Review: DC vs. Vampires #7
The vampires have won the battle but the war is just beginning. After two one-shots, DC vs. Vampires is back with DC vs. Vampires #7. While the series is about halfway through, it’s an interesting issue in that it still works as a starting point for new readers looking to hop on. And you should if you haven’t been reading the series and missing out on all of the action.
James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg have dropped the paranoia focusing on the battered and shattered heroes. The vampires have dominated blocking out the sun and possible herding humans into camps. What are the priorities of the remaining heroes? That’s where the issue gets really interesting. Where before we had to guess who was on which side, we now know where the lines are drawn and who remains. It’s an interesting mix of individuals whose personalities are all on full display, for good and bad. It’s also interesting as I found myself as the reader debating which is the best course of action. Resources and individuals are limited and let’s face it, things aren’t going well. This is an issue where things look gloomy and throws out there is no right and absolute answers.
Otto Schmidt continues to nail it as far as the art. With lettering by Tom Napolitano the series does a great job of balancing its superhero roots and its horror genre. Two-page spreads deliver epic action while an up close panel shows off a shocking event. The comic also does an excellent job of balancing the darkness of the world with it having to be able to be seen. The use of yellow, red, orange, and black deliver a darkened world but not a blacked out one. Napolitano also does an amazing job of packing in a lot of dialogue in scenes without it feeling overwhelming and also delivers that right punch during emotional moments of characters.
DC vs. Vampires #7 does an amazing job of launching the latter half of the event but at the same time making it feel like a starting point. For those awaiting the series’ return, you’ll be happy with the mix of action, drama, and so much more. For those that want to dive in, you can and you’ll be sucked into the world. A fantastic start to the epic battle to come.
Story: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt
Color: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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