Comic Review: Green Arrow: Broken

Published: June 4th, 2014 – September 3rd, 2014
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino

DC Comics, 123 Pages

Review:

Broken followed up the Green Arrow story The Outsiders War. It is also the last big story arc from Jeff Lemire.

While many people thought that Lemire’s run on Green Arrow was spectacular, I’ve felt pretty lukewarm towards it. I thought it started out well and was building towards something great but it just seems to move a long with a whimper.

It just continues to feel like it is trying to be more like the show Arrow, as opposed to the comic book series that has come and gone for decades. It’s almost too dark, too serious and just lacks the character and charisma of years of Green Arrow stories. This sort of falls victim to the gritty reboot trend in the worst way.

It sucks because I generally like Lemire’s writing but as his Green Arrow tenure ran on, it also ran dry. I’m not sure what people see in this, unless most people only really know this character from the more serious and dark television show.

Anyway, this closes out most of the big plot threads from Lemire’s time on the series.

The only real highlight of this is the artwork. Andrea Sorrentino has a real talent for capturing action in a unique and refreshing way. This guy should get more work on action heavy titles from the major publishers.

In the end, the Jeff Lemire run was a disappointment for me, especially after I heard people rave about it for a few years.

While it sounds like I’m being hard on this, it isn’t terrible. It’s decent, for sure, but it’s hardly as iconic as the hardcore Lemire fans claim.

Rating: 6.5/10
Pairs well with: The other story arcs in the Jeff Lemire run on Green Arrow.

Comic Review: Green Arrow: The Outsiders War

Published: November 6th, 2013 – May 7th, 2014
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino

DC Comics, 157 Pages

Review:

This is the biggest story arc in Jeff Lemire’s run on Green Arrow.

This was also pretty damn intense. But as Lemire’s run on the title rolls on, I have developed a love/hate relationship with it.

For one, I’m not entirely sure of why this version of Oliver Queen lives in Seattle as opposed to Star City and it’s never really been explained within Lemire’s stories. It’s a weird setting for a DC title and maybe trying to ground this in some sort of gritty reality is why they use a real world city but Seattle is hardly some dark and gritty metropolis like Star City has been in the past.

Also, this started bringing in characters and concepts from the TV show Arrow. I’m not sure if that’s because this came out just after the show started and was at its height in popularity but the comic doesn’t need to follow the show or be a comic book version of the show. That show is its own thing and what works on TV isn’t always what works in comics, and vice versa. This is why the show has changed some things but Lemire’s run is adopting some of those changes and characters. But it is also an attempt to make this more accessible to the fans that have only watched the TV series.

The stuff between Oliver and Komodo is really good though. I like the Komodo character, what he represents and how he’s completely altered the course of Oliver’s life.

I like the mystical elements of the story, as well, and it reminds me of old school Iron Fist comics in a lot of ways.

The best thing about Lemire’s run on Green Arrow isn’t Lemire though, at least not for me. The best thing is the art. Andrea Sorrentino has such a unique and incredible style that it breathes more life into these tales. His ability to showcase action in new and exciting ways is really refreshing.

All in all, this is fun if you are a fan of the character, whether through the comics or just from the television series.

Rating: 7.75/10
Pairs well with: The other story arcs in the Jeff Lemire run on Green Arrow.

Comic Review: Green Arrow: The Kill Machine

Published: February 6th, 2013 – June 5th, 2013
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo

DC Comics, 115 Pages

Review:

I like the stuff I’ve read from Jeff Lemire and considering that I have heard good things about his run on Green Arrow, I figured that I should check it out.

What stands out most about this is that it has a vibe closer to the show Arrow. This is dark, gritty and much harder than a typical Green Arrow story. I guess gritty reboots are all the rage the last decade or so but for a character that is dealing with street level crime, it fits the character of Oliver Queen a.k.a. the Green Arrow.

This is also the first Green Arrow arc that I have read within The New 52 era of DC Comics. I kind of checked out for a bit before this, as I was growing tiresome of DC always doing soft reboots of their universe. But since this is one of my favorite characters, written by one of my favorite modern writers, I needed to give it a shot.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed and this arc set up the rest of Lemire’s run nicely.

We are introduced to the villain Komodo, who has gone on to be featured in the TV show, as well as a new group called The Outsiders. They are very different from the group that used to hang out with Batman in the ’80s. This Outsiders group is an ancient organization that Ollie’s father was a part of.

As this story unfolds, Ollie learns about his father’s big secret and must continue down a dark path, trying to understand this organization and his father’s secret legacy within it.

All the fights between Oliver and Komodo are really well done and Komodo feels like a pretty formidable opponent. I love stories like this where Oliver is pushed to his limits and has to rely on his gut and an almost primal sense of survival to best his foes.

Lemire did a really superb job with the writing and at generating interest to keep the reader invested going into the next arc.

I also enjoyed Andrea Sorrentino’s art. It really gave this story a dark feel that complimented the tone of the plot and was a good departure from the standard look of the Green Arrow comics before The New 52.

Rating: 8.5/10
Pairs well with: The other story arcs in the Jeff Lemire run on Green Arrow.