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The Vigil #3 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.


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Saya file unavailable. Saya identity unknown. Based on available sightings of the Vigil, it is likely that Saya is a shape-shifter, and based on the technology it’s theorized that they use…their identity may even be unknown to Saya themselves. If this may be true, then Saya’s history may be a threat to the Vigil metahuman group without any of them knowing, including Saya.

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

    But Why Tho?

    The Vigil #3 offers a great story and tension along with strong characterization and art. Read The Vigil and make your geeky brain happy.

  • 95


    This whole issue clicked across the board, and it’s bound to be one of my favorites of the whole year. It officially launched a promising book into something that’s clearly going to be a big title for DC Comics’ We Are Legends imprint (and the publisher at-large to boot). You may not know exactly what’s about to happen across #3, but it’ll leave you shook, excited, and yearning for this title’s daring future.

  • 95

    Comic Watch

    If you have not had a chance to check out The Vigil, now is the perfect time. It has consistently been fresh and has a good balance of action and espionage. For more on The Vigil, be sure to check out the interview with the Eisner-nominated author, Ram V!

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    This series has one of the most unusual structures of any books in the DC lineup right now, with each of the three issues so far having a completely different focus. The first introduced us to how the team operates, while the second focused on one member of the team and his origin. This third, however, tries to create a hybrid of those two approaches. Most of the team is on a bizarre adventure deep into a lost world, with some truly surreal landscapes and a particularly despicable villain. But at the same time, we have an elaborate plot involving Saya, the mysterious masked shapeshifter whose body lacks natural integrity. He uses his bizarre abilities as a master of disguise to investigate the team’s new liaison—by slipping into her face, infiltrating her life, and discovering her friends and her weak points in case they need leverage. It takes a while for this issue to reveal its secrets, but when it does, it’s fascinating.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    It’s too bad that Ram V’s fragmented narrative is so intentionally shattered. There’s a fine line between telling a compelling mystery and just…throwing a whole bunch of narrative shards at the reader and letting them work it out. There DOES seem to be enough holding everything together to keep a reader’s interest, but Ram V and company are really taking a chance that they might not have the ability to pull it all together before the end of the series.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    One of the best aspects about DC’s “The Vigil” is how V explores the political implications with the title, including a spotlight on the mysterious Mr. Lightless. Getting the point of view of “The Vigil” also humanizes the character of Nia Saha and “The Vigil” feel like more than just a superhero title. The plotting in “The Vigil” #3 moves fast, featuring subplots with the rest of the team and a focus on some of the individual characters in the story. The final couple of moments of the issue spotlighting the interactions between “The Vigil” team members brings a welcomed mysterious nature to the plot.

  • 60


    Each issue of this comic worries me more. I want to see it succeed and I was very excited for it when it was announced, but as of now, I can no longer recommend it. I’m starting to suspect it will be nothing more than an extended ad for an ongoing series that will never happen. There isn’t enough time left to sufficiently develop the characters and as the plot meanders, what time remains is vanishing.

  • 60

    The Vigil #3 presents the series’ best concepts to date as the team seeks out a setting dreamed into existence and one member engages in an unsettling day of subterfuge. Both concepts are engaging and the latter delivers plenty of tension as readers remain unaware of The Vigil’s purpose and many of its members’ motivations. That also proves to be a problem as issue #3 plays like another introduction. Most of the issue is narrated from an outsider’s perspective and reintroduces the various members with little to no additional insight added. It’s abundantly clear that the Doctor holds some dark secret but that has been true since issue #1. The low-level metahuman black ops team presents a cast of characters with clear potential and the missions presented in this issue showcase the strange territory they’re prepared to explore, but after three issues The Vigil still hasn’t defined its mission as a series and it’s already halfway through.

  • 55

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Vigil #3 goes a long way toward establishing each member of the team by showing and telling what they can do, how they behave, and how they contribute to the team. Unfortunately, this issue repeats bits of the previous two issues, and that comes too late in the six-issue run and leaves little room for an actual plot to develop.

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