The cataclysmic final issue of the bestselling series will end with a bang and a whimper!
Green Arrow will lead humanity’s final charge from the blood mines of Smallville.
Supergirl’s mission to get off-world comes to an explosive end.
And it’s Batgirl versus Nightwing for the fate of the entire planet-the stakes couldn’t be higher as the future of humankind is on the line!
Comic WatchDC vs. Vampires #12 is a perfect close for the title, working to bring the final confrontation between Batgirl and Vampire King Dick Grayson to a close while hinting at a possible future for the title. Tynion and Rosenberg’s script balances resolution and set-up to great effect, ensuring a satisfying read while offering a tease at a potential future conflict in this world. The script accomplishes this through strong characterization, working with Schmidt’s emotionally kinetic linework and pulsating colors. The art and colors are the most memorable element of this series, setting the title apart from anything else on the shelf. This book is a must-read for any DC fan, and a great way to draw new readers in, with strong characters thrown into a fun, cohesive Elseworld story.
Graphic PolicyDC vs. Vampires #12 is a fantastic ending to the series. Hopefully, we get more. What's presented and hinted at leaves so much more to be done and so much more to explore. Easily one of the best "Elseworlds type event in some time, one that deserves an encore.
Geek DadThe thing is… this is the final issue. It’s not clear if there’s a sequel planned, but DC hasn’t let us know. So ending this on a wild cliffhanger makes the entire thing feel a little bit empty and makes me wonder if this was all an elaborate setup for a crossover with the main universe. Its depiction of a world filled with intelligent monsters is compelling, but lacks the x-factor that made DCeased and other alternate universes so great.
The Comicbook DispatchDC Vs. Vampires #12 ends Tynion and Rosenberg’s threefold, simultaneous story by almost maintaining this somewhat awkward distinction between them. Nevertheless, readers do get resolution and the possibility of something to birth from this series in the future. The action is fierce, the deep colors pack some power and emotion, and the characterization adds some serious depth to the series. That said, the only disappointing aspect of DC Vs. Vampires #12 that seemed to hinder my enjoyment a bit was the disjointed subplots that just didn’t seem to connect as well as I thought they would and should have. Is this a must-buy? Well, by this point, if you’re buying DC Vs. Vampires #12, it’s because you’ve been following along with the series to this point. So, why wouldn’t you just buy the last issue anyway to see how it ends?
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Batman-NewsI expect every storyteller to tell the story they want to tell without expecting another chance. DC Vs. Vampires is an unfinished meandering story with meandering tie-ins. Once Batman died, I don’t think they knew where to take things. Hell, half of the characters wouldn’t stop reminding me. I genuinely enjoyed most of the action and layout of most of the main series and spin-offs. I was able to invest in the trajectory of most characters they introduce. However, none of it leads to any satisfying conclusions or has anything better to say than “Isn’t it cool that x-character is a vampire.” Yes Tynion IV, it was cool. In fact, I love this book so much, I hope it never continues.
ComicBook.comDC vs. Vampires ends on a somewhat unsatisfying note. The big final twist involving Nightwing and Batgirl is well-executed, but nothing short of a sequel series will make this feel like a satisfying ending. There are better vampire stories out there within the DC Universe, and for now this one feels mostly unfinished.
Superman HomepageIf you were hoping for resolution at the end of this maxiseries, your hope was in vain. The only resolution we get is Batgirl killing Dick and taking over for him. None of the other plot points get resolved. Ollie frees the people in Kansas, and Supergirl gets her powers back. Very disappointing for being touted as the final issue.
Lyles Movie FilesDC’s long in the tooth vampire series finally comes to a conclusion…or does it? There’s a reason why Tom Taylor kept his highly enjoyable DCeased series to arcs of three to eight issues — to keep the story fresh. Early installments could serve as standalone completed arcs with a definitive ending. That’s not the case here. Writers James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg occasionally crafted issues and spin-offs like they were over it. Maybe if they wrote DC vs Vampires as a six-issue mini-series there was room for expansion? Instead they seemed to throw out every idea while ignoring the framework they established early on — vampires are inherently smarter than zombies and would quickly wipe out and destroy their human prey. (...) Artwork was also inconsistent. Otto Schmidt handled the bulk of the pages, but contributions from Francesco Mortarino and Pierluigi Casolino are bad stylistic fits.
GWWOverall, DC vs. Vampires' conclusion was a letdown to everything built before this issue. All the deaths and sacrifices made just for the story to be untouched do no justice to the readers. The injustice was the number of issues involved with the series just to have the first part almost repeated.
Supergirl Comic Box CommentaryLike many books I read now, there were some nice ka-pow moments in it. But I wonder if the moments were dreamed up and then the story was written around them. ("Wouldn't it be cool if Lobo showed up?") But the art! So beautiful! And at least Supergirl survived. A low bar I know.