these things for charity yanno.

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Posted by Squalleon

@netshyster: Also I read other genres (mostly Comedy and Sci-fi) but super-heroes completely dominate my pull list.

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@squalleon:

Well I guess I'll finish Y the last man, ex machina, watchmen and JLA now then. DC is very close to alienating me totally

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@squalleon:

If you aren't reading Saga you should be. If you like sci-fi, romance, great dialogue and beautiful art, then Saga is for you.

Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon:

Well I guess I'll finish Y the last man, ex machina, watchmen and JLA now then. DC is very close to alienating me totally

YtLM is great, i truly enjoyed it. I don't know when I enjoyed it more, when I read it in issues or all together :-P
I have literally years to re-read Watchmen, I may have to re-read it just for a reminder one day.
Also which JLA run are you reading?

Edited by Squalleon

@squalleon:

If you aren't reading Saga you should be. If you like sci-fi, romance, great dialogue and beautiful art, then Saga is for you.

I have the first volume. I haven't finished it yet but I plan to. My exams and comicvine have taken me way back in terms of catching up and reading :P

Posted by Billy Batson

@netshyster said:
@squalleon said:

@pperspectiveandreality:

For me the worst part is that I read comics for the superheroes, its not only that I don't like the medium but superheroes were, are and probably will be the reason I read comics, they are by far my favorite genre. So when a talented writer leaves DC or Marvel (except of MK i don't read marvel these days), it is twice a hit for me :(

And with the quality titles becaming more and more rare, I see myself slowly getting away from comics.

Squalleon, really?

Reading comics for superheroes only is a ridiculous crime, shame on you.

Not really. Super-heroes are the only true advantage comics have over other mediums. So it is pretty logical for me to go get my fix on comics rather than wait years for movies or tolerate mediocre shows.

I can find a mystery,spy, action story everywhere. And some other mediums are actually more fitting for those genres than comics (at least I believe so). So no reason for me to go find a mystery, horror comic, when a book can do it much better. Again that is mine opinion and while good indie comics exist, i just prefer other forms more.

Believing this. Such a shame.

BB

Edited by SilverPool

I'm gonna miss them on this book.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Saga is silly.

Posted by Netshyster

@netshyster: Also I read other genres (mostly Comedy and Sci-fi) but super-heroes completely dominate my pull list.

If DC are starting to frustrate you there's superhero stuff at Image comics and I think Dark horse too if I'm remembering correctly. There's:

Invincible (Image) (really good, I'm reading it myself and recommend it highly if you're not already reading it.)

The Bounce (Image)

Ghost (Dark Horse)

There's more but I'm not too big on superheroes myself so I don't know too many.

Posted by Squalleon

@billy_batson: Why? Because I prefer other mediums to comics? And really I don't get why you find it so weird to begin with?

Edited by Xwraith

They have one issue to impress me with.

Edited by Squalleon

@squalleon said:

@netshyster: Also I read other genres (mostly Comedy and Sci-fi) but super-heroes completely dominate my pull list.

If DC are starting to frustrate you there's superhero stuff at Image comics and I think Dark horse too if I'm remembering correctly. There's:

Invincible (Image) (really good, I'm reading it myself and recommend it highly if you're not already reading it.)

The Bounce (Image)

Ghost (Dark Horse)

There's more but I'm not too big on superheroes myself so I don't know too many.

I already read Invincible. But I have to say I haven't checked the other stuff.

Posted by SilverPool

@squalleon:

Well I guess I'll finish Y the last man, ex machina, watchmen and JLA now then. DC is very close to alienating me totally

Get ready to cry.

Posted by Billy Batson

@billy_batson: Why? Because I prefer other mediums to comics? And really I don't get why you find it so weird to begin with?

Believing that other genres fit other mediums more, which isn't true. You can do anything well with any medium.

BB

Posted by Squalleon

@netshyster:

I already read Invincible. But I have to say I haven't checked the other stuff.

And I will pick up Higgin's COWL because there is some good hype surrounding it.

Believing that other genres fit other mediums more, which isn't true. You can do anything well with any medium.

@squalleon said:

@billy_batson: Why? Because I prefer other mediums to comics? And really I don't get why you find it so weird to begin with?

BB

This is completely subjective. If you read, you will see that I said again and again that this is my opinion and I prefer that. It was never meant as a general statement or fact.

Posted by SlamAdams
Edited by kivatt

I'm so sad right now

Posted by Netshyster

@netshyster said:
@squalleon said:

@pperspectiveandreality:

For me the worst part is that I read comics for the superheroes, its not only that I don't like the medium but superheroes were, are and probably will be the reason I read comics, they are by far my favorite genre. So when a talented writer leaves DC or Marvel (except of MK i don't read marvel these days), it is twice a hit for me :(

And with the quality titles becaming more and more rare, I see myself slowly getting away from comics.

Squalleon, really?

Reading comics for superheroes only is a ridiculous crime, shame on you.

Not really. Super-heroes are the only true advantage comics have over other mediums. So it is pretty logical for me to go get my fix on comics rather than wait years for movies or tolerate mediocre shows.

I can find a mystery,spy, action story everywhere. And some other mediums are actually more fitting for those genres than comics (at least I believe so). So no reason for me to go find a mystery, horror comic, when a book can do it much better. Again that is mine opinion and while good indie comics exist, i just prefer other forms more.

That response is irrational, truly.

What makes any genre of story better in a novel than on a comic-book page?

Do words on a page by themselves somehow magically make a story any better than it intrinsically is? The idea that the comic medium is any less suited to storytelling than prose or cinema is nonsense.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@fallschirmjager said:

They only thing that's surprising is that they aren't canceling the book - which I thought was going to happen.

Not saying I like the change, but you can't exactly blame them for trying to increase sales. No body is buying Green Arrow as is.

But at least all 30 of us have our self righteous hatred

True speak. It is sad though that not many are buying GA.

It's not selling gangbuster but it's not that bad.