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In my opinion, 'Bloodstorm' is the best of the 'Batman Vampire' saga, and I would recommend you find the real thing as there's a lot of good stuff that I had to excise. Picking up from where 'Red Rain' left off, Dracula is dead but Batman is now a vampire and must deal with his thirst.

The story begins with Batman out on patrol when he discovers the body of a woman attacked by vampires. He realizes that there must be another nest of Dracula's vampires somewhere in the city, and that he still has work to do.

Back with Joker and his vampire clan, he tells them that it's time to stop feasting on the weak and the homeless but to engorge their ranks on richer blood. The vampires start attacking various mafia families in Gotham.

Batman realizes something is up with the vampires making attacks on high-profile figures. He stakes some of them, but one of them calls him out on his apparent hypocrisy in hunting his own kind. Batman responds that he's not like them and doesn't take blood, but the other tells him that it's only a matter of time before he succumbs to his thirst. Batman kills him, but is disturbed by what he has heard.

The undead can't cross running water, and Creach is unable to pursue her.

After a week, all of Gotham's crime families are now vampires, and the Joker believes them to be untouchable. Once all of Gotham is turned, he declares, they'll go national.

Batman infiltrates a nightclub that the vampires have taken over, and discovers that the Joker is running things. He dispatches of the vampires there but is almost tempted by a woman who had yet to be turned.

Creach tells Joker that he's worried about Batman taking down their kind, but Joker tells him not to worry and that he'll set a trap.

Batman manages to overcome Catwoman and is about to stake her. Catwoman tells him to go ahead, he turned her so he should end it.

Later, Alfred brings Batman some sustenance.

Batman and Catwoman proceed to take down more vampires, and Batman decides to ask Alfred for help.

Meanwhile, during the day, Alfred and Gordon stake and behead vampires in their coffins.

The vampires' ranks are seriously depleted, with only fifteen left in the entire city. Creach blames Joker for this, saying that the vampires "living large" have just made them easier to hunt down and kill. Joker says that it's not too late, that there's still time to set a trap for Batman.

Batman and Catwoman follow the Joker to Parish of the Rosy Cross, where the vampires are waiting for them armed with crossbows bolted with wooden stakes.

Date: 2015-10-12 05:46 pm (UTC)
crinos: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crinos
A couple of comments:

1) That cover with the overly muscled Batman is ridiculous looking. When I first saw it years ago (it was on the back of an issue of Wizard Magazine), I thought it was his upper arm, Last time this was posted here someone told me that was his knee, WHICH SOMEHOW MAKES EVEN LESS SENSE.

2) I love the idea that Joker (and by extension Gotham villains) are so crazy and vile that even actual real monsters can't hang with them (See also the one off where a Werewolf is put in Arkham and transforms. Things to not go well for him. IIRC Two Face kills him with his coin.)

Date: 2015-10-13 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zapbiffpow
I agree with the overly-muscled Batman. It's like he's got clumps of mini-tumors all over his body.

Date: 2015-10-12 06:34 pm (UTC)
onceaskrull: (SPN: Castiel I dont understand)
From: [personal profile] onceaskrull
what is going on with that cover I can't

Date: 2015-10-12 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
I do love the idea of Joker having the last laugh. it's a pretty good way to end an elseworld like this if they had leave it as it was instead of releasing a third story...

Date: 2015-10-12 06:59 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
That stake is nowhere near Batman's heart, which is likely to be a problem.

Date: 2015-10-12 09:10 pm (UTC)
reveen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] reveen
What is going on with this art? All the goofy, political cartoon looking faces, and then BOOM SCARY MONSTER FACE.

Date: 2015-10-12 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
Kelley Jones honed his skills on Sandman and no-one had the heart to tell him that Batman, for the most part, is *not* about shapeshifting immortals.

Date: 2015-10-13 02:04 am (UTC)
baihu: (Default)
From: [personal profile] baihu
I like how Joker looks in this, and his scenes are honestly pretty awesome.

But then you get panels where Batman goes horizontal and "NYAAAARWH!" and that destroys all the magic.


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