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The Vigil #1 (of 6)

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Based on 14 critic ratings.


/Who Are The Vigil?

The shipping vessel Eastwind was taken captive by pirates off the coast of Thailand. 24 hours after the crew had been taken hostage, before communications had been established or any demands made, the crew reported an intervention by a group of unknown individuals. Amid other bizarre claims by the crew, are reports of an individual who changed his appearance at will and a woman who seemingly dodged bullets. Once the pirates were taken out, no attempts were made at rescuing the crew.

There have long been rumors rogue metahumans targeting weaponized illegal technology. With some hinting that they call themselves The Vigil. What were they after? Why did they intervene? Are there metas among us?

Stay tuned for more/


/you are being watched./

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    There are many wonderful comics launching this week, but this was the title that might have surprised me most of all. Ram V has carved out an interesting corner of the DC Universe, focusing on how various world governments are dealing with metahumans and the impact that they could have outside of the standard super-heroics. When pirates capture a shipping vessel near Thailand, a covert squad from India is called in to respond to the hostage situation. Through these actions, readers are introduced to the clandestine organization known as The Vigil. Their true motives and mission are part of the surprise of the story, so we will leave those elements to your reading experience, but their choices will surely have a larger impact on the DC Universe moving forward.

    The non-linear storytelling approach added a nice layer to the introduction, elevating this concept through intriguing reveals. Ram V does a wonderful job setting up the big picture for the overall series, seamlessly demonstrating that there is a lot of potential with this cast of characters. Sharma and Beredo act as a dynamic art duo, as the spycraft and power combination are executed with care in order to best showcase the unique talents of The Vigil.

    The Vigil fits perfectly under the Dawn of DC initiative, as the engaging story explores new characters and new concepts in a compelling way that will surely surprise readers. I eagerly await the following issues, and I am calling this a book to watch. Call your Local Comic Book Store today and ask them to hold this issue!

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    As a fan of espionage movies and comics, this book hooked me easily. But the creative team opened up a new world to me that I really hope other fans will take a liking to it too. Yes, it can be cozy to stay in one’s lane and stick to what you know. But this corner of the DCU is jam-packed with cool secrets in a hot climate, a cast of die-hard vigilantes, and a litany of questions I need answers to. Do yourself a favor and support this book

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Written by Ram V, there is an energy in the dialogue and plot points that make for a great reading experience. The excitement of the team working swiftly while political bureaucrats argue fits perfectly into the spy world. This team isn’t one to be messed with and it’s well conveyed in this issue. Additionally, I particularly liked how the team is described to have been in the DC Comics Universe for some time. (Anyone who has read Dawn of DC: We are Legends or Detective Comics #1070 knows they have been making their presence known.)

    The Vigil team members have incredibly cool designs and the entire art team does a phenomenal job at bringing them onto the page. Lalit Kumar Sharma has a great eye for cinematic panels and action sequences and Rain Beredo’s colors enhance the line work—especially in the fighting style of the character, Dodge. Meanwhile, the design of Saya, the face shifting member, makes for a unique power set with lots of potential. Dave Sharpe’s lettering throughout the issue does an excellent job with some of the more dialogue heavy panels. Finally, there is the awesome cover done by Sumit Kumar. The minimal design is well done and is reminiscent of older spy movies. If someone had told me it was a movie poster, I would have believed them.

    The Vigil #1 is on shelves on May 16 and is worth checking out at your LCS. This issue is exciting and is expanding the awesome world of DC Comics.

  • 90


    If you’re looking for a new espionage comic series with super-powered agents, The Vigil might be right up your alley. Written by Ram V, the series kicks off today with a story that continues from Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution #1. You can expect double crosses, secrets, twists, and a group of agents with very particular powers for very specific jobs. Also, expect an exciting start that’ll likely hook you and make you want more.


    Less James Bond and more Argo, The Vigil grabs you at the start and gets espionage lovers’ hearts racing where it counts. Spy lovers, The Vigil has it all from plot twists, cliffhangers, foreshadowing, and red herrings. Buckle up as there’s a new spy drama worth investing in.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The Vigil were introduced as original antagonists in a Lazarus Planet story starring Jason Todd where they got relatively little page time, so it was a surprised when they were announced to be getting a solo series. Unlike Xanthe and City Boy, we know virtually nothing about them—until now. But with Ram V as the creative guide, we know to expect something special. This first issue once again throws us into the adventures of the titular black-ops Indian super-team, but also gives us an look at the inner workings. As the story opens, a young woman is recruited by an eccentric spymaster who is about to retire—and this happens just as a ruthless band of pirates board an Indian cargo ship, taking the crew hostage and threatening the security of some high-tech equipment on board. While this story is very much inspired by spy adventures, it’s also deeply enmeshed with Indian culture and geopolitical issues.

    If this first issue has one flaw, it’s that we still know very little about the team of the title. We learn about the organization behind them, and the people trying to use them, but the masked members of the team are still shrouded in mystery. Two are given origins, with unique power sets and some hints at a disturbing backstory. One in particular has one of the most unique power sets I’ve ever seen. This is a series that can be confusing, and it often feels a little more like Ram V’s highly ambitious indie work than his DC work. The team is working to keep us at arm’s length just like a good spy would, and the result is a puzzle box of a debut that doesn’t really give up its secrets easily. I’m not sure where this is going, or how it’ll ultimately intersect with the rest of the DCU. However, I’m a sucker for anything that turns the DCU into more of a global story, and this is an extremely strong start.

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Vigil #1 introduces readers to a new and very secret super team tasked with finding and destroying dangerous threats around the world. Ram V’s story is well-crafted and ticks all the boxes for a solid foundation, and the art is excellent.

  • 85


    It’s not that DC needs new characters. What they need is new angles and perspectives and as it happens, new characters are sometimes the best way to get that. This issue is a strong start for this troupe and I’m very excited to see what it could grow into. Come on, DC readers, let’s make this series sell well enough to become an ongoing!

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Ram V crafts a thrilling and entertaining spy story in this first issue. The story hits all the marks both in introducing the characters and their motivations, but also showcasing the threats they will face going forward. There is some great action in the issue and it has the feel of a great spy movie. I enjoyed the characters a lot and look forward to seeing what they do next.

    The Art: Lalit Kumar Sharma delivers some beautifully detailed and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. Both the action scenes and the environments draw you in with their imagery.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    The Vigil certainly has plenty of potential and it scratches a particular itch of mine that DC has long done well. I grew up on a bunch of these kinds of projects in the 80s and 90s such as what we saw with early Checkmate and Suicide Squad books, so there’s a lot that they can do things with here. It just depends on whether it charts its own path and has a solid enough audience to sustain it or if it ends up getting hobbled by crossovers and cameos that feel forced. I like the cast with what little we get to know here and the concept works, as design the first blush round of design and costuming. I’m curious to see what it’ll do going forward with the next couple of issues and how it wants to define itself because the team working on it is definitely strong.

  • 80

    Wakizashi's Reviews

    The creative team use this first issue to set up a story about a clandestine team who get sent on covert missions to recover dangerous tech. This is a solid and intriguing opening issue with original characters and a nice spy theme to the story. It does enough to pull you in despite not giving very much character detail. I look forward to learning more about the characters in future issues. The world building is good and the action–when it comes–is memorable.

    Writer Ram V doesn’t go overboard with his purple prose and Lalit Kumar Sharma’s crisp art depicts the world and characters well. I really like the character design, especially the one called Saya who wears a very simplistic Noh-like white mask. I thought Saya was a woman at first because it’s a common female name in Japan. Saya’s female teammate Dodge comes across as a kind of hybrid of Solid Snake and a female shinobi or ninja. I’m always up for new and interesting kick-ass characters in comics and I like what I see so far. This first issue left me wanting more, which is a success in my book.

    Recommended if you like spy stories or are looking for something a little bit different from the regular capes & cowls superhero fare.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    The Vigil #1 is a strong debut for the new Dawn Of DC series. Ram V and Lalit Kumar Sharma successfully introduce us to how you can mix the world of espionage with the DC Universe. If they can carry this momentum for future issues, The Vigil can become one of the standout series for DC Comics.

  • 70


    While DC has more than enough spy organizations around the world, I’m intrigued by the idea of the Vigil, although so much time is spent on worldbuilding and Nia, we don’t get to know the team much other than seeing them in action on a ship hijacked by pirates. The secrecy of their existence is one problem Nia will no doubt have to wrestle with, along with team dynamics, as is some evil organization after the head of the project who has just found her predecessor.

  • 60

    The Vigil #1 introduces readers to a new black ops team working within the world of DC Comics. Much of the debut centers around introducing the team’s new leader and a few of the metahuman specialists working inside it as they take down a band of pirates. The action and execution runs a familiar route with most modern thrillers, including the many references to a mysterious backer and the first strands of a tech-conspiracy. However, there’s little that sets it apart from that fare either besides its willingness to embrace more low-key power sets within DC Comics to tell its story. The presentation of events is competent and the action clear, but provides little aesthetic polish and some characters present with inconsistent ages. The Vigil certainly possesses potential, but its introduction is ultimately run-of-the-mill.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    There’s a net positive in the fact that The Vigil #1 is actually the fourth appearance of The Vigil, a fact that I hope will help audiences to find this comic long enough for it to get its footing in the DCU proper, since it has interesting art and a number of interesting aspects that could add new angles to the spy side of DC. I just hope we don’t have another New Age of DC Heroes situation on our hands, as it would be a shame for these guys to just disappear like The Immortal Men or the new Firebrand.

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