SDCC 2014: GREEN ARROW’s Andrea Sorrentino Jumps To Marvel

Page from 'Uncanny X-Men Annual #1' by Andrea Sorrentino
Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 cover by Andrea Sorrentino
Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 cover by Andrea Sorrentino
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Green Arrow artist Andrea Sorrentino is true, and his next target is outside of DC and over at the House of Ideas. As announced Saturday at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014, Sorrentino will be making his Marvel debut illustrating November’s Uncanny X-Men Annual #1. Sorrentino says the over-sized annual concerns the recently introduced young X-Man, Eva Bell, and her time-traveling ways.

“I don't want to spoil too much, but you know that, during her training in Tabula Rasa, Eva Bell disappeared just to come back with longer hairs and a different attitude,” Sorrentino explains. “It's also hinted that during this time she's been shattered through time and space but no one apart of Eva really knows what happened. Well, it's time for this story to be told.”

The Italian artist tells Newsarama that Bell is “a great character,” and the fact that she’s relatively new to comics “opens her to a lot of different scenarios in terms of evolution and character development.”

“Also, she's extremely powerful (more than she actually realizes..),” the artist elaborates,” and has all the qualities to become a Tier One in the mutant society of the future.”

Page from 'Uncanny X-Men Annual #1' by Andrea Sorrentino
Page from 'Uncanny X-Men Annual #1' by Andrea Sorrentino

For his Marvel debut, Sorrentino is paired with the company’s defacto top writer in that of Brian Michael Bendis. Sorrentino tells Newsarama that he is a long-time fan of Bendis going back to Sam & Twitch, and calls working with the writer “a blast.”

“Brian and I have discussed a bit about the artistic approach to Uncanny X-Men Annual #1,” says Sorrentino, “and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of freedom Brian is giving me to give me for this book.”

Although his tenure on Green Arrow is over and he’s working here with Marvel, the artist has nothing bad to say about DC.

Credit: DC Comics

“Working at DC has been great, in the same way as working with Marvel has been in these first moments,” Sorrentino reveals. “I just had several proposals after Jeff Lemire and my decision to leave Green Arrow and I picked the one that sounded more interesting and intriguing. There's something else at Marvel that will follow this annual, that was just a first step. I can't say much, but it's already in plan and I guess it will be announced anytime soon.”

Although Sorrentino balked at going into more detail about this second Marvel project, when asked in general about Marvel characters he’d like to work with he rattled off several names ranging from Captain America to the Punisher, Wolverine, and more X-Men.

“Working with the X-Men is cool, mostly because due to their different and incredible powers there's a lot to play around in terms of weird visuals and creative storytelling that is what, to me, makes this work so fun to do,” ssays the artist. “Also, they're very iconic and are a big part of Marvel history and of my personal reader\fan history, so it's really awesome to have the chance to work with them.”

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