Review: DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Three
DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Three is every bit equal to the excellent second chapter. It’s a tearjerker of a story as the focus shifts to Wally West as he decides he wants to save as many individuals in Keystone as he can.
Writer Tom Taylor has been using each issue to deliver snippets of story with in the world of DCeased. With the Anti-Life Equation spreading, Taylor uses the digital format to focus on heroes and villains and their reaction to the apocalypse they face. It’s a fantastic use of the format as each digital issue is self-contained delivering a full story with explanations as to what’s happening. Even if you haven’t read DCeased, you can still enjoy each of these issues.
Some of that enjoyment is Taylor’s focus on the emotional punch. Each chapter has had a tragic aspect about them. This isn’t a happy series but instead will get you to utter “oh no” as each issue ends.
In this third chapter, Wally West does what he can to save as many as he can in his city. He enlists Jesse Quick, Max Mercury, and Impulse in his mission. There’s also danger as each would be a devastating addition to the zombie hordes and spread of the disease. We witness their futile effort to stop the spread knowing their efforts are for naught. We also get to see the heroes rise up to the challenge delivering an emotional roller coast of an issue that ends in a bittersweet way. Taylor plays the dramatic card to the border of sappy but in the end it works in a compact punch to the gut.
Carmine Di Giandomenico delivers some fantastic art along with color by Rex Lokus and lettering by Saida Temofonte. Each character looks so fantastic and the art pops in digital format. The colors really stand out on the screen and intelligently the team uses their limited pages in the best way they can. There’s not a focus on single page splashes, instead, we get interesting page layouts that deliver a sense of motion and bristles with the energy of those running around on the page. Until that last page which gives us all the emotional feels. As it’s digital, we get mostly square panels so the team really focuses on the framing of those panels giving us scenes from interesting angles and perspectives. All of it comes together to enhance that motion is at play here.
DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Three helps cement this series as one of the best digital comics out there but also one of the best comics going right now. Each chapter can be enjoyed on their own while revealing bits about the bigger story. They’re also packed with emotion from joy to sadness from despair to hope. It’s an emotional ride that’s worth the money.
Story: Tom Taylor Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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