A blood-soaked one-shot tale of vampire violence! The Son of Batman, after years of training to be an assassin, is on a path toward utter destruction of the vampire race…Enter Damian Wayne: vampire hunter!
Lyles Movie FilesThis standalone to the DC vs Vampires maxi-series offers reason to be excited about the back half of this event. Hunters was a strong enough read that it easily could have been part of the main series. And given the events that play out, it feels like it easily could have been and maybe should have been more than a standalone.
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Graphic PolicyMatthew Rosenberg kicks the issue off with Damian seemingly a vampire on a mission hunting the remaining heroes and villains for the vampire nation. What’s soon revealed is despite his being turned, he’s still on the side of good secretly trying to stop Nightwing. (...) The art by Neil Googe is good. It’s a bit different than the main series but still works pretty well. With color by Antonio Fabela and lettering by Troy Peteri, it’s strength is its action, humor, and shocking moments. Googe really nails down the framing of scenes and what to focus on to emphasize what’s going on. The rest of the team ups the quality with colors that pop and lettering that really emphasizes the action and emotion. What stands out about DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1 is its surprises. Much like the main series, the comic never quite goes in the direction you expect. It has shocking moments for sure, and there’s a body count, but it surprises the reader. More importantly, it points to a very intriguing second half of this series.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Rosenberg crafts a dark and entertaining story in this issue. Outside of the action of the bigger arc, this issue deals with the complicated dynamics of the children of Bruce Wayne. It does a great job of showcasing that the family drama is still compelling and that even in the midst of a bigger global conflict, family ties can still play a role. The Art: Googe delivers some great visual moments and the action with Damian is visually thrilling.
GWWWhen it comes to the art in DC vs Vampires — Hunters #1, there’s quite a bit of action mixed in throughout the issue. Neil Googe’s best moments come during when Damian is handling multiple targets. In those moments, Googe elected to go without panels. That played well with Damian and his opponents while also heightening the tempo in DC vs Vampires — Hunters #1 at the right time.
AIPTDC vs. Vampires: Hunters is the very definition of what makes a tie-in good. It’s not some cash-grab, but serves to flesh out characters and their storylines while adding new insights into the main villain. It’s also not 100% necessary to the main series, at least it doesn’t seem to be, so fans can choose to skip it too. Humanizing villains is always important and this issue does that, while also keeping Damian Wayne fanboys fed.
Geek DadThe main DC vs. Vampires series is going on a hiatus to allow the creative team to get ahead, but they’ll be filling the gap with a collection of one-shots and miniseries. The first is this one-shot, which flashes forward in time to a world where Dick Grayson’s vampire army has taken over much of the world and controls his empire from Gotham. Only a small group of resistance fighters holds out, and they live in fear of one hunter in particular—a vampirized Damian Wayne, who was turned by Dick in the last issue and now hungers for blood. Damian wants to meet with his now-demonic brother personally, but Dick is protected with layers of security—for good reason. The big twist of this issue comes early, when we find out that Damian is a double agent, working with Martian Manhunter and Alfred to keep the few remaining heroes safe and keeping his vampirism in check with pigs’ blood.
But Why Tho?DC VS Vampires: Hunters #1 is a solid expansion upon the limited series, and places the spotlight on Nightwing and Damian Wayne’s fractured relationship. With another spinoff series titled DC VS. Vampires: All-Out War in the works, I hope that Rosenberg continues to keep up the character work as well as the vampire-slaying action.
Get Your Comic OnA dark story but an interesting twist on a popular and iconic character, the book feels authentic to DC throughout but giving it a unique twist.
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