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Vanish #8

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Based on 7 critic ratings.


The past, present, and future collide, and Oliver Harrison’s life will forever be changed! Will the decades-long battle over the ashes of Everkeep end here, or have we only seen the beginning of an inferno? The cataclysmic extra-length conclusion to our first VANISH storyline is here!

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  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

    I simply adored reading this. The back-and-forth between the inner dialogue of Oliver and the fight happening outside is fantastic and even though this is the first time reading this particular story I was enthralled right from the first page. The writing is quick, packed with action, and gives you an overall sense of the world the characters inhabit without having to go into boring details. It also helps that we get to see an in-depth look at the character’s pasts through flashbacks because it allows us to quickly grasp where we are and what is happening without so much as having to read any of the previous issues, which is fantastic. This is one of those comics that stands above and beyond for its masterful writing and equally masterful art. All that being said, after reading this issue I need to read the previous ones and whatever comes after this one, because I am engaged!

  • 89

    Comic Watch

    Vanish #8 is a surprisingly quiet ending to the first major story arc from this title. Dark and concerning, this book was completely unafraid to revel in and condemn its at times messy representations of trauma, addiction, and human cowardice when facing those things down. The at times lopsided messaging can be concerning at times, but thanks to the strong plotting, character writing, and brilliant artwork, the book manages to end off with excitement and promise.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Stegman and Cates bring this arc to an action packed, thrilling and exciting conclusion. The story takes some really interesting turns throughout and the internal struggle between Oliver and Vanish makes for great drama. I loved learning more about the characters and their internal struggles and the story comes to a cliffhanger that makes me excited to see explored.

    The Art: Both artists brings fantastic details to every page and panel of this issue. I love the art and how bold and exciting it is. It perfectly captures the tone of the story being revealed.

  • 70

    Vanish has been one of the most emotionally taxing stories in recent memory for me, as you can’t help but root for Oliver to get his life back, and the finale in Vanish #8 may be the hardest hitting issue to date. Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, V Ken Marion, and Sonia Oback deliver a visceral and heart wrenching finale, but at every point you’re completely immersed and on the edge of your seat. That makes the blowback of the ending that much more severe, and while I get the themes and the element of surprise, I can’t help but think a happier ending would’ve resonated far more with me personally. It’s a kick to the gut, and yet that’s also in keeping with a variety of themes in Vanish as a series. It’s part of what has made this series so impactful, and so it does feel in a way fitting that the ending would follow suit. That ending took the wind out of my sails, but it’s one that I will be thinking of for quite some time, so in that aspect it was a complete success.

  • 70


    This is a story about destruction — not only of the evil in the world but how those very same acts and instincts can build something new. New isn’t always better, as Oliver sees first hand, but transformation through sacrifice seems to be a perfect lesson for our wayward hero.


    My only issue, though, is the state of Oliver in this forthcoming arc. Without spoiling too much, it would seem he’s going to take on perhaps a more antagonistic role, and that could be interesting if not a little hard to swallow given the inroads that he’s made to becoming a better person. But then maybe that’s the point: if we’re to see Oliver’s redemption, he needs to get into some truly deep and dark places. And if Cates and Stegman are on the case, then we’re going to be delightfully wading in the filth right alongside Oliver and company.

  • 70

    First Comics News

  • 40

    You Don't Read Comics

    The force of the impact across page and panel is kind of impressive. The story that has been delivered over the course of the first eight issues is fun, but it wouldn’t be enough to justify its existence alone without the impact of the visual reality of Vanish, which isn’t enough to make it work as a complete narrative. So much of the basic premise of the plot is a fusion of various cliches. The first eight issues have been fun, but they haven’t amounted to much.

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