Review – DC vs Vampires #1
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 27, 2021
DC vs Vampires #1 (1 of 12)
The Justice League has long protected Earth from all manner of foreign and alien invaders over the years, always keeping a vigilant eye to the skies for the next threat. But what if the threat was already walking the Earth…hiding in plain sight…watching…waiting for their moment to strike… In the tradition of DCeased comes a terrifying new series from the twisted minds of James Tynion IV (Nice House on the Lake; Something is Killing the Children), Matthew Rosenberg (The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox; 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank; Hawkeye), and Otto Schmidt that will tear the Justice League apart in their war with the undead!
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
If something works, then milk it to death! After DCeased, we now have the next most popular creature after zombies…it’s vampires!
Pursued for weeks by unknown assailants a mysterious bandaged man turns up at the Hall of Justice. The man, Andrew Bennett, is a vampire and needs to warn the heroes of the JLA of the coming threat. A truce between humankind and vampires has existed for over a hundred years but with the murder of the vampire queen a war might be looming.
Rosenberg and Tynion are adept hands at the event style in comics and this, like DCeased, is a fun romp to guess who is who, and spot the vampires from the humans. We’ll hopefully end up with villains and heroes facing off against their counterparts in two-page spreads. A hero will rise and well-known heroes will fall.
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Schmidt is having fun here as he turns the pages into a gothic fest of bloodsuckers. The artwork is top-notch with the big reveal of the (spoilers) setting a shocking tone that will add to tension moving forward. The flashbacks to the Legion of Doom are dropping in crimson red and provide tension without distracting the reader.
A smart DC would have run this event over Halloween culminating in the finale just in time for the big day itself. The issue is a good start to an Elseworlds comics and the surprises within the first issue will draw in many readers just to see a new spin on their heroes.
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