Green Arrow (2016-) #49
Writers: Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Artist: Javier Fernandez
This issue sees a showdown between the more-powerful-than-ever Count Vertigo and Green Arrow. It’s a highly emotional issue, as Ollie’s recent tragedy of losing Roy (in Tom King’s Heroes In Crisis) is brought into full focus as Count Vertigo demands Roy personally confront him. It’s a dramatic encounter between Ollie and Vertigo, with reality-warping and hard-hitting moments. As an essentially single extended sequence, it’s well-written and manages to be more interesting than a simple hero vs villain punch-up.
Javier Fernandez’ art is brilliant, and is this issue’s greatest strength. With the action centred around mind-bending abilities, this issue was always going to be reliant on the art to convey the effects of Count Vertigo’s abilities, and Fernandez does a great job. Every page is packed with excellently rendered twisted buildings and trippy visuals, the scope of Vertigo’s full power clearly illustrated by the world turning upside down, or the bright green lights and shadows playing around him. There is one especially great moment where Kelly, Lanzing and Fernandez have fun with altered perspective that feels like it could have been taken straight from something like Inception. There are a couple of slightly off facial expressions, but for the most part Fernandez captures the drama of the major moments of the issue, expertly portraying the character’s feelings, not just through face, but through body language too.
Emotional and hard hitting moments are accompanied by trippy visuals in a great Green Arrow issue.