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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book but not the whole story..., 11 Mar. 2006
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S. Bentley "stuarthoratiobentley" (North Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Day of Vengeance (Paperback)
Day of Vengeance is one of the lead-ins to DC's Infinite Crisis, which I suspect will be collected either later this year or early next year. As such, you do not get the full story, although the writer does a good job of making the story stand on its own.
In fact there are two stories here, the first is a Superman/Captain Marvel story, in which Superman is possessed by Eclipso, a stalwart DC villain. The second story is the tale of how Eclipso seduces the Spectre, Angel of Vengeance, into destroying all magic as it exists in the DC universe and features a virtual who's who of magical characters. A small group of lesser such characters joins together to stop the Spectre as he wreaks havoc in various imaginative ways. Many of these you may not have heard of, although for me a couple were a lot of fun to see again (for example the Blue Devil who was in the first American comic I saw as a kid). It's a real tale of the underdogs, who include in their number an alcoholic detective chimp who is immortal and can talk all languages, human and animal, against one of the greatest powers in existence.
The story is well-told with nice character moments inbetween the wide screen action. There is humour and drama and some clever twists. The art is on the whole very good, not so realistic that it takes you out of your suspended disbelief but lively and expressive and rich in detail.
If there are failings they are that the ending isn't a real ending, and that the woman Eclipso ultimately possesses will mean nothing to you if you haven't read or read about Identity Crisis. I can't really say any more than that for fear of spoiling both those stories. But if you add in the text features that give us the background of the characters and the history of magic in the DC universe, this is well worth buying, especially if you're interested in how DC plans to remake their universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best lead-ins to infinite crisis, 19 Feb. 2008
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Mr. A. Hackett "Socialite" (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have been collecting all the graphic novels from the infinite crisis lead-ins and this one I have to say stood out. As a person who has been more of a marvellite than a DCer, I found that I knew the main aspects of the DC world such as the main players like batman and the JLA, but knew little about the aspects of the DC world such as magic.
I think that the great thing about this graphic novel is the fact that it has two stories, both individually great to read. The first is very much a small time 3-parter following a load of random suicides and deaths induced by anger, which superman and Captain Marvel come in to investigate. This leads subtly into the next story.
The second story is about the fact that the spectre (a higher power that believes in punishing evil justly) is going on a rampage attempting to destroy all magic after losing its host (which I assume is Hal Jordan).
Both stories I have to say are great, but the second stands out because of the interesting cast of characters.
This graphic novel introduces the formation of the team known as shadowpact, a group of magicians and magical powered beings. I like this book more because it has lead onto shadowpact getting its own series and I hope to follow it.
I havn't read infinite crisis yet but I think when I look back on the lead-ins, this will be my personal favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Day of Vengeance has arrived, 14 Aug. 2013
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The Spectre, a cosmic entity and the embodiment of God's vengeance on Earth and with a human soul uses his powers to punish the truly wicked is once again without a human soul. During Green Lantern: Rebirth, the original Green Lantern Hal Jordan was brought back to life after becoming the Spectre during the Day of Judgment in 1999. The Spectre is causing chaos continuing his mission to punish the wicked people until suddenly, another famous cosmic entity appears, Eclipso. Eclipso is much more a darker version of the Spectre representing himself as the wrath of God been bonded recently to Jean Loring, the wife of longtime JLA member, the Atom (Ray Palmer) after the events of the Idenity Crisis where she murdered Sue Dibny, the wife of another longtime JLA member, the Elongated Man. Eclipso convinces the Spectre the magic is evil in the DC Universe because it breaks the laws of nature set by God. It all makes since to the Spectre, who and Eclipso now try to destroy magic the DC Universe.

However, there's a group of Sorcerers called the Shadowpact that battle back the Spectre and Eclipso. The group consists of Enchantress, Ragman, Blue Devil, Detective Chimp, Nightshade and Nightmaster. While that's happening, the anicent wizard Shazam recruits his champion Captain Thunder to battle the Spectre so that he can prepare to battle the Spectre. It is a very dangerous battle for Shadowpact and Captain Thunder (Billy Batson) as they battle the Spectre and Eclipso. Will Shadowpact and Captain Thunder succeed in winning the battle against the Spectre and Eclipso or will Spectre and Eclipso successfully accomplish their mission?

Very well done this tie-in to the Infinite Crisis. Eclipso looks like the DC Universe's version of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. I love the fact that one of the Shadowpact heroes mention Darth Vader from Star Wars in one of the moments. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Day of Vengeance is Magic, 19 Aug. 2006
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This collection of comics is incredible, offering both beautiful art and wonderful literature. What I enjoyed most about Day of Vengeance is the fact that the main characters aren't well known and are minor in the DC Universe compared to characters such as Batman and Superman.

The plot is basically that a servent of God, The Spectre, has gone insane and has declared war on all magical beings on Earth. A group of minor heroes choose to fight back, attempting to prevent the destruction of all magic. At the same time, Captain Marvel, a magical being who's strength is comparable to Superman's, is on a mission to stop this Spectre.

The best part of this comic book is the duel literature employed throughout the comic. There are five members of the group who are standing up to this Godly figure, The Spectre, and each of them have different emotions and beliefs. The writers let the reader dwell into each of these characters minds and allow the reader to understand the members attitudes towards others, allowing the writers to include humour in a comic where death is frequent.

Overrall this comic is amazing, and probably the best out of the "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" collection, and is a vital read for anyone who loves reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical superhero action, 31 Dec. 2007
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T. R. Alexander (East Anglia, UK) - See all my reviews
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Day of Vengeance is part of the build-up for the Infinite Crisis event and as such is best read as part of that series, although it would still be entertaining enough for stand alone reading. In the book Eclipso, the original spirit of vengeance, is searching for a new host to help it spread chaos and it has set its sights on Superman but Captain Marvel stops it's scheming for a time. This doesn't last long, however and Eclipso rises again in order to seduce the current spirit of vengeance, the all powerful Spectre, and what they plan together will have massive repercussions for all magic users.

Although I have read only a few graphic novels so far, Day of Vengeance is by far my favourite. The writing is funny, exciting and involving and the art is great throughout. Eclipso itself is a brilliant adversary who has been exceedingly well written and the magical team, the Shadowpact, is very interesting and I will definitely seek out more of there stories whenever I can. This book is an important step in the Countdown to Infinite Crisis and is also a highly interesting read in its own right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great as a lead-in or a standalone story., 8 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Day of Vengeance (Paperback)
This collection provides some of the important backstory for the Infinite Crisis storyline. However, it stands alone very well and can easily be read and enjoyed in isolation. This stems partly from the inclusion of a three issue story from Superman comics providing a prologue to the Day of Vengeance storyline, hugely increasing the value-for-money of this book.
Most importantly, the story itself is very good. I had never encountered most of the characters within this series but they were well written enough that they immediately seemed familiar and interesting. The Spectre comes across as a bit of a numpty for a 'Spirit of Vengeance' but as he is essentially the villain of the piece it doesn't matter too much. Overall this is a very entertaining read and a good place to start if seeking a gentle introduction to some of the DC Universe's many magical characters.
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