This is it, folks: the final issue of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Green Arrow run. Last month was the wrap-up for their major storyline, bringing their run to a close in the present. However, they produced one last issue that acts as a tie-in to Futures End, which Lemire is co-writing, for DC’s special month. How does true finale for their run end? Is it good?
Green Arrow: Futures End #1 (DC Comics)
Taking place right before Futures End #1, Emiko (now Green Arrow) and Namoi Singh (now Dart) return back to the Arrow Cave to find a beaten and bruised Oliver Queen. Apparently he’s been gone for weeks now and has a mysterious green pyramid-shaped object that needs to go Lois Lane. He’s planning something big that may be the end of him…
Hey! That looks strangely familiar.
This final issue is essentially just a tie-in to Futures End and nothing more, like I thought. It pretty much explains and gives background to a few of the plotlines in Futures End. As such, this issue may not work for people who are not reading that weekly series. On the other hand, it does serve as a decent enough coda for the run, seeing where almost all of the characters are in the future and what happened to them. Fans of the run will probably still get something out of the comic at least on that front.
But regardless, how was the story? I gotta say, as both a fan of Lemire’s Green Arrow run and someone who is reading Futures End, this was an excellent issue. The story was great and really well put together, with its own set of twists and turns in it that I just loved. The characterization was on point for everyone and it was interesting to see them all here again, Oynx included. Guess she and Katana buried the hatchet after she chopped her hands off.
She and Damian Wayne really need to team up together, just once.
Lemire’s writing was stellar. The pacing was strong, never once feeling too quick or too slow, and always kept the story going. The characterization and development was also strong, making sense as it showed what these characters developed into. The dialogue was solid and had a lot of good lines, with some decent emotion to it. The ending was great to and has renewed my interest more than ever in what’s going on in Futures End. Can’t wait to see it all come to a head in the coming issues.
Of course, Sorrentino’s artwork was incredible. It’s a shame we won’t be getting more of it in the coming months, honestly. While there wasn’t anything super clever with the layouts in previous issues (we’ve been spoiled by this artist), the layout work is still fantastic and everything flows so well. The characters are great and memorable, Deathstroke especially, and the minor bit of action we get to see looks great. The coloring is fantastic looking as well, but that is also expected. There’s nothing left to say. This entire art team delivers once again and its a shame seeing them go.
Foot to the face!
Is It Good?
Green Arrow: Futures End #1 is a great tie-in to Futures End and also sad farewell for this book’s creative team. Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino truly made something special in their run with the character that I hope is remembered for a long time. I wish the best of luck to the next creative team for this book. They have their work cut out for them.