The Elseworld story is going through a renascence at DC Comics. These what-if style stories were a staple throughout the 90s and 2000s but lulled in prominence for much of the 2010s. However, they’re back in full force thanks to the hits such as Injustice and DCeased. One of the latest to capture readers’ attention is DC vs. Vampires.
As you can probably guess, DC vs. Vampires drops the Justice League into a world infested by vampires. Now they have to fend off a vampire invasion while figuring out who they can trust among them – anyone could secretly be a vampire.
The concept caught on with readers, with DC expanding it beyond the core series with supplemental material. This DC vs. Vampires reading order guide has been developed so you can make sense of it all and not miss out on any of the action. Read on to find out which comics you need to read, their recommended order, and more.
Is DC vs. Vampires part of the main DC Universe?
No. It’s set in its own universe where the events of the regular comics do not influence it. Due to this, the creators can do things you wouldn’t be able to do normally – such as turn heroes into vampires.
An advantage of this is that there’s no required reading to understand DC vs. Vampires.
The core of DC vs. Vampires is told in a maxiseries of the same name.
DC vs. Vampires
Written by James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Otto Schmidt.
Without giving away details, DC vs. Vampires is broken into two acts. The first act (issues #1-6) introduces readers to the world, introduces characters, sets up the world, and escalates the vampiric situation. The second act (issues #7-12) is where things go from bad to worse for our heroes.
Due to its popularity, the first 6 issues DC vs. Vampires has been reprinted in special three-in-one editions. These are a great way to catch up if you can’t wait for the hardcover editions later in the year.
DC vs. Vampires: Coffin Edition
Collects: DC vs. Vampires #1-3
DC vs. Vampires: Crypt Edition
Collects: DC vs. Vampires #4-6
DC vs. Vampires has several companion comics that expand and explore the world of the comic. These are all set after the status quo change in DC vs. Vampires #6 and explore the world deeper through different characters.
DC vs. Vampires: Hunters
Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Neil Googe.
Set after DC vs. Vampires #6, this one-shot focuses on Damian Wayne the vampire hunter.
DC vs. Vampires: Killers
Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Eduardo Mello and Mike Bowden.
This one-shot is also set after DC vs. Vampires #6 and focuses on what Harley Quinn has been up to in this vampire infested world.
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War
Written by Alex Paknadel, Matthew Rosenberg, and Guillaume Singelin. Art by Guillaume Singelin and Pasquale Qualano.
Finally, there’s DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War. This six-part series is a companion to the second half of the main series and focuses on what other characters are doing. One of the interesting parts of this series is that the art is presented in black, white, and red.
DC vs. Vampires reading order
Take a look below to get the full reading order of the DC vs. Vampires saga. This is perfect for anyone who wants to read everything or see how the supplemental material fits in with the main series.
Please note: This saga is still ongoing so so there may be changes to the reading order over the coming months.
DC vs. Vampires #1 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires #2 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires #3 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires #4 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires #5 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires #6 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires: Hunters (one-shot)
DC vs. Vampires: Killers (one-shot)
DC vs. Vampires #7 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #1 (of 6)
DC vs. Vampires #8 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #2 (of 6)
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #3 (of 6)
DC vs. Vampires #9 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #4 (of 6)
DC vs. Vampires #10 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #5 (of 6)
DC vs. Vampires #11 (of 12)
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #6 (of 6)
DC vs. Vampires #12 (of 12)
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Prefer to read DC vs. Vampire in a collected format? Here are the releases that DC Comics has announced so far.
DC vs. Vampires Volume 1
Collects: DC vs. Vampires #1-6
This will be available in hardcover in September. DC haven’t announced when the rest of DC vs. Vampires will be collected yet. I’ll update this section when they do.