Writer(s): Tom Taylor.
Artist(s): Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Faudiano, Laura Braga, Richard Friend, James Harren, Darick Robertson, Trevor Scott & Neil Edwards.
Colourist(s): Rain Beredo.
Letterer(s): Saida Temofonte.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: November 26th, 2019.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction, Horror.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
It has always been a huge question that has tortured many fans regarding our heroes: What happens if they all turned against each other? Leave it to writer Tom Taylor, the very man who brought us Injustice, to explore it through another wild and ambitious project centered around zombies and their reign on Earth as heroes don’t remain immune to the epidemic and fear for the lives of all, including their own. While this story leads to some of the most scariest and daunting decisions possible regarding the heroes of the DC universe, it remains a tale that needs to be explored to satisfy the darkest desires of all fans.
What is DCeased about? Darkseid spares no one as he unleashes a deadly virus onto Earth thanks to a corrupted Anti-Life Equation from Apokolips. Transforming all individuals in contact with the Internet, the decease infects them at the core of their biology and forever changes them into monsters with no way to revert the infection before it spreads and dehumanizes the person. To survive this apocalypse, the heroes must join forces for one last time before humanity becomes extinct. However, with no hope in sight, where will they go to find their answers? And even worse, who will do what’s needed for everyone to survive? Collecting issues #1-6, this is not a story for the faint of hearts.
To enjoy this story by writer Tom Taylor, you’ll have to take into consideration the fact that this is a stand-alone graphic novel where the creative team has complete control over every single character and what happens to them without any impact on the canonical story arcs. Once you have that mastered, you’ll then have to understand that what happens in this story will undoubtedly leave you stunned, disgusted but also impressed. And that’s where this story works best. It’s where you get to indulge the “what-ifs” without worrying about the consequences. It’s how you get to enjoy seeing some of the most gruesome deaths of your favourite heroes as sadness and horror merge in symbiosis.
To enhance this horrifying experience, the artists bring their talents to the table and it is nothing that can be ignored. The artwork is absolutely unforgiving and some of the deaths that you are to witness through this story have incredible shock value. The character designs are sometimes questionable but they are more than decent and allow you to enjoy the cruelty with enough emotional attachment. In fact, the story doesn’t recklessly present the horrors with no significance but actually attempt to explore the heroes’ own individual journey through this apocalypse, as some drown in fear and worry for their loved ones while others struggle with their grasp of any form of hope. The colouring is also axed towards darker tones that elevates the tension and grimness of the world as chaos engulfs the world.
DCeased is an exciting and terrifying story filled with gruesome deaths as Earth’s greatest heroes face an unforgiving apocalypse.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!