So, like many people this week, I started reading Green Arrow, as Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's first issue was finally released, and well... it's pretty great.
Green Arrow #17
Green Arrow is a character I've been interested in for a bit. I read Krul's series that tied into Brightest Day and thought it was okay, but everything in the New 52 seemed... bad. Then Arrow happened, and for whatever problems it has, I find it enjoyable for all its ridiculous shit, so my interest was renewed, then this came around and all was well. You've probably read near universal praise for this issue in the time between Wednesday and now, praise which is well deserved. This feels like a brand new #1 (I think they should have relaunched it as such) and really delivers on everything. From the start the issue hits the ground running and sucks you into a story that one can already tell is going to be great. On the art side of things, I was really interested to see how Sorrentino's art would translate to more of a traditional super hero premise, and he definitely proved himself in that department. The color was a little jarring though. I feel like Sorrentino wanted to experiment a bit with coloring his own stuff, and the first few pages of it come off a bit basic (like multiply layer in photoshop basic, I took some black and whites and did rough recreations of them) but as the issue progressed, Sorrentino did some interesting things with the color and how it was used, I hope some of those concepts carry over to when Maiolo jumps on next issue. So, in conclusion, add me to the group of people totally won over by this issue.
The Phantom Stranger #5
So this was a Spectre vs. Phantom Stranger throwdown, with a little Question sprinkled in for good measure. I enjoyed this issue, and have to say J.M. DeMatteis scripting this book has really improved it a great deal... and then God shows up as a scottish terrier and this instantly came to mind...