DC vs Vampires #2
Written by James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Otto Schmidt
Colors by Otto Schmidt
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: Batman begins to investigate the vampire threat and a member of the League moves forward with a dark plan.
Vampire Hal Jordan continues to fulfill his unknown master’s plan by taking out a powerful magical threat. In the aftermath, he is grilled about what Bennett was doing in the week he was missing and tasked with continuing the plan while trying to discover who else knows. At the same time, Batman gathers his closes allies at the mansion to tell them what he knows as well as verify that they haven’t been compromised.
A group of villains meets to discuss how some of them have gone missing. A meeting that is interrupted by Green Arrow who not only exposes one of the vampires, but gives them a warning about what’s coming. Hal eventually calls on a colleague in the Justice League for a secret meeting and decides to take his friend out of the equation as the next phase of the vampire plan begins.
The Story: The writers continue to take this story in some dark, emotional directions. All of the moving parts of the story work really well and each subplot serves the main story brilliantly while keeping the mystery fresh and intriguing. The Batman moments were perfectly done and balanced the precarious nature of his trust issues. The Hal Jordan moments are interesting as well and allowed for some nuance in his characterization.
The Art: Otto Schmidt delivers some impressive and beautifully character focused art. The action is visually thrilling throughout and I really enjoy both the character details and the color pallet.