Thursday, February 7, 2013

Green Arrow #17: Review

For the past 17 months there has been a pall hanging over my comic book experience, and that pall was the New52 Green Arrow series. From the dull starting run of JT Krull, to the uninteresting plot of Keith Giffen, and the continual "I don't know what is going on here" of Ann Nocenti, the emerald archer's first foray into a new universe was a bumpy one. However,  someone at DC got their wits about them and chose Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Animal Man) as the next writer for Seattle's favorite bowman starting at issue #17. Lemire is a consistently good, in my opinion very good, writer with plenty of experience writing DC monthlies and his own graphic novels.

GA #17 is an important issue. Since Lemire has the pressure of turning a series around, he has to establish a good arc, while doing damage control on the past 16 issues, sadly they can't just start a renumbering. He does this well by taking out some of the side characters, introducing a mysterious villain of sorts, and just using effective exposition, where the reader knows what is going on. The art, done by Andrea Sorrentino (I, Vampire), had dynamic point of view and certainly reflected Lemire's storytelling, not to mention the cover which is currently my twitter cover photo. By the end of the issue, my desire for good GA was not fully sated, but I know that better things are on their way. If you were looking for a solid DC title to jump on, look no further than Green Arrow #17.

I give Green Arrow #17 an 8 out of 10.

-Peter