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Review: DC vs. Vampires #8

DC vs. Vampires #8

I say it with every review of this series but, it might sound silly but DC vs. Vampires is so good. The short version, the vampire nation has had enough. With a new leader, they have slowly turned Earth’s heroes and villains and attacked. Now, they’ve taken over the world and all that’s left is a small group of heroes and villains to stop them. DC vs. Vampires #8 is that moment where the heroes that are left say their good-byes in what is sure to be various missions that some will die. And death is part of what makes this series so good.

Written by James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg, DC vs. Vampires #8 is an issue of desperation and getting things rolling. It’s clear the odds are high. The resistance that remains is fractured in what to do next. There’s multiple missions and each is likely filled with doom and ending in death. But, even bigger, one character gets a beat down and an avenue is closed off.

DC vs. Vampires #8 focuses on Constantine, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Batgirl, and Supergirl. Each has a major role to play in what’s to come and each has very differing opinions in priority. Do they free the humans being used as a blood bank? Do they go after the Vampire King (Nightwing for those not paying attention)? Or do they get their heavy hitter back on the table? How about all of the above? But what’s interesting is Tynion and Rosenberg tease that the arrogance and “I’m right” show by the various groups may lead to their doom. One individual who has been doing his own thing suffers horribly as a major shoe drops. And that’s part of what’s fun with the series. You never know who may turn, who may die, what might happen. This is a series where anything and everything is on the table.

The art by Otto Schmidt and Daniele Di Nicuolo is fantastic as always. There’s a great style to it all and in this case there’s some moments that are brutal. But, through all of the despair and desperation there’s tender moments too. We get a touching moment between two individuals about expectations which another is a sexy night before both go off to war. Colors are handed by Schmidt and Pierluigi Casolino and lettering by Tom Napolitano. It’s fantastic as always and as fun as the story is, the art is right there with it. The visuals do a great job of keeping things dark, gritty, and desperate without being overwhelming.

DC vs. Vampires #8 is another fantastic issue. If you haven’t been reading the series, go out and start from the beginning. For those that have been reading, looks like it’s game on and things are about to get wild.

Story: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg Art: Otto Schmidt, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Color: Otto Schmidt, Pierluigi Casolino Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: DC vs. Vampires #8 (of 12)

DC vs. Vampires #8 (of 12)

(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Otto Schmidt
In Shops: Aug 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE BATTLE FOR EARTH CONTINUES IN THIS BLOODTHIRSTY SERIES! The surviving heroes put their various plans in motion in their last attempt to save humanity! The Birds of Prey are out for blood and head back into the heart of the vampire kingdom: Gotham City! Supergirl must cross a vampire-infested ocean and Green Arrow’s mission is…just too horrifying to mention!

DC vs. Vampires #8 (of 12)

Preview: DC vs. Vampires #7 (of 12)

DC vs. Vampires #7 (of 12)

(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Otto Schmidt
In Shops: Jul 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The nightmarish second arc begins! The Earth is now cloaked in darkness as the victorious vampire empire has taken full control. Pockets of humanity can still be found, and they struggle to live but hope fades with every darker day. The leaders of the last surviving resistance force-Green Arrow, Batgirl, and Supergirl-hatch a desperate plan to save the world…or die trying!

DC vs. Vampires #7 (of 12)

Review: DC vs. Vampires #7

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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Preview: DC vs. Vampires #7 (of 12)

DC vs. Vampires #7 (of 12)

(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Otto Schmidt
In Shops: Jul 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The nightmarish second arc begins! The Earth is now cloaked in darkness as the victorious vampire empire has taken full control. Pockets of humanity can still be found, and they struggle to live but hope fades with every darker day. The leaders of the last surviving resistance force-Green Arrow, Batgirl, and Supergirl-hatch a desperate plan to save the world…or die trying!

DC vs. Vampires #7 (of 12)

Preview: Shadow War Zone #1

Shadow War Zone #1

(W) Nadia Shammas, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Nicole Phillips, Ed Brisson (A) Otto Schmidt, Sweeney Boo, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden (CA) Jonboy Meyers
In Shops: May 17, 2022
SRP: $5.99

Written by Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips and Nadia Shammas Art by Trevor Hairsine, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden and Others A special issue that showcases the spread and impact of the Shadow War on the DCU! Talia al Ghul has put out a hit on anyone who has ever worked with Deathstroke-and that includes Black Canary! Where has Luke Fox been? Talia is sick of watching from the sidelines and joins the battle herself! Also featuring the new villain Angel Breaker! What is her connection to Ghost-Maker?

Shadow War Zone #1

Preview: Shadow War Zone #1

Shadow War Zone #1

(W) Nadia Shammas, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Nicole Phillips, Ed Brisson (A) Otto Schmidt, Sweeney Boo, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden (CA) Jonboy Meyers
In Shops: May 17, 2022
SRP: $5.99

Written by Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips and Nadia Shammas Art by Trevor Hairsine, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden and Others A special issue that showcases the spread and impact of the Shadow War on the DCU! Talia al Ghul has put out a hit on anyone who has ever worked with Deathstroke-and that includes Black Canary! Where has Luke Fox been? Talia is sick of watching from the sidelines and joins the battle herself! Also featuring the new villain Angel Breaker! What is her connection to Ghost-Maker?

Shadow War Zone #1

Find out the impact of Deathstroke’s war in Shadow War Zone #1

Someone posing as Deathstroke has done the unimaginable and cut off “The Demon’s Head,” killing Ra’s al Ghul! His “Shadow War” has put several DC super heroes behind the 8-ball, and their stories will have implications in Shadow War and beyond! On sale May 17Shadow War Zone #1 reveals these stories and characters and what new challenges they’ll have to overcome!

Black Canary crosses swords with her protégé, in “Old Friends,” written by Shadow War: Alpha, Batman, and Deathstroke Inc. writer Joshua Williamson, with art by Otto Schmidt. Black Canary is on the hunt for Deathstroke following the death of Ra’s al Ghul, to bring him to justice before Talia al Ghul’s assassins get him first. Unfortunately, one of those assassins is her best and former student, Angel Breaker! Who is this deadly killer and what’s her history with Black Canary? This showdown has major ramifications for Black Canary in Shadow War Omega #1, on sale May 31.

Writer Nadia Shammas and artist Sweeney Boo team up for “Inner Demon,” a story that flashes back to the younger years of Talia al Ghul. Frustrated over secrets hidden from her by Ra’s al Ghul, young Talia makes a secret pilgrimage to Lazarus Island, where a meeting with her grandmother reveals that she has a stronger connection to the Lazarus Pit that she realizes, setting the stage for a major DCU event this Fall!

Written by Ed Brisson, with art by Mike Bowden, Mark Morales, and Antonio Fabela, “Panic Room” features Ghost-Maker, Black Spider and Clownhunter. Clownhunter has been developing his skills under the watchful eye of Ghost-Maker and prepares for the final exam to end all final exams as he’s faced with protecting Black Spider from an all-out assault from the League of Assassins. This story sets the table for Clownhunter’s evolution and the return of Batman Incorporated in the upcoming Batman 2022 Annual, in stores on May 31.

Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Ann Maulina team up for “Ninjas! At the Arcade.” Harley fights a group of ninjas from the League of Assassins in an arcade, complete with lights, noise, and an impressive collection of movie quotes from the Mistress of Mayhem! Meanwhile, Luke Fox and an unlikely ally think Harley Quinn is the perfect addition to their “team,” but what team, and for what purpose?

Shadow War Zone #1 features a main cover by Jonboy Meyers, with open-to-buy “homage” variant and 1:25 variant covers by Howard Porter, plus a 1:50 variant cover by Leirix featuring Angel Breaker. All covers are available for pre-order now; check your local comic book shop for availability and ordering details.

Preview: DC vs. Vampires #6

DC vs. Vampires #6

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Art by: Daniele Di Nicuolo, Simone Di Meo, Otto Schmidt

Batman gets the upper hand on the vampires who have infiltrated the Justice League…but the Vampire King finally reveals himself, and it will be the most jaw-dropping moment of 2022! The shocking, bestselling series reaches its blood-drenched halfway point!

DC vs. Vampires #6

Review: DC vs. Vampires #6

DC vs. Vampires #6

Who is the Vampire King!? We’re at the halfway point and DC vs. Vampires #6 delivers action, tragedy, and reveals as Batman and his team are hunted and we find out who is calling all of the shots. DC vs. Vampires might seem like a silly concept but each issue has delivered in every way making it one of the most fun, and one of my, most anticipated comics each month.

DC’s vampire nation has had enough and has made moves to finally become the top of the food chain. Someone has taken over and is calling the shots, slowly recruiting heroes and villains and turning them to the cause.

Written by James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg, DC vs. Vampires #6 continues the brilliance of the series that keeps you guessing as to who’s a vampire and who can be trusted. Each comic is infused with paranoia that leaves readers unsure as to where it’s all going to go.

As a standalone series, Tynion and Rosenberg are free to do whatever works which means heroes and villains being killed and we’re talking some pretty high profile names. No one feels like they’re safe in this series which just adds to the fun. The creators leave it so you truly have no idea what’s coming next.

And that’s especially true for DC vs. Vampires #6. Not only do we get the reveal as to who the Vampire King is but the issue also leaves us with an idea of the greater plan. With those last few pages and panels, we get an idea of the enormity of the story and what felt like a low level “street fight” that was seeing escalation quickly turns into something much grander.

The art continues to be solid. Otto Schmidt, Simone Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, and Rex Lokus work together to deliver a style that fits both it’s superhero roots as well as its horror genre. It balances things perfectly and captures every detail with flair and excitement. There’s also something about the art that nails down the tragedy and desperation of this issue. There’s some iconic moments that are memorable and it all stands out. Tom Napolitano‘s lettering stands out as well. There’s a lot of dialogue as heroes beg and plead with their turned friends in hope of getting through to them. There’s also a hell of an emphasis on a certain page when the Vampire King is revealed. The art and lettering are perfect.

DC vs. Vampires #6 is another fantastic issue for the series. It keeps you guessing and when events play out or things are revealed, it’ll leave your jaw hanging open. It has me excited to see where the latter half of the series goes as the issue is clearly the low point that our heroes will need to climb out of to save the day… if they can.

Story: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg
Art & Color: Otto Schmidt, Simone Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Rex Lokus Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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