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Preview: DC vs. Vampires #2

DC vs. Vampires #2

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Art by: Otto Schmidt

The war for the very survival of the human race has begun! A mysterious new vampire lord has already put a plan in motion to conquer the Earth, and the first step is-destroy the Justice League! But the World’s Greatest Detective might be Earth’s last hope, and it’s time for the Bat-Family to hunt!

DC vs. Vampires #2

Review: DC vs. Vampires #2

DC vs. Vampires #2

A good Elseworlds type story takes the familiar and spins it in an unfamiliar way. It catches you off guard and results in a story that keeps you on your toes. The basics might be there as far as characters and settings but the details are often different or those familiar characters are placed up against impossible odds. DC vs. Vampires #2 continues this spin on that with a story that has the superheroes, and villains, of the DC Universe facing a possible war with the vampire nation.

The debut issue set things up nicely with Andrew Bennett on the run and looking for allies. The détente between vampires and humans is over with new vampire leadership looking to shake things up. In the lead up to the war, the vampire nation has been eliminating obstacles or bringing others to their sides. That mission includes numerous villains as well as at least one here. The only person who knows what’s going on is Batman who was left a message from Bennett. What is the Dark Knight to do?

Batman begins his mission to fight back and starts with his own family. In a brilliant sequence we see Batman not only break the news as to what’s going on but also how far his planning goes to see who he can trust. We also get to see how paranoid he is as well.

Writers James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg continue to do a solid job of not just building things up for the upcoming war but delivering a methodical step by step to that. We not only get to see through the Bat-family as to what the vampire’s likely steps will be but also through the vampire’s actions who they take out. So far, the death toll is increasing and why and how is rather interesting and entertaining in a twisted way.

Otto Schmidt’s art continues to impress and entertain. The issue has some shocking moments but it’s the quieter ones that stand out. Batman surrounded by his team is truly impressive in the tense moments it delivers. You’re waiting for someone to turn out to be a vampire and the way everyone stands and reacts helps add to that tension. But even through that, there’s moments of levity that breaks the tension with some humor. Tom Napolitano’s lettering stands out as well as it gives more personality to some of the darker elements of the story.

DC vs. Vampires #2 is another solid issue for a series that has been a great read. Considering the creative team, it’s not surprising as to it being good. But, there’s a level of freshness about it that stands out. It has twists and reveals that aren’t expected and keep readers on their toes. A solid series that delivers with each issue so far, this is one that mixes superhero action with some real paranoia.

Story: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt
Color: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: DC vs. Vampires #2

DC vs. Vampires #2

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Art by: Otto Schmidt

The war for the very survival of the human race has begun! A mysterious new vampire lord has already put a plan in motion to conquer the Earth, and the first step is-destroy the Justice League! But the World’s Greatest Detective might be Earth’s last hope, and it’s time for the Bat-Family to hunt!

DC vs. Vampires #2

Preview: Task Force Z #1

Task Force Z #1

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Eddy Barrows

In life, they’ve terrorized the people of Gotham. Now, they are Gotham’s last hope.

Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! On A-DAY, the attack on Arkham Asylum left hundreds of Gotham’s most cunning and deranged criminals dead…now, a mysterious benefactor has activated the government’s TASK FORCE clause to bring them back as the ultimate army of the night! To lead this team of the undead, only a person who knows exactly what it feels like to be brutally murdered and brought back to life can handle the job…enter: RED HOOD. But when Jason Todd unravels the mystery surrounding Task Force Z’s creation, will he try to destroy it…or embrace it? BANE. MAN-BAT. THE ARKHAM KNIGHT. SUNDOWNER. MR. BLOOM. RED HOOD. THEY ARE TASK FORCE Z, AND DEATH WAS JUST THE BEGINNING…!

Task Force Z #1

Preview: DC vs. Vampires #1

DC vs. Vampires #1

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Art by: Otto Schmidt

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!

DC vs. Vampires #1

Review: DC vs. Vampires #1

DC vs. Vampires #1

Timed for the Halloween season, DC vs. Vampires #1 kicks off a new spin on the DC Universe where the heroes must take on a familiar genre. But, if you’re expecting something like DCeased, where the DC Universe fought zombies, you’ll be disappointed and surprised. The debut issue does a solid job of setting itself apart from the numerous apocalyptic battle alternative timeline miniseries that feel like they’ve become a regular thing with the big two.

Written by James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg, DC vs. Vampires #1 digs into a rather ignored side of DC’s history. The story focuses on Andrew Bennett, a well established character and vampire as he attempts to get a warning to the Justice League. The “truce” between the vampires and humans is over with whomever behind the shift planning for more than a simple war. Villains have fallen or been turned to the vampire side leaving a threat that’s hidden in the shadows.

Bennett was the main character in the far too short I, Vampire comic series that was part of the New 52 (though has roots before) and lasted 19 issues. That series, like this, focused on the vampire world of the DC Universe and after its wrap, Bennett has only popped up on occasions. Tynion and Rosenberg seem to play off of that in some ways with the absence of Bennett being almost a plot point to the story. The lack of a real focus on the vampire side of things adds to that aspect as well. It’s a solid use of what DC hasn’t focused on in years to help drive the plot and work it in naturally.

Tynion and Rosenberg also deliver a hectic pace about it all. You can feel Bennett’s fear and frenetic scrambling to get to safety and find allies. The mood the two set out to instill in the first issue is clear and comes across the page well. Bennett’s on the run focus and the fear and dread presented deliver a comic that’s a classic “man on the run story” with a slight Hitchcock like conspiracy mixed with modern twisted humor and action.

That’s helped by the art and color of Otto Schmidt. Schmidt’s style helps the paranoia and scramble. Bennett as depicted by Schmidt feels like a character that’s looking over his shoulder. And us readers need to as well. Small hints at art deliver what’s to come with some characters in the story. While those aspects aren’t answered in the first issue, they point to a lot of backstory we’ve yet to learn and explore. Tom Napolitano’s lettering is on point with a slightly different style for those turned giving them an uneasy feel. The lettering adds to the atmosphere of it all with the text giving the characters turned more of an evil persona.

DC vs. Vampires #1 is a solid debut with some twists and turns you’ll need to experience for yourself. While it takes the familiar formula of alternative timeline heroes fighting (fill in the blank genre) the way the story is presented and the details makes it stand out as more than fill in the threat. There’s a lot of potential here that’ll keep readers on their toes, especially after that final segment of the comic. This is perfect for the Halloween season and perfect to sit back, relax, and just enjoy.

Story: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt
Color: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Task Force Z #1

Task Force Z #1

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Eddy Barrows

In life, they’ve terrorized the people of Gotham. Now, they are Gotham’s last hope.

Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! On A-DAY, the attack on Arkham Asylum left hundreds of Gotham’s most cunning and deranged criminals dead…now, a mysterious benefactor has activated the government’s TASK FORCE clause to bring them back as the ultimate army of the night! To lead this team of the undead, only a person who knows exactly what it feels like to be brutally murdered and brought back to life can handle the job…enter: RED HOOD. But when Jason Todd unravels the mystery surrounding Task Force Z’s creation, will he try to destroy it…or embrace it? BANE. MAN-BAT. THE ARKHAM KNIGHT. SUNDOWNER. MR. BLOOM. RED HOOD. THEY ARE TASK FORCE Z, AND DEATH WAS JUST THE BEGINNING…!

Task Force Z #1

Preview: DC vs. Vampires #1

DC vs. Vampires #1

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Art by: Otto Schmidt

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!

DC vs. Vampires #1

James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg, and Otto Schmidt pit DC Vs. Vampires

In the tradition of DCeased comes a new, terrifying story from the minds of James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg, and Otto Schmidt. DC Vs. Vampires is a special, standalone twelve-issue maxiseries, that will pit the Justice League against a secret army of vampires, leaving our heroes unsure of who they can trust.

DC Vs. Vampires #1 (of 12) is on sale in comic book stores on Oct. 26, 2021. It features a main cover by Schmidt, a variant cover by Francesco Mattina, 1:25 ratio variant by Jorge Molina, and a retailer variant by Ejikure.

DC Vs. Vampires #1 (of 12)

Get a First Look at DC’s Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular!

On June 29, join DC in celebrating eight decades of emerald-clad swashbuckling, crime-fighting, and trick arrows of every kind when the Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1! Honoring Green Arrow and his allies across his 80-year history, from the Golden Age to now, the anniversary special includes 12 stories from some of DC’s most esteemed writers and artists who have contributed to the legacy of Oliver Queen. The title will also include 8-decade variant covers depicting the Emerald Archer through the ages.

This anthology not only features a “who’s – who” of comic book storytellers but also includes a unique and heartfelt tribute to the career of iconic DC and Green Arrow scribe Denny O’Neil“Tap, Tap, Tap” is a silent, wordless story from Denny O’Neil’s son Larry, Jorge Fornes, and Dave Stewart. The story chronicles the challenges and victories in Denny’s life both in and out of comics, from his childhood, raising a family, his stellar career as a writer, until his passing in 2020

Additional stories in this anthology include:

  • “The Disappearing Bandit”
    Written by Mariko Tamaki, Art by Javier Rodriguez
    It’s the Golden Age of Green Arrow and Speedy, brought to humorous and loving life by New York Times bestselling writer Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and acclaimed artist Javier Rodriguez (Batgirl: Year One). A lot of people attempt to affectionately show the silliness of the first age of super heroes, but few have done it as exceptionally as Mariko and Javier. Trick arrows for everyone!
  • “Punching Evil”
    Written by Tom Taylor, Art by Nicola Scott, Colors by Annette Kwok
    To become a more adept superhero and fighter, Green Arrow goes to train with the Golden Age superhero Wildcat at his gym. In true Wildcat fashion, he shows Ollie the hard way of what it takes to be your own hero. Tom Taylor (NightwingSuicide SquadInjustice) brings this story to life, with incredible artwork from Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special) and Annette Kwok (Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity).
  • “Who Watches the Watchtower?”
    Written by Stephanie Phillips, Art by Chris Mooneyham, Colors by Mike Spicer
    The Green Arrow is left behind on the Justice League Satellite while the rest of the team goes on an important mission. Oliver is less than thrilled, and righteously indignant about the situation as usual until an alien armada invades the Satellite. Can Ollie stand alone against an alien onslaught before it reaches earth? Acclaimed writer Stephanie Phillips (Harley Quinn) captures that “Denny O’Neil Green Arrow”-voice, and this story is brought to life in gorgeous fashion by Christopher Mooneyham’s (Nightwing) retro/modern bronze age aesthetic.
  • “Out of the Shadows”
    Written and Art by Mike Grell, Colors by Lovern Kindzerski
    Legendary Green Arrow writer and artist Mike Grell return to the 1980’s era of The Longbow Hunters. The Green Arrow must team up with the legendary anti-hero Shado to stop a shipment of smuggled guns from making it into Seattle. Depicting The Emerald Archer as only he can, Grell will remind readers why his take on Ollie Queen is still a Green standard.
  • “The Arrow and the Song”
    Written by Ram V, Art by Christopher Mitten, Colors by Ivan Plascencia
    This tale is a beautiful meditation on the love between Green Arrow and Black Canary through the years and the found family that they’ve created. Writer Ram V (Catwoman) puts together this beautiful story of love and how life takes turns you don’t expect. Gloriously brought to life by the work of Christopher Mitten (Batman: Arkham Unhinged) and Ivan Plascencia (The Flash).
  • “One”
    Written by Brandon Thomas, Art by Jorge Corona, Colors by Matheus Lopes
    We go right back to the mid-90s with this story. Oliver Queen is dead. Connor Hawke is Green Arrow and he has to save the main Queen Industries building in Star City, the home of a business and family he was never part of, from a group of terrorists. Brought to you by Infinite Frontier and Future State writer Brandon Thomas (Future State: Aquaman) and amazingly drawn by Jorge Corona (We Are Robin).
  • “Green Man and Autumn Son”
    Written by Devin Grayson, Art by Max Fiumara
    Catwoman writer Devin Grayson and artist Max Fiumara shine a spotlight on Roy Harper, a.k.a Red Arrow, as he continues to manage his transition from “sidekick” to adult hero, along with single parenthood and his struggles with addiction and recovery.
  • “Star City Star”
    Written and Art by Phil Hester, Inks by Ande Parks, Colors by Trish Mulvihill
    Phil Hester drew nearly fifty issues of Green Arrow in the early 2000s, working with popular writers like Kevin Smith, Brad Meltzer, and Judd Winnick. Here, Phil synthesizes what was so great about his run into a tremendous eight-page story. Green Arrow tries to save a young girl named Star who has been kidnapped but has to run through a gauntlet of his greatest villains and allies to get to her. Including: Onomatopoeia, Speedy (Mia Dearden), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Black Canary, Arsenal, Connor Hawke, and Count Vertigo.
  • “Happy Anniversary”
    Written by Vita Ayala, Art by Laura Braga, Colors by Adriano Lucas
    This story focuses on the point in time where Green Arrow and Black Canary were married right before the New 52. On the day of their anniversary, the two are at each other’s throats and then Green Arrow gets kidnapped. Black Canary thinks the kidnapping is part of an anniversary game/present but quickly discovers that Green Arrow has REALLY been kidnapped by DEATHSTROKE and she has to save him. Vita Ayala (Future State: The Next Batman) writes a wonderful Mr. and Mrs. Smith-style action rom-com brought to life by Laura Braga (DC Comics Bombshells).
  • “The Sympathy of the Woods”
    Written by Ben Percy, Art by Otto Schmidt
    It’s the DC Rebirth Era, Green Arrow is feeling lost, the world is getting worse, and he doesn’t feel like he’s making enough of a difference. To cheer him up, Black Canary, Red Arrow (Emiko Queen), Diggle, and Henry Fyffe try to throw him a party to remind him of the beautiful community he’s built. But what starts as a celebration will become a rescue mission as Green Arrow is hunted down by the Dark Archer known as MERLYN. From DC talents Ben Percy (Nightwing) and Otto Schmidt (Harley Quinn).
  • “The Last Green Arrow Story”
    Written by Jeff Lemire, Art by Andrea Sorrentino, Colors by Jordie Bellaire
    The acclaimed Green Arrow creative team from the New 52, New York Times Bestselling author Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth)  and Andrea Sorrentino (Joker: Killer Smile) tell a transcendent final tale of Oliver Queen. In his older years, he requests to be left alone on the island where he was stranded so many decades ago. He’s gone there to connect to his own myth, his legacy, and to die in peace. But is it ever that simple for The Green Arrow?

The variant covers for this must-have collector’s item come from some of the most prolific artists in comics:

  • 1940’s Variant: Michael Cho
  • 1950’s Variant: Daniel Warren Johnson
  • 1960’s Variant: Neal Adams
  • 1970’s Variant: Derrick Chew
  • 1980’s Variant: Gary Frank
  • 1990’s Variant: Howard Porter
  • 2000’s Variant: Jen Bartel
  • 2010’s Variant: Simone Di Meo

Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 arrives in participating comic book stores and digitally on Tuesday, June 29, 2020, for $9.99.

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