Monday, June 02, 2014

Booknote: Green Arrow, Volume 4: The Kill Machine

Jeff Lemire. Green Arrow, Volume 4: The Kill Machine. New York: DC Comics, 2014. ISBN: 9781401246907.

This is part of DC's The New 52 series, and for those who keep track, it contains Green Arrow 17-24 and 23.1. You do get quite a bit of story in this compilation. It is written by Jeff Lemire with Andrea Sorrentino doing the art.

In this series, Oliver Queen, a.k.a. as Green Arrow, is cast as a young man. As our series opens, he has lost his fortune and inheritance. As if that was not bad enough, a mysterious and formidable archer wants to kill Oliver, and Oliver has no idea why. It gets deeper from there. It turns that this mysterious archer, known as Komodo, knows Oliver's secrets, which he uses to rob Oliver of his company and wealth. But this is just the start as Oliver discovers that his deceased father kept a lot of secrets, secrets that Oliver now needs to unravel to make things right.

Lemire weaves a fast paced and complex story that takes us back to the beginning of Green Arrow. It begins right in the middle of things, and then it keeps going. This story packs a lot, which can be a plus or a minus. For me, at times, it felt like the author was trying to pack it all. Komodo, the Outsiders, Magus, and Count Vertigo are a lot of villain for one volume. The Count Vertigo arc of this story seemed a bit tacked on. The overall story could have moved along without that just fine. It felt a bit like some filler to make the story and volume go further.

In terms of appeal, if you like the television show Arrow, you will probably like this. If you have read the Batman and the Court of Owls series, and you want something with a bit of a similar feel, this might do the trick, though the Batman story is much better (here is my review of those if interested).

In the end, I did like it, but I did not really like it, so it gets 3 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure note is where I tell you that I read this as an electronic e-book review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I got in exchange for an honest review, and there has been no compensation. There, we have kept The Man appeased once more. 

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