DC’s New 52 just launched but we’re already getting confirmation that the writer for Green Arrow, JT Krul, will be ditching Oliver Queen for another hero. Although I was not astonished by Krul’s launch issue, I was still interested in picking up the next issues. Luckily, issues #2-3 will still be penned by him.
In a recent post on his Facebook, JT Krul states:
Hey everyone! Effective as of issue #4, I will no longer be writing Green Arrow. As many of you know, Oliver Queen is one of my favorite characters in the DC Universe, so this decision was not easy to make. Getting the chance to do the fall of Green Arrow and my run during Brightest Day was a dream come true, and I was excited to bring a new yet familiar take on Green Arrow in the new 52. But, I’ve been writing him for a few years now and an opportunity came up that I really wanted to tackle. I had to make a choice. In a way, my decision to leave is more a testament to how incredibly thrilled I am about Captain Atom. I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a project. Working with Freddie Williams is amazing and I really think it’s among my best work at DC to date. It was a tough call – like picking a favorite child.
I can’t talk about my new project just yet, but it perfectly exemplifies what DC is all about with the New 52 – taking the best characters in comics and presenting them in new and exciting ways. The ability to think outside the box, take chances, and tell different kinds of stories is why it’s a great time to be writing for DC Comics.
For sure, I’ll miss Oliver Queen – and working with the likes of Dan Jurgens, George Perez, David Baron, and Dave Wilkins – but I’m sure the Emerald Archer will be in good hands for more globe-trotting, James Bond, high adventures.
And, at the very least, I got to include my version of the boxing-glove arrow.
According to CBR, starting with December's issue #4, the adventures of Oliver Queen will be penned by Keith Giffen along with current series artist Dan Jurgens. Will I pick up Captain Atom? Probably not. I am however, looking forward in continuing collecting Green Arrow and see where Keith Giffen will take him. Hopefully, the following issues will introduce us a bit more of Oliver Queen's background.
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