Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
What They Say:
The world is dying at the hands of the infected, and the very survival of humanity is at stake. Facing extinction, Superman and the heroes will make a decision that will fundamentally alter Earth’s present…and future!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As much as I love the ongoing continuity of most shared universe books, I have a real love for those that step to the side and tell a self-contained story without having to worry about it. It’s why I was such a big fan of the Injustice series, which Tom Taylor wrote a huge chunk of. With DCeased, he’s got a great title, a great concept, and is running with it in full – with the right humor and snark along the way. He’s also very well paired with Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Gaudiano on the art side as they’re giving the emotion in the script real life on the page while Rain Beredo’s color work digs right to create something that feels very oppressive and grim with all the greys and other colors used. It’s a strong book from every corner.
With so many having fallen at this point, the book takes on a darker turn – if that was even possible. The reality is that with so many lost, and Metropolis along with others obliterated at the end of the previous issue, the reality has finally sunk in. With a little cajoling, Diana gets Paradise Island to expand with more seafloor brought to the surface in order to bring survivors there. Dick, as Batman, heads to Gotham to get Ivy and Harley to do the same there as Ivy has created a protective wall that is keeping people safe. This allows the heroes to retreat to the Fortress of Solitude to work on plans after spending time going around the world destroying every server and broadcasting piece that they can. It’s never going to get everything but it lets them spend time with the next phase.
A phase that includes Luthor, who still manages to get his digs into Superman from time to time which doesn’t go over well – but reads beautifully. The main argument that comes is that Luthor and others believe it’s time to abandon the world as they can get about seven million people out of there. A contingent isn’t aligned with that but are hard-pressed to really offer a solution that will get them past where we are here. But even that gets put to the side when an unexpected hero shows up, infected, and turns the entire thing into chaos. It’s disturbing chaos that leads to a match-up that’s just horrendous to even think about but has always been part of the lore of fandom in how it would really play out. That Taylor took us there is no surprise as he played with similar situations in Injustice. But here, it feels like it has a greater weight than it would if shown there.
DCeased has been a real delight in how it’s giving us a survival-horror series, superhero style, where it just goes from really bad to incredibly bad in the blink of an eye. It moves to that next phase here which you’d expect as we head into the finale in the next issue. And that can’t get here soon enough. This is an absolutely bonkers kind of book that should make for a great coffee table style hardcover at some point with the full run because it is so accessible and tickles that side of fandom that gets its due regularly enough but not with this style and design. I can’t recommend it enough as a whole.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: October 2nd, 2019