As an epic apocalyptic nightmare by DC Comics DC vs Vampires As it draws to a close, the creative team behind the brutal event is finally beginning to tie up loose ends. As the finale of the war against Earth’s vampires draws near, DC vs Vampires #11 – out today – brings new hope to the heroes’ cause while continuing to highlight the devastation of vampire rule.
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Written by the twisted minds of James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg with beautiful art by Otto Schmidt, DC vs Vampires #11 begins with a single page devoted to the strained working relationship between Alfred and John Constantine, before we’re thrust straight into the massive Bat Family confrontation in Gotham City. In the last issue, Barbara Gordon revealed her long-kept secret plan – powering up a handful of powerful bat symbol generators imbued with UV energy – and now Batgirl and the rest of the surviving bat family are fighting desperately for their lives. In a brilliant strategic move, the vampiric but still heroic Damian Wayne kills a vampire by thrusting a spear through Frankenstein’s chest – a creative but frankly rude tactic. This edition continues to honor Bruce’s legacy by gathering the remaining members of the bat family and letting them fight as valiantly as Batman would have, although it ends with the heroes pitted against some of Nightwing’s greatest assets, like Power Girl , Cassie and Mr Freeze.
At the same time, the devious crew of Steel, Jayla and Supergirl successfully sneaks into the vampire alien emigration base in Australia to give Kara access to the sun to finally empower her again. Of course, the ragtag group of heroes run into trouble in the form of Lobo, a great use of the lead in a series as his quintessential anti-hero self, doing what he has to do to stay on top. This issue continues to prove how useful and strategic Jayla is, using the newfound abilities she gained after the death of her twin to successfully sneak Kara past the Martian Manhunter and to an outgoing spaceship. While Kara is able to get onto the spaceship, Manhunter immediately tells his people to dismantle the ship. As Kara looks out of the ship at the approaching cloud line, the ship explodes, leaving Supergirl’s fate a mystery.
Finally, writers Tynion and Rosenberg continue the Green Arrow blood farm storyline, with some continued piss jokes about Swamp Thing that don’t really get through to him or this reader. Piss jokes aside, a big highlight of Oliver’s storyline is the inclusion of Grifter, who brings a good dose of reality to Queen’s plan. Oliver, Grifter, and Swamp Thing’s attack on Camp Hiawatha is the only one of the three plans that truly ends in sure hope, as our three invading heroes are ready to take on Hawkman and his vampiric soldiers by throwing out formidable stakes and arches use with the meat of Swamp Thing.
While this installment continues to advance its three main plots well, setting them all up for the final confrontation, they’re still disappointingly separate, with little to no communication between the three groups. With Constantine’s appearance on side one and his ability to magically communicate, it seems like Hellblazer should do more work to tie these disparate groups into a unified but dispersed team. Regardless, Otto Schmidt’s art continues to impress with her difficult work of conveying hope, brutality, and dynamic action all at once, making the reader feel more connected to each character and plot, despite the reader knowing that most of her heroes are are likely to fail.
DC vs Vampires No. 11 quickly draws readers in with dynamic, exciting action, well-written evasions, and the ability to advance each plot line well, despite the issue having to focus on three separate threads. While the storylines still feel slightly separate, this installment brings them further together, and the reader should have faith that the writers of the event are bringing it all to an epic, violent conclusion.
DC vs. Vampires #11 begins to tie up loose ends
DC vs Vampires #11
DC vs. Vampires #11 admirably continues the main storyline and leads nicely into the event’s brutal finale. Bat-Family’s battle in Gotham, Jayna’s power upgrade, and Lobo’s inclusion are all highlights.
The Bat-Family’s Gotham battle continues to inspire
Brings some hope without reducing the level of violence or betrayal
Stunning art is as dynamic as it is brutal
The three major storylines still seem separate
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