Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Marco Failia
Colors: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
What They Say:
The world needs a Batman but Damian is struggling with the enormity of the mantle…can the Man of Steel help? And seeking safe haven, Suicide Squad’s Wink and The Aerie reach the fortress of Jotunheim…but is anywhere left on Earth safe from the unliving?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With a lot of ground, locations, and characters that can be covered, Tom Taylor is keeping his eye on the ball in expanding certain areas of this storytelling while digging into some of the core pieces a bit more that the original miniseries didn’t have time to dig into. This installment brings us Marca Failia on the artwork and he’s got a good look for it that some might think leans a little too much into the cartoonish but at the same time I think works well for this. Especially with the characters used here as it helps to soften certain elements and can lead us into a different artist that may put a bit more realistic edge on it that might not feel like it works at first.
The new sub-storyline playing out here brings us The Aerie and Wink as they’re making the journey to the Jotunheim fortress located in Qurac after their people had fallen to the virus. It’s been a long journey over three days for him carrying Wink but they’ve made it and through the defense that Manticore and the others setup. Their hope is to offer services here in order to stay and survive but the reality is that survival in a single location isn’t going to happen on Earth for a great many. The trade of skills is a smart one and with The Aerie able to scout, he can help fill them in on some of what’s going on in the surrounding area. The problem, as we’ve seen before, is that Qurac is falling thanks to Black Adam being infected and that’s now overflowing everywhere and Jotunheim is coming up next.
The other storyline is more interesting since I’m more familiar with the characters as it delves into the Fortress of Solitude where Damian is struggling with what Bruce has left him. I really like seeing how he and Jon communicate because they have shared issues that while different are understandable between them when it comes to their fathers. But I really like that it’s Superman that sits down with him, with Jon convincing him to do so, and really gets to the heart of Damian’s trepidation. While he does think he may look a bit silly in his father’s suit, it’s more about admitting the loss. But this is a cycle that Bruce was unable to break and now it’s on Damian to deal with the painful loss of a parent and do something about it by protecting others and standing in the way of the darkness ahead. It’s a really good sequence overall and I even really liked the way Jon looked so proud of his friend.
DCeased continue to be the kind of out of continuity series I wanted to see after Injustice wrapped up. It’s no surprise that Taylor is nailing every aspect of it because he gets these characters en masse and knows how to work this kind of storytelling. I thoroughly enjoyed the original series and how tightly written it was but I’m thrilled we’re getting so many expanded elements to it because there’s a lot of great storytelling to work with and artists that can be showcased through it. This installment is a big one for me when it comes to Damian, almost making me like him, and just seeing the transformation come through as it does.
Age Rating: 12+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology and Amazon Kindle
Release Date: June 30th, 2020