GREEN ARROW Gets New ARROW Creative Team in October

Green Arrow #35
Green Arrow #35
Credit: DC Comics

Green Arrow is getting a new creative team in October 2014, and it’s one familiar with the character. Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, both writers (and Kreisberg an EP) on The CW’s Arrow, will co-write the series starting with Green Arrow #35, with Daniel Sampere on art. They take over for the team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, who will have completed an 18-issue run on the series that many regarded as the true “new launch” of the character from issue 17.

The new run on the series has Oliver back in Seattle, his hometown in the comics, and dealing with a new mystery woman. While the pair plan to bring in some elements of Arrow (Lemire and Sorrentino already introduced the character John Diggle from that show into comic book continuity), they want to look at the character’s comic book history for their run, too.

”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 fall through the cracks a bit,” Sokolowski told LATimes’ Blake Hennon in an announcement interview. “Our goal with this comic is to make it an echo of the TV series. It’s a way to bridge the two universes. That being said, we’re not trying to make this “Arrow: The Comic.” That’s what the digital tie-ins are for.”

That means that while some characters from the show may hit the comic book page, they won’t just be mirror images of who they are in the show, entering its third season just one month before they take over the comic. This is Kreisberg’s second run with Ollie in comics, and both writers worked on the aforementioned digital comic.

”At his core, Oliver is an optimist,” Kreisberg said. “He believes in people. On the TV show, that optimism is buried under years of torture and suffering, but it’s still there. In the comics, he’s been a bit more fun, a bit faster with a quip, so we are trying to add some of that zest for life.”

Both writers are excited to take on the comic book version of Oliver here, and write “the same character in a different way.” The pair actually approached DC Comics with their pitch for the series, as opposed to DC coming to the multimedia writers as happens so frequently.

No announcements yet on what, if anything, is next for Lemire or Sorrentino at DC Comics. Lemire remains the ongoing writer of Justice League United and a contributing writer to the weekly Futures End.

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