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DC vs. Vampires #12 (of 12)

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Based on 11 critic ratings.

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!

Publication Date
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Print Lenght
30 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    DC 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.
  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    DC 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.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The 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.
  • 84

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    DC 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?
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 65


    I 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.
  • 60

    DC 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.
  • 60

    Superman Homepage

    If 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.
  • 50

    Lyles Movie Files

    DC’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.
  • 40


    Overall, 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.
  • 40

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Like 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.

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About the Author: James Tynion IV

James Tynion IV (born December 14, 1987) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

Early life

James Tynion IV was born December 14, 1987, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. While studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion met and began studying under Scott Snyder, in the nascent years of his comic book writing career. Following school, he became an intern for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, working under Editor Shelly Bond, among others.


After a few years working in advertising, Scott Snyder asked Tynion to co-write the back-up features for the New 52 relaunch of Batman, in the midst of the acclaimed “Night of the Owls” comic book storyline, starting with Batman #8. In this comic, he tied the Court of Owls mythology to Alfred Pennyworth’s father, Jarvis Pennyworth, working with noted American Vampire artist, Rafael Albuquerque. Tynion went on to co-write Batman Annual #1 with Snyder, for artist Jason Fabok, which reintroduced classic Batman villain Mr. Freeze into the present day continuity. Continuing on the back-up stories in the main Batman title, Tynion launched a spin-off of the Night of the Owls storyline with the ongoing comic series, Talon, which ran for 18 issues. Tynion followed up Talon with a brief stint on the title Red Hood and the Outlaws in which he re-introduced a number of members of The League of Assassins back into Batman continuity.

In 2013, Tynion paired with artist Jeremy Rock to co-create his first original comic series, The Eighth Seal, for Mark Waid‘s digital comic publisher Thrillbent. The series, an apocalyptic blend of political intrigue and body horror, was nominated for the 2013 Ghastly Award for Best Web Comic. Tynion followed up the series with an additional digital horror comic for Thrillbent, The House In The Wall, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel and drawn by Eryk Donovan.

In 2014, Tynion launched his two biggest series to date. He was named as one of the head writers of Batman Eternal, a weekly Batman comic series designed to explore the full scope and cast of Gotham City. The series would bring classic Batman characters like Carmine Falcone, Hush, Vicki Vale, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain and the original Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley, into the New 52 DC continuity. He also launched the original series The Woods, for BOOM! Studios, with artist Michael Dialynas, which proved to be the highest selling original series at that publisher since Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, with the first issue selling out on a distributor level. The series was given an unprecedented full series order, guaranteeing that it will run to its planned conclusion at issue #36. He followed up The Woods with a three-issue apocalyptic horror miniseries for BOOM! Studios, titled Memetic, which paired him with artist Eryk Donovan once again.

In 2015, Tynion was announced as one of the co-writers of the new Constantine: The Hellblazer series alongside Ming Doyle and artist Riley Rossmo, as a part of the DCYou publishing initiative at DC Comics. Tynion also was announced as the writer of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with DC and IDW Publishing, the first meeting between the two franchises. The series launched in December 2015 as DC Comics’ sixth best selling title for the entire year. He also launched two new creator owned series through Boom! Studios, UFOlogy, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matt Fox, and Cognetic, the spiritual sequel to Memetic with artist Eryk Donovan.

At Wondercon in 2016, James Tynion IV was announced as the writer of the biweekly Detective Comics for DC’s Rebirth initiative. The new series launched in June of that year with the classic numbering restored starting with issue #934, and featured Batman and Batwoman as co-leads alongside an initial team of Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface.

Tynion has worked on a number of additional titles for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Thrillbent. Tynion became the new writer for Batman as of (vol. 3) #86.

In September 2020, DC Comics announced that Tynion would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.

Personal life

James Tynion IV is openly bisexual.

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]

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