One of the last secret, underground human cities is facing total annihilation and its leader-John Constantine-must plan a suicide mission to assassinate a key lieutenant in the vampire empire! Against unreal odds and with an unlikely team including Booster Gold, Deathstroke, and Mary Marvel, does the Hellblazer have one more trick up his sleeve? A gritty, violent, monochromatic companion series to DC vs. Vampires!
AIPTDC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #1 is fun and works as a must-read side chapter to the main event. It also captures the many eclectic voices while establishing new threats, dangers, and stakes for a motley crew of heroes and villains. It not only utilizes the main conceit of DC vs. Vampires well but runs with it in exciting ways.
Geek DadIn a similar way to Future State: Gotham, DC is spinning out the DC vs. Vampires franchise with this black-and-white side book. Or rather, black, white, and red—because you can’t have vampires without blood. Alex Paknadel jumps on to help Matt Rosenberg on writing duty, and focuses his story on the messy weirdos of the survivors. Slade Wilson is leading a ragtag group of renegades including Damage and Blue Devil as they seek out the last remaining Lazarus Pit with the intention of resurrecting Batman to unite the resistance. But a chance encounter with a vampirized, insane Azrael reveals something even more shocking. The Lazarus Pit can reverse the vampire plague—but it’s only one use per pit.
Graphic PolicyDC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #1 is a solid addition to the overall story. It tackles what else is going on with events that wouldn’t fit in the main series, not just in length but with the narrative itself. It shows a side mission that’s pretty vital to the overall event and answers some questions as well as opening up some intriguing possibilities.
Batman-NewsReading this tie-in series requires investment in DC vs. Vampires up to this point. Despite the title, this book isn’t exactly an “all-out” war. All-Out War would rather focus on the lives of those left to fight and survive in the aftermath of war. The theme or artwork may not be enough to win over anyone not buying the narrative. Some may find Deathstroke randomly becoming a disciple of Batman interesting, but it is out of character. Overall, some of these tie-ins are working, and some are struggling to justify their existence. I’m giving All-Out War a chance, and hoping I won’t regret it.
ComicBook.comThose already excited by the apocalyptic events contained in DC vs. Vampires won't want to miss the expansion of All-Out War as it details humanity's struggle for survival by showcasing the post-vampire appearances of many B- and C-list DC Comics characters. That's not to suggest there's much value added though, only more of the same. The black-and-white tale (with a dash of added orange) follows Deathstroke as a member of one remaining human holdout facing down its inevitable doom. The story quickly moves through introductions and the dispatching of many recognizable faces, but there's little to be found beneath the novelty of seeing ravaged superheroes and supervillains act or die terribly as a result of vampirism. It's paced quickly enough that there's little tedium, but there's also little to invest in characters written as archetypes. There is simply more of the same, albeit with a bit less color, here.
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