For months I’ve mentioned the impending creative team switch on Green Arrow to Ann Nocenti and Harvey Tolibao. Now, after a long wait, it’s finally here and a mix of excitement and dread washes over me: this is GA’s 3rd creative team in only seven issues…can the series survive this many changes? Well Nocenti and Tolibao remain for the long haul? And even if they do, are they the right team for the job? All these questions and more plagued me as I dived into this most recent release featuring my favorite superhero.
Green Arrow #7 kicks off with a very bored and lonely Oliver Queen who muses about his current place in life. His thoughts are interrupted by three gorgeous triplets who attack him with arrow technology before stopping to announce they are his “biggest fans” and want to work for his company. Queen returns to his office and, almost on a whim, decides to quit his position at Queen Industries and head off on a world tour with the triplets who collectively call themselves Skylark. At first things seem to be going great with these lovely ladies but, as always, there are secrets lurking beneath their attractive exteriors.
Ann Nocenti really nails Green Arrow in this issue: the wise-cracking, carefree Ollie with a desire to do good and help the world is back with a vengeance. For the first time in the New 52, this really feels like Green Arrow. I also love how Nocenti characterizes Skylark and I’m very interested in the plans of their elusive father. There’s really nothing I can complain about in this issue, though I’m sure the sex scene involving Green Arrow and Skylark will get some flak (but note that this one is penned by a woman! It isn’t just men who put such things into their stories). Overall, Nocenti does an amazing job and I’m really excited to see what else she has in store.
Harvey Tolibao’s art fits well with Nocenti’s stellar writing. The style is still a tad gritty like previous issues, but at the same time there is much more flow throughout the pages. Some of the scenes are downright beautiful, such as the first fight scene with Skylark. I also feel like Tolibao does the best justice to GA’s new appearance. Like the writing, I’ve got no complaints where the art is concerned.
Green Arrow #7 is a great title and is a must for any comic fan in my opinion. There’s action, romance, suspense, and humor all pieced together in a way that coalesces naturally. I’m really liking this new creative team and I have high hopes that they can live up to (and maybe even exceed) the high standard set by this issue. Given the way this title transitions, it easy for new readers to join in so if you’re afraid of continuity don’t worry: there’s never been a better time to become a Green Arrow fan!
Brett Simon is a twenty-two year old comic enthusiast. He’s wondering if GA can only get women whose names refer to birds in some way.
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