Green Arrow #23.1



Comic series


Release date

September 4, 2013
4 out of 5 stars
Overall this is a very strong issue, providing insight into Count Vertigo’s motivations and tragic past, setting him up to be a threatening villain for Green Arrow. Rather than feeling out of place on in the Green Arrow series, this instead is a very relevant issue, contributing nicely to the current story which Lemire and Sorrentino are crafting on Green Arrow. If you aren’t sold on Count Vertigo as being a serious villain, then this issue could finally convince you that he isn’t a joke of a character.
The book is superbly drawn by Andrea Sorrentino with a dark, sketch like style it evokes the emotional response one would expect when reminiscing over the Count’s hard upbringing. Sorrentino & Maiolo also take on this 3D cover, which out of all the villains covers this month, is the most appropriate, given the fact Count Vertigo makes you lose your equilibrium. You can almost feel him emanate through this cover. It’s no surprise why Count Vertigo is one of Green Arrow’s deadliest villains.
4 out of 5 stars
Before Lemire, Sorrentino and company got their hands on Count Vertigo he was a B-lister at best. Thanks to this creative team it’s pretty safe to say that Vertigo will soon be joining the ranks of the recognizable A-list villains. Buy this book. You would be wise not to disrespect the Count.
4 out of 5
While there are certain minor instances when his graphic approach is difficult to decipher, for the most part his art is wonderfully paired with Lemire’s story.
Grade: B-
Outstanding artwork from Sorrentino as always, revealing dimensions to Count Vertigo that Lemire doesn’t entirely succeed in capturing in his script.
You know why this issue worked so well? Because it made sense in the current story arc of the title, and was produced by the regular writer/artist team of Lemire and Sorrentino. Now many Villains Month books actually seem to be able to stand next to that. As one would expect from the cover, this was a story all about Count Vertigo, and from what I can tell, Lemire is pretty much doing his own thing with the character.
4 out of 5 stars
"Green Arrow" #23.1 is a huge success, and at the end of the day I feel like it's a template for future event tie-in books to follow. Lemire and Sorrentino have kept their book's narrative moving forward, while still providing a story that stands alone on its own right for new readers. Of course, they achieve both of those points while entertaining and engaging their audience. Once you read "Green Arrow" #23.1, just understand that you'll need to read all the other issues by Lemire and Sorrentino, too. Well done.
4 out of 5 stars
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.
8 out of 10
This acts as a proper interlude to the main story arc, with the writer taking the opportunity to flesh out the character and give him a humanity that was lacking in his often goofy Bronze Age origins. Sorrentino’s distinctive art elevates the tale beyond the ordinary, expressing Vertigo’s angst and anger through Marcelo Maiolo’s vivid colors.
I like where Count Vertigo's story is headed, though the tease for issue #24 makes it seem like a detour, rather than the main thrust of his narrative. That said, I may check it out just for more of Sorrentino's gorgeous art.