Batman's AWOL as Vampires Overrun Gotham in This Justice League Dark #7 Preview

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One of the more impressive things about DC Comics' New 52 reboot is how they've made horror and superheroics co-exist, without either genre seeming diminished. Whether it's the Rot turning Animal Man's life upside down or Batman's encounter with I, Vampire's Andrew Bennett, the mystical terrors that surface in the new continuity don't seem like they're afraid of the science-powered do-gooders.

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But it's a case of magic vs. magic in Justice League Dark #7. It's part of a two-title crossover with I, Vampire that sees the misfit super-team—with members like Deadman, John Constantine and Madame Xanadu—heading to Gotham as a vampire infestation turns Batman's hometown even bloodier than normal. I'm liking the looks of Daniel Sampere's art here, as it ramps up the realism while pairing well with a saturated color palette. But, man, Shade the Changing Man isn't being terribly helpful, is he? Then again, Batman's not even around and he's the guy always talking about "this is my town." Whatever, Bruce.

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TheRealDoshu
TheRealDoshu

Another day, another bullshit storyline. I guess i'm just blazé after years of comics doing stupid things to their casts and stories — inventing idiotic powers, weaknesses, killing the whole concept of death in comics (which is way less cool than it sounds). I dunno anymore, man.

Maybe the innovation is in something else — how subjects are handled/presented, etc. I suppose having horror and heroes coexist successfully could just be such an innovation. Plus there are those who don't care about innovation and just want to enjoy what they've always enjoyed which is also fine as paint.

Regardless, tired of vampires. No thanks.