An Atomic Moo Book Review
Okay El Moochadores, Titan Books recently released a new paperback novel that reveals the coming together of some of Oliver Queen’s most dangerous adversaries! Arrow: Vengeance, by Oscar Balderrama and Lauren Certo, tells readers how Slade Wilson escapes Lian Yu to eventually recruit Isabel Rochev and Brother Blood in his quest to destroy the (Green) Arrow! Cue exciting music and read the official synopsis below!
Also a survivor of Lian Yu, Slade Wilson’s ultimate goal is Oliver’s doom, and he recruits Isabel Rochev, whose hatred for the Queens knows no bounds. Brother Blood, while seeking to do what is right, also finds himself inextricably tangled in Wilson’s machinations.
This is the UNTOLD story behind the rise and fall of the Arrow.
Now the Review!
I’m a fan of Green Arrow comics, and I picked up my first issue of Longbow Hunters (by Mike Grell) in the late 80’s. Green Arrow is very much my favorite comic book character, and a few years back I was really excited that they were going to make a television show about GA! Then I learned they were calling it “Arrow.” Okay, that sucked, but I was still on board! To me it seemed like nobody else knew abut Oliver Queen and what a cool character he was. Then the CW started rolling out episodes, and then I remembered how much I hate TV. Their version of GA, just isn’t… right. To me it seemed like hack. As if they were taking the easiest possible route. Almost like the CW producers were trying to mix Christopher Nolan’s Batman with David Hasselhoff’s Knight Rider. Not all was bad though. There were parts of the show I did enjoy. I liked the supporting cast, and if I was a little more motivated (less lazy?), I would totally be stocking
Emily Rickards right now. Also, seeing John Barrowman as Merlyn, was kind of cool, but overall the show seemed to be full of overly dramatized plot lines, pointless action (every one’s a ninja!), and no blond goatee. WTFuck CW?
Okay, so now your wondering why I’m reviewing the show and not the book (Arrow: Vengeance) based on the show, but I am! Sort of… To their credit, the authors wrote a novel that verbally mirrors not only the major events of the first couple of seasons, but also “feel” of the television show, but with way less of a point. Any one who has already seen the show already knows what happens. This book doesn’t reveal too much more that some simple exposition on the CW series already revealed, and what is added is kind of hockey. In particular, I found Slade Wilson’s part of the story kind of annoying. We already know from the TV show that he’s an ultimate badass who gets a boost from the mirakuru, who hates Oliver Queen, but let’s murder his family too and for no reason have him blame GA!
I understand that fans of the show (and I guess that really doesn’t include me any more) will love this book because it tells how Slade got off the island, and later meets up with Isabel Rochev, but to me the story was predictable, and (worst) of no consequence to any of the main characters. Avoid the hack!
You can get your own copy of Arrow: Vengeance at all major book stores, or online at Titan Books!