Beyond The Bat: ‘Arrow’ Writers Take Over ‘Green Arrow’ Comic Book This October

Today DC announced, via LA Times Hero Complex, that Arrow Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg and writer Ben Sokolowski will take over the Green Arrow ongoing comic book series October 1st, starting with issue #35. Yes, they will remain on the staff of the TV show and, no, they aren’t doing an adaptation of it; there have already been digital tie-ins. Daniel Sampere (Batgirl) will provide interior art. It’s possible that he will eventually do covers, but Bryan Hitch will do the cover art for #35.

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s much acclaimed run will wrap this September with their Futures End tie-in. The new creative team intends to inject more classic elements of the character into the mix, while incorporating SOME elements of the show. In the words of Sokolowski:

 Without giving away too much … yes, some of our favorite “Arrow” characters will feature prominently in the comic. 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.

This is more about cross-pollination.  How can we incorporate what is working so well for “Arrow” into the New 52 DCU, while at the same time, keeping what makes the original 2-D Oliver Queen so special. To that end, comic Oliver and TV Oliver have distinct voices and attitudes.  We’ll do our best to keep them unique. 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 fallen through the cracks a bit, both in the comics and TV models.

For a nice interview with the writers, click the source link at the bottom. This promo art by Garry Brown featuring a bearded Oliver Queen might give you a better idea as to what tone they aim to achieve.

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Source: LA Times Hero Complex

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