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DC vs. Vampires #10 [of 12]

Scheduled to arrive in stores: October 25, 2022
Cover date: December 2022

"DC vs. Vampires"

Writer: James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Cover: Guillem March
Variant Covers: Nathan Szerdy and John Giang

Reviewed by: Craig Boehmer
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The comic book starts with Damian leading Batgirl's team in to Gotham. On the river they are discovered by Black Adam, who vanishes into flames via Damian's secret weapon. Meanwhile Oliver is captured by Hawkman. Both men give the other one more chance to join them. Neither budge, so Oliver stays in the prison.

Back in Gotham Punchline captures and imprisons Batgirl's team unless they kill Two Face for her. Damian does this off panel. Then, Steel, Supergirl, and the Wonder Twin finally arrive in Australia and find a giant rocket ship. While that occurs Oliver reanimates Swamp Thing using his pee.

And in Gotham Batgirl unveils her secret UV lamps she had slowly set up around Gotham to attack Dick.

4Story - 4: These writers are two of my favorites currently working in comics. This story is coming along nicely. Damian is such a good character in this, and I loved Barbara's plan in Gotham. Ollie is also awesome, and I enjoyed how hr smuggled Swamp Thing in.

3Art - 3: I've begun to accept that Schmidt just cannot draw faces well. They are exaggerated in awkward ways and far too angular. There were many panels where Harley's face just looked terrible. I should probably give a lower score, but there are some good things Otto does. The action pieces flow nicely, and there is a great overall sense of gloom appropriate to the world felt in the art.

5Cover Art - 5: These ladies are ready to fight! A great image showing Batgirl and Huntress, ready to enter Gotham.

3Variant Cover Art A - 3: The body proportion is a little off for this one. Specifically the head is too far back and the leg is at the wrong angle. But I like the serene look on her face as she destroys vampires.

5Variant Cover Art B - 5: That is one creepy and terrifying image.

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