Review: DC VS Vampires: Hunters #1
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Neil Googe
Letters: Troy Peteri
Colors: Antonio Fabela
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
“I was warned that immortality can make one nostalgic, but I didn’t expect it to happen quite so soon. – NIghtwing to Alfred
Matthew Rosenberg provides a wonderful sidebar story in the DC versus Vampires storyline. As a recent fan of all the alternate timelines in which Tom Taylor’s DCeased, Sean Murphy’s White Knight, and Rosenberg’s DC vs Vampires, we get the best of “what could be”.
As we already know, the vampire king is Dick Grayson, but the implications of this are explored on a lot of different levels by Rosenberg. Pair that with a vampire hunter in Damian Wayne (albeit, he is a vampire as well…shades of Marvel’s Blade) and you get quite the family affair of sibling rivalry.
Enter Alfred. Why did DC kill him in the main timeline? Sigh… his voice is one of reason, for both Dick and Damian.
The artwork is reminiscent of what is going on in Tom Taylor’s Nightwing comic. The panels and the “map” type storytelling is excellent. I hope this type of storytelling continues to bleed to other artists as Neil Googe knocks this out of the park!
Interestingly enough, there is one in this book. If Dick knows that Damian is going to kill him and he subsequently encourages his vampire minions to kill Damian, why do we have the ending we have? No spoilers here on the ending, but it gives cause to pause as Dick gives all the wrong cues to end up where he is now. Huge plot hole!Verdict
Rosenberg gives us a great diversion story that delves a bit deeper into the Bat family angst in this vampire world. Is this a cliffhanger, a one-shot, or a cash grab? I mean… I’ll pay for Alfred to be placed into a Lazarus Pit anytime?