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Green Arrow #23 - Shados, Conclusion Review

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Can Green Arrow and Shado escape Count Vertigo and his forces? Plus, Shado's new origin is revealed!

The Good

There's plenty of books out there with talented artists, but to me, GREEN ARROW is the undisputed champion. The last issue literally delivered a mind-blowing panel or two, and this one proves that when it comes to hitting us with truly phenomenal pages, artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo aren't even close to done. Everything looks fantastic and yet again we're treated to even more signature boxes highlighting where arrows tag unlucky individuals. The bold coloring and focus on the injury makes them especially brutal and sometimes even cringeworthy. I didn't think it was possible, but they also created yet another terrific panel illustrating the damage Count Vertigo can dish out. Just like the previous one, it's beautifully twisted.

It's all the good stuff you've come to expect from Sorrentino and Maiolo by now, but they did something particularly brilliant: they made exposition exciting. I don't know about you, but sometimes I groan before a character dives into a back story. It takes you out of the moment and is far too often a totally bland experience -- one which aims to throw as many facts your way in as little time as possible. However, in this issue, the talented duo makes it feel like you're learning the history while looking through an ancient scroll. It still has Sorrentino's signature style, but the emphasis on shading on darker colors makes it an absolutely stunning and unique example of visual storytelling.

As for Jeff Lemire, his script remains strong as usual and there's some great bits of dialogue scattered throughout. Lemire clearly gives the artists plenty of thrilling moments to work with and they don't waste the opportunities one bit. I really dig how he's hugely expanding the Green Arrow universe and it's more than transparent he has some great ideas for Oliver's future. Plus, the reintroduction of a certain character (I won't say who just in case people avoid solicitations) is sure to get some people VERY pumped.

The Bad

The situation between Henry and Naomi is a bit too cliche. I can't blame either of them for having those feelings, but I really hope it doesn't go down a super formulaic road and have him purposely try to screw over Ollie just because he's jealous.

Count Vertigo was easily defeated (and understandably so due to the circumstances), but I seriously hope the guy undergoes an upgrade of some kind. Otherwise, what's stopping Ollie from making short work of him with a single EMP arrow every time?

The Verdict

Alright, it's official: GREEN ARROW has become my favorite DC title. Month after month, Lemire/Sorrentino/Maiolo blow me away. The story moves at a strong pace and is full of excitement, solid dialogue and massive potential. Meanwhile, Sorrentino and Maiolo create pages that leave me speechless. Overall, it's a great looking book with a great writer. What more could you honestly ask for?

29 Comments
Posted by manwithoutshame

the greatness of the Green Arrow continues...

Edited by hausmanjm92

@k4tzm4n Just curious but what title did Green Arrow overthrow to become your new favorite DC book?

Can't wait to read this, Lemire/Sorrentino's run has been consistently great so far.

Posted by Supreme Marvel

For the bad, I had that feeling too. It screams out - 'screw you Ollie'.

I cant wait for more Dragon. So happy he's getting some screen time! About time.

Posted by Justthatkid

She still has the tattoo :)

Edited by 2cool4fun

@k4tzm4n Just curious but what title did Green Arrow overthrow to become your new favorite DC book?

Can't wait to read this, Lemire/Sorrentino's run has been consistently great so far.

issue 17, it`s when they change the creative team, before that it was one of the worst DC books, talk about a 180 :D

Posted by batmannflash

Lemire's run on Green Arrow is amazing

Posted by CrashBang

Lemire is my favourite writer for DC and, since 'I, Vampire' Sorrentino has become my favourite artist, like, ever. This is such a dream team and every issue has me tingling with excitement. Love it.

Posted by Wolverine08

This series has been pure awesome sauce since Lemire tool over the reins.

Posted by blkson

Sorrentino is amazing but I wasn't feeling the art style used for Shadow's flashback. It was experimental, but its was difficult me to see what was happening.

Posted by batmannflash
@blkson said:

Sorrentino is amazing but I wasn't feeling the art style used for Shadow's flashback. It was experimental, but its was difficult me to see what was happening.

Me neither.

However, just a minor issue. Sorrentino's art is still awesome and Lemire's writing is still great

Posted by Squalleon

The true hero of this book is Sorrentino!
People underestimate the effect of a good artist.

Posted by Supreme Marvel

I loved the flashback art. Gave it more of an Asian feel to it. That is one of the best aspect of the direction they're going in for me.

Personally, I had an idea a while back (pre new 52) for Red Robin, which would have had a similar atmosphere to it. Including Richard Dragon in it. But am too lazy.

Edited by Ares94

This book is just perfect. Gritty witheout forgetting the humourous aspect of GA's character. What do I ask for ? More Emiko, but Lemire said there was more of her coming up, in a story full of twists, so it's all fine ! :) Loved the flashback scenes.

Posted by millennium
Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Thank Jeff Lemire and Sorrentino for saving Green Arrow.

Posted by longbowhunter

Jeff Lemire had a banner week. Both Trillium and Green Arrow were excellent! Shado was great in this issue. And I'm really intrigued to uncover more about the different weapon clans. I love how Lemire is expanding Ollie's universe and supporting cast.

Posted by Supreme Marvel

@millennium: As long as he's not a villain, I'm alright with anything.

Posted by Supreme Marvel

I wonder if series with Lemire would have been as good if Sorrentino hadn't been working with him?

Edited by mightyrearranger

Lemire's cool and all, but wtf is he doing to Count Vertigo? smh. :(

Posted by sinestro_GL

Another great addition to the great run!

Posted by DonFelipe
@hausmanjm92 said:

@k4tzm4n Just curious but what title did Green Arrow overthrow to become your new favorite DC book?

Can't wait to read this, Lemire/Sorrentino's run has been consistently great so far.

issue 17, it`s when they change the creative team, before that it was one of the worst DC books, talk about a 180 :D

It's one of the greatest turnarounds in the New 52 thus far! I'm so happy you, k4tzman, convinced me to pick up GA with issue 17. Everything I had read and seen from GA previously to issue 17 was really bad.

@blkson said:

Sorrentino is amazing but I wasn't feeling the art style used for Shadow's flashback. It was experimental, but its was difficult me to see what was happening.

Me neither.

I really like those flashback scenes in Tokyo.

"It was experimental, but its was difficult me to see what was happening."

I think of it as Shado trying to remember the details and picture her memories, or Oliver trying to picture someone else's (Shado's) memories. It's wonderful. I love every single panel Sorrentino is drawing for GA.

Posted by Jake Fury

This series is so good I might shell out the ridiculous $3.99 for the Count Vertigo villain issue.

Posted by Jake Fury

For the bad, I had that feeling too. It screams out - 'screw you Ollie'.

Yeah, I hope it doesn't go down that road.

Edited by Perfect 10

love shado's new look. she is the reason i am back to reading this title. loved her since the introduction of conner hawke back in the day. she is so awesome and they have her being a big part of the arrow tv series. she is quickly taking black canary's place as my fav female warrior (still love you shiva!) as birds of prey has been very lacking

Posted by Dernman

I both love and hate this book. It's quite bothersome to feel both things.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@dernman said:

I both love and hate this book. It's quite bothersome to feel both things.

Ha! Do tell, man.

@supreme_marvel said:

For the bad, I had that feeling too. It screams out - 'screw you Ollie'.

Yeah, I hope it doesn't go down that road.

Well, here's hoping for the best.

Staff
Posted by Dernman

@k4tzm4n: Bear with me. I'm not sure how to explain and it doesn't sound quite right to me.

I'm not usually fond of this type of art but it's been like finding a home you never knew you had for Green Arrow. To me it signifies this generation's Green Arrow. The story to me feels like they took a great, interesting book that was meant for an independent publisher and put DC characters in the place of characters that were already there.

I like the new updated Ollie and he should stay. Some of the world building while good doesn't feel right for Green Arrow. Examples being his father's coincidental past history as a Adventurer Archer, the coincidence of the Green Arrow relic just to name a couple.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@dernman: THERE'S A BEAR WITH YOU? GET OUT OF THERE, MAN!

Sorry, um... anyway.

Yeah, Sorrentino has one heckuva unique style. It was love at first sight for me, but I hear ya if you need time to adjust to me, especially if you feel like the style isn't what you'd expect in a DC/Marvel book.

I can live with those coincidences, but I understand if it's a little too much for you.

Edit: just noticed your profile picture. Awesome.

Staff
Edited by lifeboy

I really like the costume Shado wears. I went back an issue to recap her first appearance and I loved the art of her kneeling on the floor of the dunjeon with her skirt wrapping formed around her and the embroidery of the dragon on it.