By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s “Green Arrow” comes to a close in September, with just one more regular issue and a “Future’s End” one-shot to go. It’s a shame, especially because this issue demonstrates how much potential the future had for Lemire and Sorrentino’s take on the character; while this issue isn’t as exciting as some past installments, it’s still an above-average comic overall.
“Green Arrow” #33 shows the battle for Seattle continue — but more importantly, flashes back to four years earlier when Ollie wasn’t being Green Arrow, with Diggle taking his place. It’s perfect contrast to the present day, both with Diggle being captured as well as Emiko trying to become the new Green Arrow. Watching Lemire show Ollie’s mental state the last time that there was a new Green Arrow puts his reactions to Emiko in context; this isn’t just a way to fill out pages, it’s part of a larger and thematic approach to the character.
The story itself is solid too, with Ollie hunting down Richard Dragon while the entire supporting cast gets pulled into the whirlwind. There’s a nice level of danger and drama here, doubly so now that we know that Lemire and Sorrentino are on their way out, and that means that theoretically no characters are safe. Lemire throws in a couple of great moments too, from the trick arrow jokes, to the, “So this is the same psycho kid who…?” exchange. Emiko’s so wonderfully earnest in her attempt to become Green Arrow that it makes me more than a little sad that we won’t see too much more of Lemire writing this strange and intense child.
Sorrentino’s art looks good as ever. Simply due to the story, we don’t get some of Sorrentino’s grander and more expansive artistic feats this moth, but it’s also a reminder that he doesn’t need them in order to draw a good looking comic. Strip out the elaborate page structures or the attack of the thousands of little panels, and you know what you end up with? Expressive looking characters, excellently rendered backgrounds, and sharp action sequences that move really well from one panel to the next. Sorrentino’s a class act and this issue is no exception.
“Green Arrow” #33 is fun, and I’m sad to see Lemire and Sorrentino go. I’m keeping an open mind for the new creative team and I hope that they do well. But the pair that’s on the book right now has been doing something special. If DC decided to release a hardcover omnibus of their entire run on the title together, I know I’d buy it. I doubt I’d be alone.