The out-of-continuity bloodsucking action continues in DC vs Vampires #5. Though we’re not quite halfway through the planned 12-issue run of this limited series, it has been hugely eventful already – and it feels like lots of heroes have either fallen or have been revealed to have secretly been vampires for who knows how long.

Batman’s being framed as being a vampire, precisely because the World’s Greatest Detective has come too close to the truth about which heroes have fangs and fear the sun. So it’s a bit of a civil war that takes up a lot of this issue, with the Justice League splitting into factions of heroes, vampires and heroes manipulated into believing that other good guys have been turned. We also get our first big scene with the Suicide Squad – and there’s at least one of their number who has developed an aversion to sunlight too…

There’s something off about the art in this issue, which seems to be trying way too hard to be EXTREME in a bit of a non-complimentary, 90s way. Though a few compositions stand out as brilliantly done – a Suicide Squad vampire reveal is perfectly and very satisfyingly rendered – on the whole, it left me as cold as a vampire’s skin.

It’s well written at least, though some of the backstabbing, double crossing and manipulation is a bit confusing over the course of the issue, which packs an awful lot of events into its page count.

It’s a good read, but does perhaps suffer at this point from being over ambitious – though this could just be a bit of a mid-series lull before we ramp up towards the third act again. Still worth keeping up with if you’ve enjoyed the series so far, but it doesn’t reach the high watermark set by the opening chapters of the series.

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