Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino may be leaving DC’s Green Arrow comic book series, but the new writers will not fail this city.
Taking over as writers of Green Arrow with issue #35 will be Andrew Kreisberg & Ben Sokolowski, two of the most popular writers of the Arrow television series. Daniel Sampere (Trinity of Sin: Pandora) will be the artist.
Sokolowski and Kreisberg talked to Hero Complex about their new job – and if characters from the show might make their way onto the four-color page.
“Yes, some of our favorite Arrow characters will feature prominently in the comic,” Sokolowski confirmed. “Though they may not necessarily be clones of their TV personas. I think 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,” he said.
“I think the version Ben and I are going for now is an amalgamation of the TV version and his comic book persona. As our TV partner, Greg Berlanti, puts it, at his core, Oliver is an optimist. 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,” Andrew Kreisberg added.
This isn’t Kreisberg’s first non-TV-tie-in Green Arrow writing. A few years back, he was the writer of the Green Arrow/Black Canary series.
We will update everyone when Green Arrow #35 hits stores. For Lemire and Sorrentino, though: Thanks again for a job well done…. their Green Arrow work was phenomenal.