The midway point for DC vs. Vampires means one big thing: Answers! James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg have crafted a story that has played with the DC universe in new ways, but who is the culprit that brought vampires into the Justice League’s house? We find out this week with exceptional art from Simone Di Meo and Otto Schmidt!
This is blockbuster-style comics with big action, and this issue has quite a twist that will not be spoiled here. Part of the fun is trying to figure out what is going on as Batman licks his wounds with his Bat-family in a secret hideout. Damian, Nightwing, Tim, Cassie, Alfred, and Green Arrow are all present as they suss out their next move. Meanwhile, we get some key information in a scene by Di Meo involving Harley Quinn, Batgirl, and the Joker.
As the story progresses, there’s a tension that’s unmistakable. The creators draw you into the larger mystery of who the vampire king is, and you won’t suspect what happens next. Once we do find out–not really a spoiler since the preview gives that away–there’s a delicious amount of satisfaction as the air leaves the room and action takes place.
The action is great, as always, with Schmidt likely having the time of his life showing off Green Lantern and Wonder Woman sparring with the Bat-Family. Customary of Batman, there are some clever tricks to combat god-level heroes like them. This issue has a Shakespearian element as our heroes watch the world crumble around them. It’s always darkest before the dawn, but man do these creators take things to a very depressing place by the end. You’ll wonder if there’s any hope at all by the end of the issue.
It is somewhat frustrating to see so many heroes fall, especially those that were a major focus in previous issues. One of the best parts of this series has been how the Bat-Family is written and, alas, most of them are either damaged beyond repair or off the board here. That helps establish the villains are winning, but it’s a major loss going forward.
That said, there are key characters left on the board, and moves heroes and villains can make. Batman and his family clearly had an edge, but it’s going to be fun to see how this plays out over the second half. Given how big hero deaths have taken place up till this point, one has to wonder how far the villains can take it from here. There are heroes present–the final pages confirm it–so the body count will likely rise.
DC vs. Vampires #6 ends in a way that perfectly sets up the second half. Comics fans will appreciate the season-ending reveals and deaths and will be thirsty for more.
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