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The Vigil #4 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


/Who are the Vigil?/

/Dodge file loading…

Dodge is the speedster metahuman in the secret organization called the Vigil. Her alias is likely to be a woman who goes by the name Dinah Kom. All files connected to this name have been erased. The only information left that was pieced together by Checkmate is that Dodge has a condition that places an extraordinary amount of fast-twitch muscle fiber in her body. Her suit allows her to control the fibers to move at the speed of thought. The multiversal and space-time repercussions of this are to be discussed in the next transmission.

Stay tuned for more./


/you are being watched./

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    This issue of The Vigil, as well as this series, is a standout for DC that should not be missed. It is easily the series that I am the most excited about right now.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The super-powered squad of heroes is almost fully established by the end of the eighth issue of the series. Ram V has been patient enough, rolling out the backstory for every team member. It’s been a very practiced and systematic approach to unveiling a team that maximizes the reader’s connection with every team member. The cleverness of Ram V’s writing isn’t in its inventiveness…it lies in his technique and the overall composition of what is rapidly becoming a very satisfying new addition to the DC universe.

  • 95


    writer Ram V and the rest of the creative team (artists Sid Kotian and Lalit Kumar Sharma alongside colorist Rain Beredo) truly came into their own with their Planetary-inspired tale of superhero espionage.

  • 91

    Comic Watch

    Fans of the series will be happy to know The Vigil has kept up in terms of a fun and fresh reading experience. For those who haven’t had a chance to get into the series, be sure to pick up issues 1 – 4 at your local comic book shop and check out the Comic Watch interview with writer Ram V.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Ram V’s look into a complex, ruthless government-sponsored Indian super-team has been fascinating, as it reveals the secrets of its members one by one. This issue, it’s Dinah’s turn, and she seems in some ways the most normal of the crew. She’s not a government super-soldier, nor is she a mysterious shapeshifter. She’s just a young woman, a boxer, and a survivor of an emotionally abusive childhood—until her powers kicked in during a fight and she killed an opponent. She was facing murder charges until she was rescued and given a second chance by their mysterious benefactor—something the entire team seems to have in common. But that’s not all they have in common, and as a mission builds to an intense conclusion and we meet a mysterious new player who seems to be looking to buy himself into the superhuman arms race, we build to a conclusion with one line that upends the entire concept of the series.

  • 70

    The Vigil #4 makes an excellent case for how a single compelling hook can strengthen an ongoing series. After what reads like yet another black ops mission with ill-defined motivations and actors, the final few pages promise to add that definition and offer up a final line that all but guarantees it will be good. Until that moment, however, there’s some space provided to tie The Vigil further into ongoing events across DC Comics, including potential threads linking these conspiracies to two of Superman’s greatest enemies. The Vigil, as a unit, confront a new antagonist that draws out the bloodiest aspects of their powers in a set of grisly sequences that highlight artist Devmalya Pramanik’s skill with pacing. It’s not the gory details but the implied collisions and gnarly aftermath that make the violence poignant. Whereas much of The Vigil #4 feels familiar after three issues, it offers just enough at the end to assure readers that it is quickly arriving at a destination worth witnessing.

  • 70


    The action from the issue comes in the super-powered individual the team comes across, but the big reveal isn’t his existence but the fact that it is tied to Dr. Sankaran who knows far more about the super-humans we’ve seen shown in the first four issues than he’s claimed. Also of note, is the short interlude featuring Festus Hep taking the newly rebranded LexCorp in new directions.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Vigil #4 is one of the better issues in the run because we get to see the team work together, learn more about the origin of one of their members, and get an intriguing tease about the team’s leadership. Unfortunately, everything this issue accomplishes comes much too late in the run.

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