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Should be retitled Batman & Friends Vs. Vampires, Werewolves and Lovecraftian Monsters
on October 13, 2009
While I enjoyed it overall, I must admit that I found this book to be a bit of a disappointment. First of all, I'm not entirely sure why Superman is mentioned in the title. He doesn't show up until the end of the second issue/chapter, and he gets about as much page time as Green Arrow and Jason Blood/Etrigan. Honestly, this is more of a Batman story. I'm fine with that, but it feels like a bit of false advertising.
The story concerns Batman's efforts to stop a mad doctor named Herbert Combs--get it?--who has been turning people into vampires and werewolves through means that are equally scientific and occult. (I may not have been reading closely enough, but I was never clear as to how this played into his endgame.) Along the way, he receives some help from his abovementioned allies, as well as Nightwing. (Wonder Woman also makes an appearance, but she is never seen interacting with the other heroes.)
The artwork by comics veteran Tom Mandrake is excellent and even a little reminiscent of Gene Colan's work on Tomb of Dracula. It definitely contributes to a story that, while it doesn't quite live up to its premise, is still fun and appropriate for October reading.