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DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #4 (of 6)

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With Baron Cinder and his lieutenants kept occupied by the mother of all diversions, the team attempts a daring raid on the Blood Farm to retrieve the one person who can bring sunlight back to the world.

However, they have not reckoned on the terrifying presence of the Baron’s vampire knights – familiar faces whose blades are every bit as bloodthirsty as they are.

And in the backup, we learn the sad fate of the King of Cities, Jack Hawksmoor!

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36 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    Geek Dad

    The DC vs. Vampires world is one of the most chaotic alternate realities in the DC multiverse, with friends turning into enemies at the drop of a hat. This issue reveals dark secrets for Mary Marvel, a surprising role for Vic Sage, and a spectacular battle for Midnighter—which is really nothing new. This is one of the most fast-paced issues of this miniseries, with large groups of characters jockeying for survival. It can be a little hard to follow at times due to the fast pace, but the last page has a shocking cliffhanger.

    Then there’s the backup, focusing on Black Lightning. Like the past issues, I think the backup is stronger than the main one. With a bit of a Walking Dead vibe, it focuses on a deeply prepared Jefferson as he confronts an old friend and prepares to embark on a likely-doomed mission to find his wife and daughters. After the chaos of the main story, it adds a needed human touch to the whole affair.

  • 70


    DC Vs. Vampires is more often not, hit or miss. Issue #4 is a hit, but not by much. The highlights include the artwork, the use of certain characters, and overall tone. The plot is still doing a handstand on the side of the Hoover dam, and has the structure of a standard zombie flick, but like a man doing a handstand on the side of the Hoover dam: it’s hanging in there. In the penultimate issue, the suicide mission against “Baron Cinder” will need to push things to a satisfying climax.

  • 50

    All-Out War has become a cause for cleverness in combining vampire lore with DC superheroes and, in this regard, it largely succeeds. In a non-stop array of matchups between various A-, B-, and C-listers, the story finds plenty of opportunities to deliver inventive twists that would be considered out-of-bounds in a series that must keep their casts alive alongside plenty of less-than-pithy one-liners. The showdown between Midnighter and Prometheus offers a particularly excellent sequence that’s bound to make longtime readers chuckle. Yet there’s very little to undergird these moments of clever action because all elements of character and history are assumed, as is readers’ vested interest in these ragtag survivors. They speak broadly and pull from familiar elements of their own lore to create motivations that barely exist beyond the bounds of genre. Yes, there’s some fun to be had here, but it’s the thinnest sort made a bit less substantial by artwork that often cannot present the massive strokes of lightning or powerful, character-filled throwdowns. But the Midnighter bits are still damn funny.

  • 50

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