Justice League Dark and I, Vampire completed their crossover event this week, with both final parts of ‘Rise of the Vampires’ shipping simultaneously. It’s rather obvious that this was a story which had very different levels of editor involvement. I, Vampire more or less sidesteps the entire story, throws away the villain very quickly, and doesn’t pay much attention to any of the JLD team. The story is extremely light, with several pages which barely have any text at all. This is all done to showcase the astonishing art of Andrea Sorrentino, which makes it feel less like a cheat.
On the other hand, this is Peter Milligan’s last issue of Justice League Dark, and the strain shows. Now only does Milligan have to change his ‘important final battle’ to arbitrarily be this fight against a few mangy vampires, but Milligan is also asked to wrap up any dangling plot points at the same time as crossover with another title, and share a story with Joshua Fialkov. With Milligan getting shuffled off the book and pushed onto the almost-dead Stormwatch title, and Jeff Lemire coming on, Milligan also has to make sure his story lines up neatly into Lemire’s pitch for the book.