The Return Of Count Vertigo In Green Arrow #48

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Count Vertigo has been locked away in Mt. Rainier for some time, and this has given him the opportunity to develop his abilities. While Green Arrow is out trying to suppress a sudden crime spree across Seattle, Count Vertigo breaks out of his cell and begins to wreak havoc. Green Arrow and Black Canary try to contain the ensuing panic before taking on Count Vertigo himself.

Green Arrow #48 cover by Kevin Nowlan
Green Arrow #48 cover by Kevin Nowlan

Green Arrow #48 marks the return of the classic Arrow villain, Count Vertigo. He’s back and more powerful than ever. He’s also taking his title more seriously than ever, too.

Much of the backdrop of this comic is how shaken Ollie is after recent events, from Emiko leaving, to his struggles with the Citizen and Amanda Waller, to the loss of Roy. Black Canary is trying to get Ollie to open up some, but he’s opting to redouble his efforts as Green Arrow instead.

There is also a new character, named Jayce Riot, who is quite good at pushing Oliver’s buttons. She’s discontent and raising hell in Seattle, but she’s also genuinely trying to help people and make the city a better place. She also calls Green Arrow out on his hypocrisies. Frankly, I like her and hope interesting things are done with the character.

Green Arrow #48 art by Javier Fernandez, John Kalisz, and letterer Deron Bennett
Green Arrow #48 art by Javier Fernandez, John Kalisz, and letterer Deron Bennett

Javier Fernandez does excellent work on the art side of things. This is a damn good looking comic. The action scenes look impeccable, and the surrealist imagery generated by Vertigo is imaginative and trippy. Ollie and Dinah both look as badass as ever, and the color work of John Kalisz gives it the feel of an energetic modern crime thriller with city lights gleaming off the green of Ollie’s suit.

Green Arrow #48 kicks off the return of Count Vertigo with a bang. Ollie’s old foe comes back at a low point in Green Arrow’s life and while Seattle is in disarray. It’s a well-paced and interesting first issue that aims to keep the interior conflicts of its main characters in view. It’s a good read and easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.

Green Arrow #48 comes to us from writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, artist Javier Fernandez, color artist John Kalisz, letterer Deron Bennett, cover artist Kevin Nowlan, and variant cover artist Kaare Andrews.

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