I review Green Arrow #23.1 – Count Vertigo, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino published by DC Comics.
GREEN ARROW #23.1 – COUNT VERTIGO
Story: Jeff Lemire | Art: Andrea Sorrentino | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $2.99 (2D Cover) $3.99 (3D Cover)
Get set for the twisted origin of Count Vertigo! Why is the Count in Vancouver on the hunt for Green Arrow, and what could have happened to make him such a sadistic adversary?
If you’ve been following this blog for a while now then you’ll no doubt know that Green Arrow is one of my favourite series, if not my favourite series at DC Comics right now. There was no way in hell I was going to miss this Count Vertigo issue, especially as Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino are still on the title, and I do believe they’re one of the few creative teams that get to remain on their book without any changes/additions.
First off, all covers by Andrea Sorrentino are awesome and Count Vertigo is no different. I love the 3D motion cover again here, much like with Batman #23.1 – and It’s really starting to win me over. The interior artwork impresses as well, and I think this issue really cements Andrea Sorrentino’s place among my Top 5 artists in comics at the moment, along with Francesco Francavilla, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo & the fifth artist I’m currently not decided on. Esad Ribic is a strong contender, but so is Lemire himself, who currently ranks on my writers list as well. There’s also Tony S. Daniel, whose art I find to be incredible (story less so). There are so many awesome pages within Green Arrow #23.1 and I love how Sorrentino really enhances the book. He’s improving with every issue and this may be one of his best yet. I really can’t wait to see what #24 looks like – especially as it looks like the Count is headed to Seattle as well.
The storyline is pretty intense. Unlike Batman #23.1, where we didn’t get an origin for the Joker, we do get an origin of sorts for Count Vertigo. It provides a nice background for the character in the current Green Arrow series and will give fans of Arrow a better idea of his comic counterpart. Lemire shows that he can handle the character really well and is adapt at doing some many great things with this series, and I really wish that I would love to see his and Andrea Sorrentino’s run on this series last as long as Geoff Johns did on Green Lantern – if not longer. That would be epic, as Lemire really is crafting an incredible extension to the Green Arrow mythology and it won’t be long before I cannot imagine anyone else writing the character. However, I will have to go back and pick up some older Green Arrow books at some point though, I’ve been meaning to get to Year One for a while.
In conclusion, then – Green Arrow #23.1 brings a great origin story to Count Vertigo. I’d label it definitive, but aside from Arrow, I haven’t actually encountered the Count’s origin stories (if he has any) in the pre-New 52, but this book is well worth checking out particularly if you’re a Green Arrow fan who hasn’t been up to date with the series yet. Very stunning both visually and story-wise, Green Arrow #23.1 is a Villain’s Month issue that gains ‘Must Buy’ status from myself. Certainly worth checking out whether you’ve been following the series or not.