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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 dagmar_merrill

F*ck everything.

Posted by daredevil21134

wow......not surprised

Edited by CheeseSticks

One more issue from Lemire and Sorrentino and it's over. What f*cking bullsh*t. Didn't Lemire said that he was about at the half of his plan for his run? Must be a editorial push to put the CW writer. I'm so mad right now.

Edited by longbowhunter

I figured it was about time. I read Andrew Kreisberg's Green Arrow/Black Canary run back in the day and it wasn't great. I do like the fact he wants to bring a little swashbuckling and left leaning politics back to the character. Those are essential Oliver Queen characteristics. And I'm willing to bet the mysterious woman is Cupid.

Edited by Dm225

This is absolutely awful news...

Edited by The_Tree

Nooooooo.

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

NO! Somebody quick post that No please no gif! What a load of crap!

Posted by The Average Bear

I'm down for the liberal direction, but why do you need to bring in a new team for that!? The current team IS Green Arrow!!

Posted by Billy Batson

HAAAAA.

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Posted by Outside_85

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.

No they wont.

Posted by wessaari

This is the worst move they can possibly make. Fantastic story and art, and they are bringing in characters from the show as a sign of good faith, but oh no lets get the luke warm writers of Arrow and underwhelming art to bring us something we have already seen before. So unbelievably pissed because this team has been the most consistent out of any DC book right now. ANGER, ANGER AND RAGE!!!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by Jayc1324

Bad idea. Bad news.

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Edited by wessaari

THEY ALREADY HAVE A COMIC FOR THE SHOW WHAT THE F&%K IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE. DC CANT REALIZE THAT THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A GOOD THING SO THEY UP AND RUIN IT BECAUSE ITS NOT WHAT THEY WANTED OR ENVISIONED. IF ITS GOOD, SELLS WELL, AND IS LOVED BY FANS WHY DOES IT MATTER!!! AAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH

Edited by Squalleon

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

This is a sad day :(

The social crusader was always my favorite part of GA, I just hoped that Lemire and Sorrentino would stay longer. Especially Sorrentino :(

Posted by Billy Batson

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.

No they wont.

Really wonder how can they believe that.
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Posted by Outside_85
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

What the actual hell? Is this a joke?

Posted by Farkam

> DC

Posted by AllStarSuperman

stupid idea. "insert I am never reading anything DC again"

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Posted by longbowhunter

Really curious whats next for Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. Maybe if DC announced a Doom Patrol or Martian Manhunter series with these guys it would take the sting out a bit.

Posted by dotwilson

im normally not a hater like the rest of you... but this is just awful. I thought Lemire had long term plans for the character. The sales are definitely going to drop.

Posted by Squalleon

Lemire said he had long term plans for Green Arrow so I guess he isn't the reason for that change.
Maybe the title wasn't selling good enough for DC so they thought bringing the Arrow staff will also bring sales (I doubt it).
Anyway sad day indeed :(

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

Wow. We really don't mean anything to comic companies...

Posted by Billy Batson

im normally not a hater like the rest of you... but this is just awful. I thought Lemire had long term plans for the character. The sales are definitely going to drop.

They aren't really that to high begin with.

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Posted by dreamfall31

Changing the creative to writers of the show is NOT going to get the non-comic viewers of the show to pick up the comic, EVER.

Posted by The_Tree

Really curious whats next for Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. Maybe if DC announced a Doom Patrol or Martian Manhunter series with these guys it would take the sting out a bit.

Hopefully, because this is devastating.

With the way Sorrentino does the Count Vertigo pages, his artwork would look phenomenal with Manhunter's mindf###ing and stretching. I'm also kind of hoping for Catwoman-- they saved one crappy book, why not another?

Edited by manwithoutshame

That's cool, I think I've had enough of Lemire and Sorrentino, This could be a step in the right direction.

Posted by dotwilson

@billy_batson: true, but lemire/sorrentino brought in a lot of new readers dude. issues 1-16 were so terrible, it was on the verge of being cancelled. i can see this going right back to that status quo

Posted by Wolverine08

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Posted by dotwilson

That's cool, I think I've had enough of Lemire and Sorrentino, This could be a step in the right direction.

said nobody, ever.

Posted by Nahuel

I wonder what Mat has to say?

But is obvious that this is a lot of crap!!

Luckily Lemire will keep writing him in JLU and create the Animal Man/Green Arrow bromance.

Posted by PatMcgroin

One more issue from Lemire and Sorrentino and it's over. What f*cking bullsh*t. Didn't Lemire said that he was about at the half of his plan for his run? Must be a editorial push to put the CW writer. I'm so mad right now.

I agree. Someone at Warner Bros. is going to get several emails.

Posted by Squalleon

Wow. We really don't mean anything to comic companies...

I don't know about other companies but DC really hates its fans.
They always seem to do the opposite from what the fans want. Is it to see how big suckers we are? Is it because we aren't the fans they want? Do they know better than us?I don't know but I bet more than 80% of the changes DC has done in the past 3 years are exactly the opposite of what the fants want.

Posted by Protoflash

Great… and people bitch when marvel changes things to be more like their live action counterparts….. Ugh, all the fanboy rage!

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Wonder what sorrentino will do next?

Posted by dotwilson

its cool to hate

Posted by Stormmagician

Other than Wonder Woman, Green Arrow is the only DC books I read. This is such a disappointment.

Edited by UltimateSMfan

Jeez ever the pessimists in the comments section......In saying that it's sad to see Lemire and Sorrentino leave so early, really thought they were gonna be on this book till at least the end of this year. However reading that part about bringing back the old voice of Green Arrow(opinionated, liberal robin hood esque hero) that the writers even acknowledge has not been seen or used a great deal in the tv show and recently in the comics is comforting and sells me on the change. Hopefully they do something great with the series.

Posted by Netshyster

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.

Posted by DDangelico

Ugh. What a bummer. Oh well, I needed to start dropping books from my pull list

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@squalleon:

I enjoy DC characters much more than I do Marvel but I'm seriously going more and more towards dropping all the DC that I buy just to make my point as a consumer that you can't just toss anything at me and expect me to lap it up like some lovesick puppy. This is one of THE best books DC has been putting out and they change it.....I cannot wait to see the rapid sales decrease. I'm starting to understand Jonathan Hickman's comment about "you KNOW how you're gonna be treated at DC...". It must be a well known fact in the comic community that DC treats it's writers and artists poorly. This is a sad day not only for GA fans like myself, but for DC fans as a whole.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@outside_85 said:

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.

No they wont.

Really wonder how can they believe that.
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Yeah considering the actually Arrow comic was canceled as well.

Posted by Paul2814

Lemire tweet that it was their choice to leave the book. Looking forward to Sorrentino's next work. I didn't enjoy JL United so I may give Lemire's next work a miss.

Posted by The Stegman

All good things must come to an end.

Posted by manwithoutshame

I'm surprised so many people are against this, since this is so clearly returning Oliver Queen to the character we all knew and loved before the New 52.

Posted by longbowhunter

@the_tree said:

@longbowhunter said:

Really curious whats next for Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. Maybe if DC announced a Doom Patrol or Martian Manhunter series with these guys it would take the sting out a bit.

Hopefully, because this is devastating.

With the way Sorrentino does the Count Vertigo pages, his artwork would look phenomenal with Manhunter's mindf###ing and stretching. I'm also kind of hoping for Catwoman-- they saved one crappy book, why not another?

Oh that would be so cool! Sorrentino definitely needs to do a MM book. Lemire said on Twitter it was his and Andrea's idea to leave the book and that something would be announced soon.

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@paul2814:

I bet that tweet is more of a PR move as directed by DC. As other users pointed out above Lemire said he was about halfway through his intended story. But there is a possibility of DC trying to make drastic creative changes to their story and rather than do that Lemire and Sorrentino "left on their own terms" just like Andy Diggle did.

Posted by Krypton-115

This is literally the dumbest decision ever. What's next? A new team for Batman?

Posted by Squalleon

@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.

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.

Edited by PatMcgroin

If you think this is a good idea read the comic Arrow.