As the cover for DC vs Vampires #7 rather dramatically – but accurately – states, the battle between the DC Universe’s heroes and the legions of super-powered vampires is over. The vampires, with many ex-heroes among them, have won. Strange times make for strange bedfellows, however; a dwindling army of heroes and villains come together to try and fight back against the devious, powerful bloodsuckers – despite the nearly impossible odds that are stacked against them.

Despite a massive and very impressive fight scene in this issue, it does feel a little like it’s composed mostly of exposition, with lots of groundwork being laid for the final few acts of the story. Consequently, it lacks many of the big narrative shocks that have worked so well over the course of the first half of the story, though that’s not to say that it’s without devastating surprises itself. The fate of at least one major character is cruelly, heartbreakingly handled – almost dismissively – as a warning to other heroes who may try to stop the vampires. It’s very effective.

The biggest problem is featuring so many characters, however, because so few of them have anything significant to do. There have been spin off issues of course, and another text box advises that a further side story is on the way, but that does feel a bit like a cop out in a story that’s already composed of twelve issues.

Due to there being no concerns about the story needing to fit into continuity in any way, it’s still pretty refreshing to see big moves being made in terms of who makes it and who doesn’t. Though you may expect certain characters to have remained at the forefront of the action, some have already perished (though you never know, they may make some kind of return) and some have joined the vampires. Another problem here is that we spend so little time with the vampires, so their current plans remain a little murky.

It’s a great series so far though, despite a couple of weak issues up until now. Though it can’t match the cliffhanger of the sixth issue, it’s got a pretty good one that should see us having some fun in the next issue. Its unpredictability is a real strength – without the need to cover any character in plot armour – and that’s really refreshing for a modern comic from the Big Two.

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