Again, coinciding with First Second Books’ Vampire Month, here’s the next in our alphabet of comic book vampires!
In perhaps his most notable work for DC Comics, Doug Moench produced, with artist Kelley Jones, a trilogy of Elseworlds graphic novels depicting Batman becoming a vampire. It began in Batman vs. Dracula: Red Rain, which was a lot of the inspiration for a Batman cartoon movie years later.
In the story, Batman defeats Dracula but in doing so, loses his humanity forever. However, Gotham now has a Batman…forever!
However, in the sequel a few years later, Bloodstorm, things have changed.
Batman is getting increasingly hard to maintain his heroism, and once his love, Catwoman, is murdered, he goes totally over the bend, leading to Gordon and Alfred having to stake him.
That, however, is not the end, as there is one more one-shot, Crimson Mist, where Gordon and Alfred did not decapitate Batman, so once Alfred removes the stake, Batman is back. Alfred does so because Gotham needs Batman – even a half-insane vampire Batman!
In the end, well, everyone dies.
But Batman is able to control himself enough to walk into the sun, ending his reign as a vampire.
But boy, was it cool while it lasted!
Since then, the Batman vampire world has become one of the 52 Earths.