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Green Arrow #24 - Dissonance Review

5

Count Vertigo goes on a rampage in Seattle and says he won't stop until Green Arrow confronts him.

The Good

And the award for my favorite DC book goes to...

That's not hyperbole at all, people. Since taking over on issue #17, the team of Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo have transformed GREEN ARROW into a series that deserves every single penny of its cover price and then some. In the event you were unfortunate enough to miss out on #17 through #23 (and Count Vertigo's Villains Month issue), I strongly recommend you pick up #24. This issue is obviously intended to serve as a great spot for new readers to hop on and does a more than able job doing so.

In an effort to appeal to both new and old readers, Lemire quickly rushes through all of the backstory in just the opening splash page. It's all kinds of redundant if you've been reading along, but the artwork makes it worthwhile. And, if you're new, it's certainly an attention grabber and a solid example of the art and sense of adventure that you're diving into. From there, it's applause-worthy how the narrative juggles the beginning of one story and the apparent end of another. Without spoiling anything, the confrontation with Vertigo just oozes villainy and is a remarkable read. The return of Richard Dragon is seriously badass and they're doing a tremendous job incorporating him without taking away from all of the other hectic events taking place. Lastly, there's a surprise cameo which is sure to appeal to fans of the show and the "next month" blurb is sure to get anyone psyched. Lemire has done an absolutely stellar job making this a great read whether you've been following since #17 or just randomly decided to check it out.

Despite opening with a cliche approach, I'm happy to see Lemire isn't forcing the Naomi/Fyff drama too much on us and is instead lightly incorporating it. There's no doubt it'll eventually blow up and result in some serious drama, but for now, there's far more interesting matters going on and it's great to see those are soaking up the vast majority of the pages.

Sorrentino and Maiolo's work never fails to impress. Count Vertigo unleashes so much power in this issue and it's clear they had a blast toying around with all of the craziness that comes with his rampage. There's beautifully bold changes in color and so many moments which left me totally awe-struck and rendered speechless. I honestly lost count of how many times I found myself just totally dumbfounded and staring at all of the details spread across the pages. Sorrentino and Maiolo's artwork is unparalleled and I can't get enough of it.

The Bad

There's one small panel where the coloring and shading are noticeably different (when Shado punches Ollie). It's not bad, but the difference stands out and I couldn't help but be distracted by it.

The Verdict

You know how I've been constantly praising this title? Well, now it's time for you to see why. GREEN ARROW #24 is clearly constructed as a jumping on point, yet it still comes off feeling like an epic finale while successfully building-up something much bigger. There's plenty of hype to be found as a new character enters the fray and the spotlight is given to a character who was previously teased. Additionally, this issue is a prime example of why I love Sorrentino/Maiolo's artwork. In spite of a fair amount of the content being dark or tragic, I couldn't help but smile at how impressive the visuals were. Buy this issue. Like, right now.

24 Comments
Edited by MadeinBangladesh

my store diddnt have this.. Im sooo mad!!!

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

I like Green Arrow but this cover art looks like something out of a bad eighties Action film

Edited by Xwraith

Has it really been eight months since I started reading this?

@thecheesestabber I actually like the "movie poster" style cover.

Posted by RedhoodFlashLantern

@thecheesestabber: your crazy that cover is beautiful and this is def one of DC's Top books

Edited by wade_wilson22

Really? The younger Green Arrow has gotten a lot of people either really excited or really upset. Some people are just bitter that their favorite character got turned into a youngin'.

Posted by comicbookfan93

The art is worth the price alone but I'm loving the story, this is fast becoming my favourite DC book

Posted by manwithoutshame

This issue was a work of art. Lemire and Sorrentino are one of the best teams in comics right now. 5/5

Edited by CheeseSticks

This is the best book DC has right now. Sorrentino art is gorgeous (especially the Count scene) and Lemire put so much text, character development and action. The fight scenes are perfect.

It's an amazing title!

Edited by tikhunt

Haven't picked this up yet but I adore that cover.

Posted by tikhunt

@xwraith said:

Has it really been eight months since I started reading this.

@thecheesestabber I actually like the "movie poster" style cover.

And holy Cow it has :O

Posted by bladewolf

AMAZING issue, IMHO the best single issue I've read in the last year. As a Green Arrow fan, I'm very, very happy that he's got such a great creative team on board. I hope Lemire, Sorrentino, and Maiolo stay on the book for at least another 3 years!

Posted by batmannflash

Green Arrow continues to be simply amazing

Posted by Wolverine08
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Edited by longbowhunter

With so many big players making themselves known in Seattle you know something big is coming. This issue felt like a pressure cooker. I like how Richard Dragon sees an opponents weaknesses at first glance. Makes it more believable when he makes quick work of Shado. I was decidedly more skeptical about Ollie's takedown of Vertigo though. A single punch and the Count goes down? Either he's got a glass jaw or that thing in his head has made him so overconfident he didn't see that coming. Either way I wanted to see more of a brawl. Count Vertigo should have left the scene on a stretcher.

Posted by HollowPrince65

The art change and the praise of Lemire's first GA issue got me into this and man was it worth it. Definitely one of DC's better books as of right now.

Posted by Jake Fury

Nearly flawless, great issue.

Posted by Ben3000

My pick of the week. Like others I can't believe it's been eight months since I've started reading this series. I believe I'm in the minority when I say I really enjoy a younger Ollie and with the current story line going on. I don't know if you could get away with this story being centered around an older and much more experienced Oliver Queen. This book has been my favorite DC Comics title and it makes me proud to be a Green Arrow fan.

Posted by Spidey_82

I, too, had a problem with part of the book mentioned in the review, but it wasn't the coloring. The stars over Ollie's head really stood out and seemed too cartoonish for this kind of book. I assume it was added in post-production by the editors.

Otherwise, a very strong issue and the only ongoing series I read nowadays.

Posted by lifeboy

@spidey_82: @madeinbangladesh: this comic sucked. I would have given it 3 of 5. You didn't miss much.

Spidy_82, I liked the stars over ollies head. It made me laugh. I looked at it and hoped there would have been birds also. i enjoyed seeing shado knock GA out and try to take on his mission. From the stars until richard showed up was the best part for me.

@longbowhunter I agree that fight with vertigo and GA was not good. It would have been better if vertigo targets ollie and forgets about the police officer who then comes from behind and knocks his ass out. But I disagree with you on the fight between Shado and Richard. Both fights were not very well done. Shado who looks like she is herself a martial artist should have had a better fight with Richard. She would have lost but it would have been good to see how much heart she has for her fans to see because many of us already have become attached to her.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@lifeboy said:

@spidey_82: @madeinbangladesh: this comic sucked. I would have given it 3 of 5. You didn't miss much.

Spidy_82, I liked the stars over ollies head. It made me laugh. I looked at it and hoped there would have been birds also. i enjoyed seeing shado knock GA out and try to take on his mission. From the stars until richard showed up was the best part for me.

@longbowhunter I agree that fight with vertigo and GA was not good. It would have been better if vertigo targets ollie and forgets about the police officer who then comes from behind and knocks his ass out. But I disagree with you on the fight between Shado and Richard. Both fights were not very well done. Shado who looks like she is herself a martial artist should have had a better fight with Richard. She would have lost but it would have been good to see how much heart she has for her fans to see because many of us already have become attached to her.

why do you think it sucked? I read it, It was great. Green Arrow is one of the best DC title IMO

Edited by lifeboy

@madeinbangladesh: I didn't think it was good because the fights felt rushed. Both the arrow/ vertigo and the shado/ richard. The arrow/ vertigo, alright, I guess worked that he defeated him quick but the one punch he gave him was not acceptable for me. As for the shado/ tiger fight, I was really wanting to see a better fight. Shado trying to help ollie by hunting vertigo was so compellling to me itwas such a shame richards appearnce ruined it for me. Then to make it worst, he beats her to fast. Its not what I wanted to see espesially since shado has become a favorite of mine.

No way was this 5 stars. What do you think?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@lifeboy said:

@madeinbangladesh: I didn't think it was good because the fights felt rushed. Both the arrow/ vertigo and the shado/ richard. The arrow/ vertigo, alright, I guess worked that he defeated him quick but the one punch he gave him was not acceptable for me. As for the shado/ tiger fight, I was really wanting to see a better fight. Shado trying to help ollie by hunting vertigo was so compellling to me itwas such a shame richards appearnce ruined it for me. Then to make it worst, he beats her to fast. Its not what I wanted to see espesially since shado has become a favorite of mine.

No way was this 5 stars. What do you think?

I liked it. I don't care much about battles and fights. If I just want a n enjoyable story and comeplling plot and characters. I would give it 4 stars. Not good as the previous issues, but I still enjoyed it. Also the art plays a big role for making this one of my favorite titles.