DCEASED #1 review

DCeased (DC Comics)

Synopsis

You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!

“I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was Death, and Hades was following close behind him.”-Revelation 6:8 
A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction.

 The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? 

 New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE) returns with a terrifying new tale and is joined by artists Trevor Hairsine (LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT) and Stefano Gaudiano (The Walking Dead).

Review

This week we finally got our first full look at DCeased from the mind of Tom Taylor. The series has been teased on social media for a number of weeks now with anticipation amongst hardcore DC fans at an all-time high.

The question remained: would the series live up to the hype?

The short answer to that question is yes!

Taylor has crafted a story which doesn’t simply bend the DC Universe to meet the world of zombies. This issue opens with the Justice League at the tail end of a confrontation with Darkseid. The events of that confrontation and what comes next are what leads to the virus outbreak back on Earth.

It’s a clever way to keep the story in the context of the wider DC world. I really appreciated the effort Taylor made to include plenty of characters in this opening issue both for spectacle but also for context.

There’s a real global sensibility to the story, seeing Metropolis and Gotham amongst locations as well as plenty of supporting players in each of those worlds.

There’s some intense imagery which also ensure the book becomes a page turner. Even in your wildest halloween dreams you haven’t seen some of the images that can be found in DCeased.

The artwork of DCeased is provided by quite the heavy hitting team. Trevor Hairsine, James Warren, Stefano Guadiano and Ranier Beredo have crafted a book which leans heavily in to the nature of its story.

Whilst some of the early pages in the book do lack some fine detail that is more than made up for when characters begin to tare each other (and themselves) apart.

The last page will certainly leave a lasting impression on the mind in readiness for issue #2!

Verdict

The first issue of DCeased is an excellent introduction to this new horror-tinged version of the world of DC. Plenty of intrigue and enough DC-spin give the story a unique angle and some fresh artwork by Hairsine and Harren definitely has me clamouring for more zombie action.

8/10

DCeased #1 is written by Tom Taylor with pencils by Trevor Hairsine and James Harren, inks by Harren and Stefano Guadiano and colours by Rainier Beredo.

You can pickup your copy of DCeased #1 now where all good comics are sold!

DCeased #1 cover art by Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia

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Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & Tv and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG