DC vs. Vampires #12

Writer: James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Otto Schmidt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 28, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 38
6.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The cataclysmic final issue of the bestselling series will end with a bang and a whimper! Green Arrow will lead humanity’s final charge from the blood mines of Smallville. Supergirl’s mission to get off-world comes to an explosive end. And it’s Batgirl versus Nightwing for the fate of the entire planet-the stakes couldn’t be higher as the future of humankind is on the line!

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Dec 27, 2022

    DC vs. Vampires#12 is a perfect close for the title, working to bring the final confrontation between Batgirl and Vampire King Dick Grayson to a close while hinting at a possible future for the title. Tynion and Rosenbergs script balances resolution and set-up to great effect, ensuring a satisfying read while offering a tease at a potential future conflict in this world. The script accomplishes this through strong characterization, working with Schmidts emotionally kinetic linework and pulsating colors. The art and colors are the most memorable element of this series, setting the title apart from anything else on the shelf. This book is a must-read for any DC fan, and a great way to draw new readers in, with strong characters thrown into a fun, cohesive Elseworld story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 28, 2022

    DC vs. Vampires #12 is a fantastic ending to the series. Hopefully, we get more. What's presented and hinted at leaves so much more to be done and so much more to explore. Easily one of the best "Elseworlds type event in some time, one that deserves an encore. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 27, 2022

    Its depiction of a world filled with intelligent monsters is compelling, but lacks the x-factor that made DCeased and other alternate universes so great. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 27, 2022

    That said, the only disappointing aspect of DC Vs. Vampires #12 that seemed to hinder my enjoyment a bit was the disjointed subplots that just didnt seem to connect as well as I thought they would and should have. Is this a must-buy? Well, by this point, if youre buying DC Vs. Vampires #12, its because youve been following along with the series to this point. So, why wouldnt you just buy the last issue anyway to see how it ends? Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray Jr. Dec 27, 2022

    I expect every storyteller to tell the story they want to tell without expecting another chance. DC Vs. Vampires is an unfinished meandering story with meandering tie-ins. Once Batman died, I don't think they knew where to take things. Hell, half of the characters wouldn't stop reminding me. I genuinely enjoyed most of the action and layout of most of the main series and spin-offs. I was able to invest in the trajectory of most characters they introduce. However, none of it leads to any satisfying conclusions or has anything better to say than "Isn't it cool that x-character is a vampire. Yes Tynion IV, it was cool. In fact, I love this book so much, I hope it never continues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Dec 28, 2022

    There are better vampire stories out there within the DC Universe, and for now this one feels mostly unfinished. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 27, 2022

    To walk it back for the sake of another spin-off, or worse a sequel, feels disingenuous and not worth the effort of following along any further. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 9, 2023

    Like many books I read now, there were some nice ka-pow moments in it. But I wonder if the moments were dreamed up and then the story was written around them. ("Wouldn't it be cool if Lobo showed up?") But the art! So beautiful! And at least Supergirl survived. A low bar I know. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Dec 29, 2022

    Overall, DC vs. Vampires' conclusion was a letdown to everything built before this issue. All the deaths and sacrifices made just for the story to be untouched do no justice to the readers. The injustice was the number of issues involved with the series just to have the first part almost repeated.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    ZONS9 Jan 5, 2023

    And so comes the conclusion to this fun, scary, tear-jerking and overall bizarre (in a good way) series.

    First a note: Vampire Wonder Woman is awesome and I want to see more of her (and her doing her own thing beyond jsut popping up in other characters' plot). And I say this as someone who despises the other evil versions of the character.

    Oliver's part is probably the most action-based, and he ends managing to do what he does best: help normal people. After this sucess, though, it's possible he may not be able to go back to his loved ones (see below).

    Kara's part provides the hope necessary for this not go go completely dark. Against all odds (and after the cruel cliffhanger of the last issue) and with a t more

  • 10
    Dex Rober Dec 31, 2022

    Holy sh*t. I really rally wasn't expecting that ending.

    Tynion is f*cking awesome at making horror interesting.

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    Yustebe Dec 31, 2022

    This was fire.

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    RivrSng Dec 30, 2022

    Well, as I've said before, it feels refreshing to have an Elseworlds with actual creativity in its storytelling approach, and this issue is the perfect example. The apocalypse plot takes a backseat to finish three personal stories (personal stakes work better than higher stakes) and character elements that were introduced issues ago have a payoff in a way that feels natural and understandable for the characters, while still keeping the momentum of the drama and having had "episodic" worldbuilding before this.

    This is how you do a serialized storytelling.

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    untheforte Dec 29, 2022

    This was fantastic.

    I don't know how popular or unpopular this opinion will be but, after this ending, I think I've enjoyed this second half more than I did the first, even though I know the first was super-popular.

    The first probably was more fun issue-to-issue (with the speculation and the like) but gotta admit I only started to read this recently and read it in one go. And in one go, this second half is just incredibly well told (and actually gets complimented by the first in some very fun ways, including the fact that you can go back and see who are going to be the two main chraracters of this finale from the very beginning).

    Something like say, Dceased, feels more like a traditional superhero story with more

  • 10
    Morne Dec 28, 2022

    wow. This was great.

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    HypoNarr Dec 27, 2022

    It's rare for me to find a comic that keeps me guessing *and interested* for more than a year, but damn, this did. Congratulations to the writers.

  • 10
    BLUSKEE Dec 27, 2022

    I just binge-read this whole series today and I lvoed it!

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    Praura Dec 27, 2022


    Personally? I found this to be pretty excellent. I've loved this series' combination of off-the-walls humour and ideas, horror and character moments of all kinds. It's DC meets unleashed Sam Raimi and/or Tim Burton at his most Tim Burton-esque (so Batman Returns).

    Vampire Nightwing finally clicked for me as an antagonist in this issue. The reveal was pretty cool, but after that we mostly followed the heroes so he was too much out-of-focus. He needed that "sneaky-little-bastard" energy that he gets here and I like that his motivations feel even rational enough from his POV even though they're completely twisted. But if there's a prequel showing more of him, I'll buy :) He had this combination of more

  • 10
    Renees Dec 27, 2022

    An excellent series overall, keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first issue to last.

  • 9.5
    VEGES Jan 1, 2023

    I actually enjoyed that swerve a lot.

  • 9.0
    veetoo Dec 30, 2022

    I thought this was very good. There's little to say that hasn't been said already but let me add one thing:

    I've seen some reviewers say that that this isn't an ending, that's sequel bait or blah blah blah... I completely and absolutely disagree with that.

    I'm going to get into spoiler territory so leave if you want to go unspoiled: We have three main characters with three personal objectives (rescue humans, get her powers back, take the king out respectively) that they *all* manage to accomplish, plot-points whose set up goes as far back as issue 1 (Lex Luthor's blood) have a pay-off and are closed-off, the main villain is defeated and one of the protagonists get irreparably changed. This is as much closure as you can more

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Dec 31, 2022

    I really liked and enjoy this little Elseworlds. It's a fun satisfying conclusion that met my expectations. The ending was a nice plot twist that the more I thought about, the more I appreciate. While this series hints at a sequel, for now the first series is a success to me. Dont know which one do I prefer, DCeased or DC Vs Vampires

  • 8.0
    Jawsh Dec 28, 2022

    Oh, there's gonna be more huh?

    And so the surprising blockbuster of the year comes to a close...
    What an insane series.

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  • 6.0
    Abrakadabra Dec 27, 2022

    It's weird to say but Rosenberg did a much better job on All Out War than Tynion on main title.

    In essence it's a generic story that isn't bad. And it's a good thing from DC these days. General premise, general characters, general predictable outcome of two lovers. Makes little sense and zero explanation why some vampires are completely evil and the others comoeltly good, but who cares. There is mindless action and it's fun.

    But it can go more than 6. Maybe with a top tier artist it could be 7. Alas it is not. So decent. Just this.

  • 5.0
    retcon_D Dec 31, 2022

    Unfortunately, this series really fell off for me after issue 6. I really wanted to like the latter half of this title, but ultimately it fell flat. It seems like James Tynion either wrote or had a majority of control over the first arc, then gave it off to someone else, which obviously looks to be the case as Rosenberg also writes this.

    Granted, I do enjoy Matthew Rosenberg as a writer, and I have found myself following a few titles of his that I genuinely enjoy. Unfortunately, DC vs. Vampires and Task Force Z were two duds, ironically both in their second arcs for me. The concepts were there, but the execution wasn't.

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  • 4.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Feb 26, 2023

    This sucks lmao

  • 1.0
    Bats20832 Dec 27, 2022

    For years, DC Comics has been going from Right is Might to Might is Right.

    And here we see Evil Triumphant, which fits within the dystopia values of so many of the DC Comics editors, content managers, and writers. It is a great issue symbolic of the "Anti-Hero Age," where heroes and heroines are only painted into stories to fail, be crushed, and defeated by the all-powerful omnipotent forces of evil, anti-human rights and crime. This is truly the identity of so much of DC Comics in today's world, when you forcefully pull back the curtain.

    It is not simply Barbara's surrender, embrace, and even CHAMPIONSHIP of evil.
    It is DC Comics looking for opportunities to pervert values of law, justice, humanity.
    Just li more

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