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A. Quinton — Sep. 9th 2008
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You’ve got your Man of Steel and your Dark Knight in one corner, and your werewolves and vampires in the other corner. This October, DC Comics is hoping you’ll put a big pile of money right in the middle so these four forces can all grab a fistful. Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves is a four-issue, bi-weekly title written by Kevin VanHook and illustrated by Tom Mandrake, and if it seems like I’m having a hard time getting excited about this, that’s because I am. Check this official synopsis and see if you don’t wind up the same way:
A man is killed by a mysterious creature – his body drained of blood. A woman is savagely attacked by a ferocious beast – her jugular ripped out. Bat wings flutter across the moon and the howl of a wolf echoes through the streets, for the creatures of the night have risen from the grave, and humanity’s only salvation is the combined might of The Last Son of Krypton and The Dark Knight Detective. Blood will run red when Superman and Batman face off against vampires and werewolves for the fate of the entire DCU!
See, I’m… I’m just not feeling it, guys. There aren’t a lot of plot points there to criticize, but already this feels like the sort of thing that’s been done a dozen times before, and in ways that seemed less like a deliberate cash-grab. I’m ready to have my mind changed, but I don’t have a lot of interest in this one. What about you?