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January 10, 2013

DC Shares Some Jeff Lemire Green Arrow Preview Pages

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Some of my earliest comics-reading memories are of buying the big World's Finest issues for $1 in the late '70s/early '80s. A dollar was a lot of money to me as a kid, and I had to be frugal with my comics budget (mostly because my parents loathed comics and didn't particularly want them in the house). World's Finest gave me a chance to get a lot of comics bang for my buck, and it served as my introduction to Green Arrow, a hero who doesn't often get his due but is all kinds of cool.

(He had a social conscience and cared more about the little guy than battling the huge supervillains of the week. He had gadgets and trick arrows, so he was somewhat similar to Batman in a way, but he had to work harder. He was also, at one time, wealthy like Bruce Wayne, but he lost that fortune...and he simply didn't care. He was remarkably tranquil about losing tens of millions of dollars.)

 

The artist I associate most with Green Arrow is Trevor Von Eeden. I loved Trevor's tight pencils and solid lines on the character; they seemed perfectly suited to Oliver's adventures. And that's the image I was reminded of when I saw the preview pages of Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino's Green Arrow, which they take over with issue #17, along with the interview Comicvine did with Jeff. I'm looking forward to this one a lot.