Writer: James Tynion IV & Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Otto Schmidt, Tom Napolitano, and Guillem March
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 25th, 2022
The war for Earth takes a decisive turn as the heroes prepare to strike back! Can Supergirl and her team in Australia escape to space? Will the Birds of Prey’s infiltration of Gotham City go unnoticed by the Vampire King? Can Green Arrow save the human cattle from the Blood Farm? The shocking answers await in this week’s DC Vs. Vampires #10 by James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg!
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Readers, I left DC Vs. Vampires #10 overly confused by the art. There were a variety of scenes that were extremely difficult to follow. For example, what happened to Black Adam in the opening pages? Regardless of whether or not you are reading DC Vs. Vampires: All-Out War, you should be able to decipher who’s fighting who and what’s happening from the illustrations. However, you can’t. Everything is a purple blur mixed with what appears to be fire. But sadly, that’s not all.
Additionally, there is a scene with Oliver and Grifter where I think Rosenberg & Tynion are attempting to inject some humor into the story. Nevertheless, the art is making it difficult to follow what exactly he’s doing with his necklace. And so, the joke falls flat with more zings about Green Arrow doing drugs and Grifter joining in that literally ends with potty humor. Furthermore, the illustrations poorly elaborate on Oliver’s actually plan until it happens which makes for pretty bad storytelling in a comic.
I think the average comic book fan doesn’t truly understand the importance of art in a comic. Many might argue for story over art simply because everyone envisions the reveals, twists, turns, and plot threads as the focal point of the comic. When in all reality, it’s the art team that’s the true unsung hero of a comic. You can have the best story with the most amazing plot threads and cliffhangers BUT if the art can’t showcase your story well, it’s going to flop.
A prime example of that was Tom King’s Batman run. The art throughout that entire series was absolutely stunning. It was crisp, detailed, bright, realistic, and jaw-dropping in every way. He certainly had an amazing eye for artists and it masked the lack of story, depth, and detail. Sadly, I think the opposite is happening here in DC Vs. Vampires. I feel that Rosenberg & Tynion actually have a clever story to tell but it’s being suppressed by the illustrations.
On a more positive note, I loved the knock at the character Punchline, especially being a Tynion creation. It was a clever dig from Harley that everyone basically thinks… yet never says. Punchline is ultimately another Harley Quinn (to a degree) but more sinister. And so, it was nice to see Rosenberg & Tynion take the time, as well as DC Comics, to poke a bit of fun at themselves.
However, while on the topic of Punchline, she offers the Batgirl Suicide Squad a deal that would cause them to kill a human… and she declines for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, the team gets locked up for two hours only to have Damian kill the person anyway. Nothing comes from this plot thread other than an attempt at another humorous scene with Harley escaping in the nude. My point is why did Rosenberg & Tynion flip-flop on the stance of “no killing humans”? And what point did it serve? Why didn’t Damian just come right out and agree to kill the person for them in the first place? The imprisonment scene was meaningless and merely attempted to provoke a joke that wasn’t needed.
One last little wrinkle throughout DC Vs. Vampire #10 was Batgirl’s plan. Overall, I liked her plan and it was rather clever by Rosenberg & Tynion. I love the irony of it and how the team can use it against King Dick. However, the setup and execution were awful. Rosenberg & Tynion’s explanation as to how the plan was put together makes no sense at all. Oftentimes, comic book writers try to have these epic reveals that are meant to floor the reader into thinking they’ve created a jaw-dropping moment. Nevertheless, with the proper plot threads laid out and foundational elements displayed throughout the story, the clever reveal simply turns into a straw man argument. As interesting as Batgirl’s plan may be, it’s just not believable with a better explanation of how and why. And even if things are better ironed out in DC Vs. Vampires: All-Out War (which they aren’t), the setup should take place in the actual comic and not a side extension.
And after all, I mentioned, I barely touched on the last team in Australia. Needless to say, the Australia angle was still a bit light on the story side. And once again, the renderings by the art team mixed with the deep reds made the art incredibly difficult to decipher what the Australian team found as their extremely minor part fell flat.
DC Vs. Vampire #10’s fatal flaw has to be the artistic renderings and illustrations this week mixed with forced humor that doesn’t hit the mark. The incredibly dark reds, messy images, and sharp line work makes for a difficult read. Additionally, the (what was supposed to be) epic reveal from Babs wasn’t very epic, came out of nowhere and felt like something that could have been done many issues ago. If this is the true answer to taking down King Dick, I’m flabbergasted as to why now is the time and this is the way. The premise seems quite silly. And last but not least, the Green Arrow story is by far the best premise of all three but received little air time. However, not as little as the Australia angle which is practically nonexistent and almost pointless.
Readers, I was holding out hope with how DC Vs. Vampire #9 looked that this series would finish strong. I absolutely loved the Green Arrow angle and thought Oliver was so bad$&$. Now, that angle was pushed aside and put on the back burner for the Batgirl Suicide Squad story that ultimately handcuffed the issue. If you’ve been following along since this series began, I can understand why you’re hanging in until the end. However, there is no reason to jump in now, and frankly, some of you may choose to bounce by this point. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!