Taking on a tone that looks to be somewhat closer to the hit CW Television series Arrow than the high-tech super-spy stuff we've seen since the launch of the New 52, Jeff Lemire announced this morning on his blog that he and former I, Vampire artist Andrea Sorrentino will be taking over DC Entertainment's Green Arrow with issue #17 in February 2013.
This isn't the first time the creative team on Green Arrow has changed recently. One of the only DC Comics titles to keep its pre-Flashpoint writer following the New 52 relaunch last year, J.T. Krul lasted only a few issues on the series before he left and handed the reins over to artist Dan Jurgens, who co-wrote the series with Keith Giffen until the pair departed for Superman and were replaced by Ann Nocenti. Former Green Arrow writer Judd Winick has also chipped in.
Lemire has been a one-man hit machine for DC since the line-wide relaunch. His Animal Man has been critically acclaimed and sold better than almost anyone expected, while his run on Justice League Dark has been a fan-favorite, after a shaky start under former writer Peter Milligan. Lemire told fans via Twitter today that he will remain on both of those comics "for the long haul."
He encouraged fans to watch the DC blog for more details later today, but teased, "Have looooong term plans for Ollie. Big new mythology, new villains. And
@And_Sorrentino has raised his game big time. His career best work."
It's hard not to imagine that mythology may be tied into Team 7 and Deathstroke, given the prominence of the long-term DC villain in the Arrow TV series and rumors that Deathstroke's own title may be on the chopping block at DC following its own second major creative change recently.
DC hinted at New York Comic Con that there were big plans for Green Arrow in 2013, presumably aware that a faltering comic book title at the same time the TV series was working so well was exactly the opposite of what they needed. The character will also appear