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Green Arrow #23.1 - Momma's Boy Review


Count Vertigo heads to Vancouver before going after Green Arrow, but why is he there and what does it reveal about his past?

The Good

Okay, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo need to ease up because they're starting to make other books look bad. Seriously, this is the third time in a row or so where they've presented at least one panel which grabs my attention and just refuses to let go. The entire book looks solid (as usual), throwing us into a gorgeously detailed yet grim world which is filled with more than a handful of standout pages.

The unique visual style does a superb job fitting the much more depressing and dark vibe of this issue. They're able to convey Vertigo's rage exceptionally well in a few key moments, yet they can also create a calm setting as a helicopter approaches a long abandoned facility surrounded by tall grass and mountains. It's a rare moment to appreciate a rather peaceful setting in an issue which is anything but soothing.

Jeff Lemire provides an interesting way to tell the Count's origin story and does humanize the villain to some degree. The tale goes to show that a little bit of power (okay, a lot of bit) can give anyone a much needed confidence boost and even go straight to their head. We're hit with flashbacks as Vertigo essentially makes a stop before heading to Seattle, but the rewinds in time never feel forced or abrupt. They're implemented well and help us jump into the guy's shoes as we discover why he's making this stop. Even though the story takes some familiar strides and doesn't really make him particularly compelling, it's still very well-written.

The Bad

I don't have any big complaints about the issue, but this is a story which definitely draws from familiar elements and hits us with a few predictable strides. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it prevented me from really loving the narrative.

Minor gripe: it only happens twice, but the helicopter's blades are lacking any sense of motion.

The Verdict

Sorrentino and Maiolo once again create a stellar looking issue with a few brilliantly cinematic moments, but that should come as no surprise by now if you've been following the title. Meanwhile, Lemire is able to present a fairly engaging and somewhat emotional story for Oliver's enemy, even if it doesn't make him stand out all that much. Additionally, it doesn't force us out of what's going on in the book or feel like a self-contained one-shot. Instead, it reads like another chapter in the story, just told from the opposite side this time around.

Lemire, Sorrentino and Maiolo are without question the best thing to happen to Oliver in The New 52 and continue to deliver. I can't wait for the next issue. Okay, I can, but seeing as the book is so good, I'd prefer not to.

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Edited by tikhunt

Picking this up tomorrow.

Posted by HollowPrince65

This issue actually made me feel bad for Count

Edited by longbowhunter

Here's a little personal information about myself. I despise my Mother. After reading this issue I think I had something of an epiphany. If ever given superpowers I would definitely be a villain. I thought this issue was great. And yeah, we do see some cliche tropes. This is the first of the Villains Month issues that I've read and I'm willing to bet many will have similar hard knock stories.

Edited by RaggedScarecrow

My LCS sold out of this book within an hour of it hitting the shelves, which is a shame because I was going to buy it.

And you're right @longbowhunter, the Joker one and the Poison Ivy one both depict characters in/viewing abusive relationships.

Posted by longbowhunter

@raggedscarecrow: Yeah it's an easy way to paint a villain in a sympathetic light.

Posted by Xwraith

@tikhunt: I am too.

Normally I'd pick it up today, but the deliveries at my comic shop were late.

Posted by tikhunt

@xwraith: I had college yesterday (In England so now it's early morning) so I couldn't make it there ):

Posted by Jake Fury

This book was already going for $10 at my shop. I SHALL PASS! (and wait on the 2D cover)

Posted by manwithoutshame

@jake_fury: can't believe they're marking it up on the day of sale, that sucks.

Also, this issue was great. Count Vertigo is a force to be reckoned with.

Posted by Jake Fury

@manwithoutshame: The Joker issue was $12.99. I am going to get the 2D version when it ships.

Posted by longbowhunter

@jake_fury: Good lord, $13?!? I had the Joker issue in my pull and I stuck it back on the shelf after reading the review here.

Edited by Jake Fury

@jake_fury: Good lord, $13?!? I had the Joker issue in my pull and I stuck it back on the shelf after reading the review here.

Yep, at my shop it was the highest priced one!

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@jake_fury: Good lord, $13?!? I had the Joker issue in my pull and I stuck it back on the shelf after reading the review here.

I did the same thing.

I LOVED THIS ISSUE. I want Count Vertigo to win now.

Posted by DecoyElite

This book was already going for $10 at my shop. I SHALL PASS! (and wait on the 2D cover)

You could get the digital version unless you just can't stand not having a physical copy.

Posted by Jake Fury

@decoyelite: I'll wait for the 2D version, I don't do digital.

Edited by DecoyElite
Edited by longbowhunter

@thefirstlantern: I was a little uneasy about Vertigo once I saw the redesign, but so far he's been great. Can't wait to see more of him in upcoming issues.

Posted by Angelo2113

I really liked this issue. My favorite part may have been the narrative from Vertigo's point of view when his mother was talking to him when he was a child.

Edited by greenarrow41889

i was lucky enough to have green arrow in my pull box and got the 3d cover for face value.

Posted by saoakden

I just read this issue. Just wow, Count Vertigo had a pretty screwed up childhood. Pretty good issue.

So does this issue take place sometime after the events of issue 23?