Werner Vertigo (New Earth)

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Mainstream Universe‎‎, 1950s-2011‎

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Real Name

Werner Vertigo

Main Alias

Count Vertigo

Other Aliases

White Knight


Checkmate, Injustice Society Suicide Squad, formerly Secret Society of Super Villains





Secret Identity



Marital Status



Government Agent, formerly Professional Criminal












Earth-One · New Earth


Gerry Conway · Trevor von Eeden

First Appearance
World’s Finest #251
(July, 1978)
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Count Werner Vertigo, a scion of the Vlatavan imperial kin, became a villain with a extra implant that could disorientate opponents. Though primitively fighting Black Canary and Green Arrow, he late joined the Suicide Squad and Checkmate.


Count Vertigo first appeared in Star City, where he attempted to steal back the jewels his parents had sold when they escaped to England after the war. The victim of a familial inner ear defect that affected his balance, Vertigo had a small electronic device implanted in his right temple that compensated this problem. Tinkering with the device, Vertigo learned he was able to affect other people ‘s balance deoxyadenosine monophosphate well, distorting their perceptions so that they literally could not tell up from down, an effect known as dizziness. This would bring him in conflict with the heroes Green Arrow and Black Canary .

Suicide Squad

He would late come to join the Suicide Squad in substitution for a cut prison prison term, and it was revealed that he was plagued by bipolar disorder. After the Suicide Squad disbanded for the beginning time, Count Vertigo was captured by Vlatavan rebels, who wished to use his powers to overthrow the current Vlatavan politics. They used a variety show of drugs on him, each with a differing effect on the Count, as he would for case on the spur of the moment see himself as an Angel of Vengeance, sent to wreak havoc on the stream rulers. Although he largely believed himself master of his own will, his temper swings were completely discipline to his captors. He was captured by Poison Ivy when the Suicide Squad came in and resolved the dispute and Kaligari ( then-ruler of Vlatava ) was murdered. Count Vertigo was Poison Ivy ‘s slave for a long time period of time, during which he grew to hate Poison Ivy and frequently threatened to kill her when he was rid of her see. Amanda Waller was able to barren Vertigo of her control so that he could stop a group of missiles hitting Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem at the behest of the villain Kobra. Vertigo succeeded, and it turned out that as he went into rehab and expunged the chemicals that had been pumped into his body by both Ivy and the rebels, that he was unwittingly cured of the disorder that had plagued him for so long. This was something he found difficult to deal with and he approached Deadshot, one of his teammates, hoping that Deadshot would be uncoerced to end his liveliness. In the meanwhile, he was besides approached by members of the Vlatavan government, who sought to see Count Vertigo reclaim his true place as ruler. He declined, stating that he was not fit to rule at this sharpen, as he was not even sure if he wanted to live or die. Although willing, Deadshot warned him to think it through, because Deadshot would not hesitate, and Vertigo had better be indisputable this is what he wanted. The play subplot would ultimately culminate in the final pages of the beginning volume of the Suicide Squad, in which Deadshot and Vertigo stood across one another, Deadshot ready to kill him. Count Vertigo realized that this was ultimately an indirect suicide, and that would ruin his chances for the afterlife. Deciding for now that he would deal with the disease that now indirectly plagued him, he walked away from the duel. Vertigo besides resolved his stew with Poison Ivy. During the War of the Gods crossover voter, he was perfectly will to let her die when he found her abandoned on an Amazonian island. still, Ivy was saved, and Count Vertigo would by and by reluctantly work aboard her in the Suicide Squad, leaving their grudge be .

The destruction of Vlatava

ultimately, Count Vertigo did return to his fatherland in order to ensure that he would once more become the state ‘s rightful ruler. While his forces were at war with the government ‘s army, the Spectre appeared, and already perturb, was horrified by the thrashing that occurred. In a fit of rage he deemed the integral nation and its inhabitants to be wax of sin and decided to cleanse it, leaving behind only Vlatava ‘s president of the united states at the time and Count Vertigo.

Grudges and a new Injustice Society

Working for the american english government for a while, Count Vertigo finally sought out his old enemy Green Arrow and after the two had a fight, Count Vertigo decided to leave the vendetta behind and focus on more positive prospects, getting his life spinal column on lead. Afterwards he showed up as a member of the new Injustice Society. He still maintains contact with respective government agencies that hire metahumans .

secret Society and One year later

Count Vertigo has been seen among Lex Luthor ‘s ranks in the Secret Society of Super Villains. He was one of the members that Deathstroke summoned to Gotham City to aid Black Mask on his war against Red Hood. Vertigo failed the mission after Batman attacked Hyena with a patch of Vertigo ‘s cape, causing Hyena to turn against him. [ 1 ] He appears “ One class late ” in the revamp Checkmate claim as part of its even vomit as the White Queen ‘s Knight under White Queen Amanda Waller. He is late seen capturing the Rogues responsible for the murder of the Flash, aboard a raw Suicide Squad comprised of Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang ( Owen Mercer ), Plastique, Multiplex and Deadshot.


  • Vertigo Effect: His “Vertigo Effect” has long since been internalized. He uses his power to disrupt his enemies’ balance. Vertigo uses his power to disorient his opponents as well as to disrupt the aim of gunmen, snipers and the like. His ability is also capable of disrupting guidance systems on missiles, vehicles and detection systems of all kind (lasers, cameras, pressure sensitive floor plates, infra-red, thermal and night vision). His effect does not just disrupt balance physically but emotionally too, such as forcing physically stable enemies to experience extreme fear or rage.[2]
  • Flight


  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Being raised in a noble family, Vertigo was trained in classical martial combat and the sports of boxing, He has also been trained in judo and general karate. Upon joining Task Force X and Checkmate, he learned other hand-to-hand combat skills.
  • Fencing
  • Equestrianism


  • Technological Reliability: Count Vertigo had cochlear implants installed as a small child. If his implants are damaged or absorb frequencies too high for them to process, he is unable to use his Vertigo Effect and experiences crippling pain.[3]


  • Magnetic Boots: Count Vertigo also wears magnetic boots with which he can walk walls or ceilings.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Count Vertigo has admitted to being a product of royal inbreeding.[4]


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