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Review – Green Arrow #17

Green Arrow #17 CoverStarting with Green Arrow #17, the emerald archer heads into a whole new direction with a new creative team. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino take over creative duties for the series. The new issue features a new character called Komodo and decides to dismantle Green Arrow/Oliver Queen’s life. It’s systematic and quick in how it goes down leaving our hero at square one and starting from scratch.

And it’s appropriate that in this issue the character is completely dismantled and taken to the basics. Oliver Queen is no longer a DC version of Marvel’s Tony Stark, instead the character finds himself at the street level with nothing, and no one to help him. It all has to do with some mystery hinted at and something to do with Queen’s father.

It’s a character coming to terms with the loss of his fortune, his company and his past.

And that’s a perfect spot for new readers to give the series a shot. Lemire has proven he’s an amazing writer having penned many of last year’s praised comics, Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder to name two. The writing is as solid as I’d expect. Lemire has stripped the emerald archer from his toys, remarking on them in the comic. We’re getting a back to basics character and it should be interesting to see where this goes.

Sorrentino’s art is solid work. The artist had been knocking it out of the park in I, Vampire and the art isn’t quite as sharp at some points, overall it’s great art with some cool visual angles and use of panels.

Mysteries abound in an all new direction. There’s not many answers, but while this usually frustrates me, here it works as there’s so much action thrown at you, it feels like a thriller with the hero on the lamb. The changes or quick and swift, ripping the band aid off. I was a lapsed reader of Green Arrow but the new team has got me interested in seeing what the next issue holds.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrea Sorrentino

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Jeff Lemire takes on Green Arrow and a Preview!

Back in October we got a taste as to what it’d be like if writer Jeff Lemire took on Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in a back-up story in Justice League #13 which he co-wrote with Geoff Johns. Starting next month, Lemire’s new writing duties on Green Arrow kick off with issue #17, further expanding his gritty and noir take on the Justice League of America member.

Green Arrow will face off against Komodo, a new villain. Komodo is another arched, whose skill is better than Oliver’s, his better in every way physically. Though we’re not told why he wants to destroy Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Lemire has teased it has something to do with Oliver’s father.

You can check out some unfinished art by the new series artist Andrea Sorrentino who has worked on I, Vampire.

Green Arrow #17 shoots into stores on February 6.

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Review – I, Vampire #1

The DC reboot/relaunch/revamp has one of it’s goals to bring the DC universe up to modern times, a bit edgier.  With that, they’ve decided to shine a light on the dark side of their world with their “dark” line.  The first of these were decent, but we see two heavy hitters this week released, one of those being I, Vampire #1.  I was able to get an early peek at the comic and I must say, it’s really good.  The story:

For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now the truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!

The comic is told from two perspectives, Andrew kicking ass against vampires and his debate with Mary.  It’s an interesting mix, one is a quiet and subdued debate and the other is some cool vampire slaying (though that too is also a lot more subdued than I expected).  The comic is all about the mood and that’s set by Joshua Hale Fialkov.  Fialkov has shown he can do horror/thriller/creepy with Echoes from Top Cow/Minotaur.  The comic is that fantastic work crossed with some of his recent stuff like The Last of the Greats.

The art by Andrea Sorrentino is fantastic, taking Fialkov’s setting and adding the creepy.  His writing is important, but Sorrentino’s art magnifies the mood ten fold.  This is a great team-up of writer and artist and thinking of the previous three weeks, one of the best pairings.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this and was/am totally unfamiliar with the characters.  I knew Fialkov’s past work, and had hope.  After getting through the first issue, I’m pumped.  I anticipated this first issue, now I want the second and third.  The real test will be when the vampire world clashes with the greater DCU and that’ll be the big test.  But, on it’s own, the series is one of the best of this relaunch.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Announces More #1 Titles

Official Press Release

DC Embraces Its Dark Side

Swamp Thing #1

DC Comics embraces its dark side. On the 40th anniversary of the character’s creation, the New York Times bestselling writer of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, Scott Snyder, teams up with Yannick Paquette (BATMAN, INCORPORATED) to bring horror back to the DC Universe in SWAMP THING #1. For years, one man served against his will as the avatar of nature. And while he may have been freed of the monster, he’s about to learn the monster will never truly let go of him.

The World’s Greatest Supernatural Heroes

Justice League Dark #1

John Constantine, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man and Madame Xanadu are Justice League Dark, a band of supernatural heroes united to stop the dark things the rest of the DCU does not see in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1, by Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin.

Acclaimed Creators with New Takes on Cult Heroes

Animal Man #1

Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in ANIMAL MAN #1, the start of a dramatic new series by acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and artists Travel Foreman and Dan Green.

Demon Knights #1

Set in the Middle Ages, the Demon leads an unlikely team to defend civilization and preserve the last vestiges of Camelot against the tide of history. Critically-acclaimed writer Paul Cornell and artists Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert combine sorcery, swords and superheroes in DEMON KNIGHTS #1.

Tomorrow’s Cult Classics

FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1

Frankenstein and his network of strange beings work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive. It’s the breakout hero of Seven Soldiers as you’ve never seen him before in FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1, the first issue of a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, The Nobody) and artist Alberto Ponticelli.

RESURRECTION MAN #1

A cult favorite character returns in a new series written by his classic creative team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Joining them is JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST artist Fernando Dagnino. RESURRECTION MAN #1 is the story of a hero who wakes up with new powers each time he’s killed.

I VAMPIRE #1

Vampires threaten to bring ruin to the DC Universe in I, VAMPIRE #1 by rising star Josh Fialkov and artist Andrea Sorrentino. Tortured by his centuries-old love for the Queen of the Damnned, Andrew Bennett must save humanity from the violent uprising of his fellow vampires, even if it means exterminating his own kind.

VOODOO #1

Priscilla Kitaen has just found out she’s a monster. A half-alien hybrid, the woman known as Voodoo must confront the secrets of her past to make sense of the nightmare her life has suddenly become. VOODOO #1 will be written by Ron Marz with art by Sami Basri.