Green Arrow’s battle with Count Vertigo concludes in this issue.
Despite there being a fight at the core of the story, this is not a heavy battle issue. Not that the fight isn’t a good one. Fernandez does a superb job of rendering the eye bending effects of Count Vertigo’s powers. But what really hits home is the emotion in this story.
Count Vertigo has come to Star City looking for Roy Harper, and by the end of the story has learned about his death.
Vertigo and Roy have been given a past connection here. It’s not fully explained, but it also doesn’t need to be. The emotional core is clear, and both Vertigo and Oliver Queen are suffering in their own ways from Harper’s death.
I have been highly displeased with the negligent way Titans has been dealing with the events of Heroes in Crisis. This book, and the Flash, have done much better jobs at conveying the importance of the deaths in that book, and how they are affecting the other heroes.
The issue even comes with a good twist ending, setting up what will almost certainly be another fight to rip your heart out in issue 50.
An excellent job all around.