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Interview: Jeff Lemire Discusses GREEN ARROW

The writer talks about "The Outsiders War" and much more!

Writer Jeff Lemire jumped on GREEN ARROW with issue #17 (along with artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo) and since then, the book has become something truly special. Creating a whole new mythos for Oliver while also hitting us with gorgeous visuals, the Emerald Archer's book has been a real joy to read each and every month. We're now three issues into the series' first big arc, The Outsiders War, and we had the opportunity to chat with Lemire about the story and what else we can expect to see from the book.

*This interview does contain spoilers, so bookmark this page if you're not current*

COMIC VINE: First and foremost, what's it like being able to do so much world-building for Oliver?

JEFF LEMIRE: It's very rewarding. I love building huge mythologies around characters. And the New 52 version of GA was almost a clean slate where I could come in and start adding. Building out from his character and filling his world with interesting mysteries, villains and supporting cast. Now, I feel with the Outsider War all of that is in place and we can go crazy with a huge bombastic story.

CV: The Outsiders War has been building up since #17 and definitely had an explosive start. Can you talk a little bit about what the story means for Oliver and his growing supporting cast?

JL: This is the breaking point. This is where Oliver finally confront all the baggage of the past, family and legacy and face it down. Here is where he will either rise up and become something better, or fail and be crushed.

And on top of that we get a massive sprawling battle between the weapon clans and this diverse cast of characters.

CV: What helps Green Arrow stand apart from other superhero comics at DC?

JL: He is very grounded in reality. He has no powers. He is essentially a normal man caught up in extraordinary circumstances. But it's also his sense of history and legacy that makes him unique. His connection to the Outsiders.

CV: Is there any kind of collaboration with the team behind Arrow? Anything to make sure the comic will lure in fans of the show or vice versa?

JL: I feel we're making a series that compliments the TV show very well in terms of tone and mood. I think fans who enjoy the show can find a similar sort of world building, mystery and action here. And now we are also adding the character of DIGGLE to the comic book He is a great character form the TV show played by David Ramsey and as soon as I saw the show I knew we needed to include him, because he really grounds Oliver Queen and they have great chemistry together.

CV: Can we expect to see Diggle play a bigger role in the future?

JL: Very much so. We will see glimpses of him during The Outsiders War, and then the next storyline, GREEN ARROW BROKEN, will be very much an Ollie and Diggle story.

CV: Many were thrilled to see the return of Richard Dragon. Can you perhaps tease what fans can expect to see from the character and do you have plans to reintroduce any of Oliver's other classic characters? Fingers are crossed for Drakon or Brick!

JL: In the next arc Dragon will be assembling an all new rogues gallery for Ollie and Diggle to face. And one of the characters you mentioned will be part of that.

CV: What has it been like collaborating with Andrea Sorrentino?

JL: He is a genius. He takes my simple scripts and brings them to life with his dynamic spreads and inventive storytelling. This book is a true collaboration. And colorist Marcelo Maiolo is also a huge part of that.

CV: If you had to pick, what is your favorite image from the series so far?

JL: The last page of issue 27. The reveal of Ollie's Dad. Love that!

CV: Many of us would obviously love to see you and Sorrentino stay with the book for countless more stories, but how many arcs do you currently have planned?

JL: I'm onto the next arc post-Outsiders now. I also hope to stay on the book for an extended run!

CV: Katana aside, can we expect any more big cameos in The Outsiders War and beyond?

JL: Butcher, Onyx, Diggle, Richard Dragon, Magus and many more!

CV: If you had to promote The Outsiders War in 5 words or less, what would you say?

JL: Biggest Green Arrow story ever!

GREEN ARROW #28 is currently on sale.

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Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

I wonder if Arsenal will be making an appearance any time soon also my vote is for Drakon

Edited by SlamAdams

I love this series. Its probably my favorite DC book currently publishing.

Edited by lifeboy

less new characters; MORE Shado!

Ugh, I can't get enough of her in the show or comic :D

Edited by 2cool4fun

Damn, you were not kidding about the spoilers xD...oh well I am starting marathoning it tonight from 17-28 anyway :/

But Lemire & Sorentino are to GA what Snyder & Capullo are currently for batman. These 2 teams together with Wonder Woman Red Lantern and the current Action Comics team are the 5 teams I hope don't change for the next 2 years :D

Posted by kivatt

@2cool4fun: I what about the Swamp Thing team? That's consistently been a great book.

I think the problem with that there is both Lemire and Soule as writing multiple books which are great. They have to be my favorite writers at DC right now.

Posted by PunyParker

DIGGLE!!!!

Posted by Tattacus

So a good jumping on point would be the start of The Outsiders War, or would I be a bit lost?

Posted by Tattacus

So a good jumping on point would be the start of The Outsiders War, or would I be a bit lost?

Posted by DrMantisToboggan
Posted by longbowhunter

@tattacus: Its a good place to start. If you like it go back to #17 and catch up.

Posted by Tattacus
Edited by Xwraith

Hard to believe it's been a whole year since Lemire and Sorrentino started.

Keep it up, you two. You turned Green Arrow into my favorite Big Two comic (and Oliver Queen into my favorite character).

Posted by LyraFay

Must read this but I gonna read some old Green Arrow before diving into the new.

Posted by DrMantisToboggan

@tattacus: and if you're not already reading them, I'd personally recommend wonder woman and aquaman, maybe just goto a bookstore and read the volume 1's in store to see if you like it

Posted by mak13131313

I've been reading Green Arrow since 2002. And when the New 52 launched it was the only book that I was disappointed in. I dropped it and thought I lost one of my favorite hero's. Then when Jeff Lemire took over at #17 and I thought I would give it another try. Best decision I made that day. Jeff has been knocking it out of the park. I'm so glad he gave us Green Arrow back!

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Amazing art and layouts

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Loving it.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

ALL HAIL JEFF LEMIRE (AND TEAM)

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My guess is Drakon's going to show up. Brick wouldn't match the more grounded approach Lemire's taken.

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Posted by Jbreen

Really loving this book. Been a huge fan of Ollie's for such a long time so I was so disappointed when the New 52 started and the book was just garbage. So it is so great to see Lemire come in and really turn this book around and make it one of the best books out right now.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

ALL HAIL JEFF LEMIRE (AND TEAM)

What did Lemire do in 11 issues that made you guys go bonkers ?:P

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@fallschirmjager said:

ALL HAIL JEFF LEMIRE (AND TEAM)

What did Lemire do in 11 issues that made you guys go bonkers ?:P

Well, he's also done Animal Man which has consistently been a gem of the New 52.

And he wrote Sweet Tooth which is a great Vertigo series.

but seriously WTFbro. Why u not reading Green Arrow? You're doing something wrong. Drop one of your current titles, its not better than Green arrow.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull said:

@fallschirmjager said:

ALL HAIL JEFF LEMIRE (AND TEAM)

What did Lemire do in 11 issues that made you guys go bonkers ?:P

Well, he's also done Animal Man which has consistently been a gem of the New 52.

And he wrote Sweet Tooth which is a great Vertigo series.

but seriously WTFbro. Why u not reading Green Arrow? You're doing something wrong. Drop one of your current titles, its not better than Green arrow.

I'm sure it's fantastic, I'm just not really a green arrow fan :P, only thing I've seen him is the TV series and the animated JLU version.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@theacidskull: irrelevant. read it anyway.

your mind will = blown.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

@fallschirmjager: Should I trade this from Captain America? the series has been disappointing anyways..

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@theacidskull: here's a bunch more random images I have...these are all few issues old I dont have any of the new arc issues uploads which are even better

buy it online if you have to. buy it all...NOAW

Posted by Tattacus

@tattacus: and if you're not already reading them, I'd personally recommend wonder woman and aquaman, maybe just goto a bookstore and read the volume 1's in store to see if you like it

I could try. I've only had a little interest in WW, never enough to buy the title though. As for Aquaman, I know he's more than a guy that talks to fish, but I've never been interested. Why do you read Aquaman?

Edited by 2cool4fun

@kivatt: Yeah swampy & Animal Man, but I already mentioned their writers here, plus didn't want to overdo it with comics :D

@tattacus: Aquaman has been one of the greatest DC titles since the new 52, the character has literally never been better portrayed. ( IMO ) Johns built him an amazing world in just 25 issues, & Ivan has been has been giving the same quality in his art. Aquaman and Wonder Woman are one of the 5 top titles DC has been giving us since the new 52 started.

And Wonder Woman now Azz is such an amazing writer I could not even start to describe how good that is. But this title is much slower and more complex then most hero titles, I would not recommend this unless you are patient & don't really mind that there is not that much fighting.

Posted by DrMantisToboggan

@tattacus: I was gonna expound but @2cool4fun seems to have taken the words outta my mouth

Aquaman is just done so well, great characterization and solid plot lines that only get better as you progress

And as already stated, wonder woman is quite a complex story but it really picks up around 19 or 20

Posted by Tattacus

@kivatt: Yeah swampy & Animal Man, but I already mentioned their writers here, plus didn't want to overdo it with comics :D

@tattacus: Aquaman has been one of the greatest DC titles since the new 52, the character has literally never been better portrayed. ( IMO ) Johns built him an amazing world in just 25 issues, & Ivan has been has been giving the same quality in his art. Aquaman and Wonder Woman are one of the 5 top titles DC has been giving us since the new 52 started.

And Wonder Woman now Azz is such an amazing writer I could not even start to describe how good that is. But this title is much slower and more complex then most hero titles, I would not recommend this unless you are patient & don't really mind that there is not that much fighting.

@tattacus: I was gonna expound but @2cool4fun seems to have taken the words outta my mouth

Aquaman is just done so well, great characterization and solid plot lines that only get better as you progress

And as already stated, wonder woman is quite a complex story but it really picks up around 19 or 20

Ok, so you can both colour me interested in both titles. For each then, where would you both recommend me jumping on? I'd rather not have to go back all the way to #1 if possible. But would if you think it's necessary.

Edited by 2cool4fun

@tattacus: Well if you don't want to start from #1 pick aquaman from either issue 7 ( the first time we see the group called "the others" ) issue 14 a crossover with Justice League, about Atlantis attacking the surface world, or 18 Geoff's last & best story on aquaman it goes up to issue 25, with issue 20 being a filler in-between that introduces a new member to the others.

While Wonder Woman is as we said more complex, her stories are longer, so you really only have 3 points to start from unless you don't mind going in the middle of a story. You have issue 1 xD issue 0 or 13 how ever you like it. Or issue 24, which is the best jumping on point if you don't want to start from issue 1 IMO.

Also sorry for taking the words out of your mouth @drmantistoboggan

Posted by braynehurricane

Dude what the heck I didn't know Onyx is in the New 52 now. And they whitewashed her??

Posted by DrMantisToboggan

@2cool4fun: haha no prob there, it's actually cool to find someone that shares almost the same view as me, wish I knew someone personally that felt as we do

@tattacus: I concur about the spots given to jump in, however I'd say start from issue #1

Try a barnes and noble or somethin and sit in the store and read volume one of each and see which one you like

Like you I was never too big on either character but I saw the new 52 as a chance to get into characters I wasn't read up on enough before. Plus chiang's art on WW is awesome, somethin about it just hooked me

Edited by Tattacus

@2cool4fun @drmantistoboggan Thanks. I think I'll have to just get Vol 1 for each of them and see how I find them. Haven't got anywhere I can just go and read them so. Cheers for the help!

Posted by Anabyss

@2cool4fun: Well spoken Green Arrow and Wonderwoman don't dissapoint :)

Edited by darknightspideyfanboy

@braynehurricane: er she look asian now also richard dragon and clock king where both white men and are now black so it more like race bending lol.IMO who cares race shouldn't be a big deal anymore

Posted by scouts1998

In my opinion the 2 best artist to do with panel layouts are J.H. Williams III and Andrea Sorrentino

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