Review: DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Four
DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Four is an interesting entry in the digital series. It feels like the first chapter that’s really a continuation of previous ones. 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?!
Up until this chapter, writer Tom Taylor has been delivering what has felt like individual stories contained within each one. You can pick up a digital comic and enjoy it, not having to know what has happened before. Instead, it’s been relatively self-contained with each release explaining the situation for new readers and tugging at the heartstrings. DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Four is a bit different in that it calls back to earlier chapters and series. And, it feels like a pivot in some ways for the overall story.
Chapter four has two focuses within. Damian is now without a Batman/Bruce Wayne and struggles with what he should do next. It’s a touching moment where you feel for a character that has often lacked reasons to give empathy towards. Taylor does a good job at delivering a reaction we’d expect. Damian isn’t emotionally broken. Instead he’s fairly collected but you can tell the weight of the situation is there on his shoulders.
There’s also the story of Wink and The Aerie who are two characters I don’t know a lot about. I didn’t quite have the connection with them due to that. But, it doesn’t hurt the story as what’s presented feels like a build up for the eventual “horror” aspect of the series. What’s revealed is jaw dropping in an “oh shit” sort of way and leaves things to be resolved in a future chapter.
The art of the comic is fantastic as always. This isn’t as much of a horror or even “action filled” comic but Marco Failla delivers. It’s the quiet before the storm in so many ways the Failla’s style helps enhance that last bit of the comic. With colors by Rex Lokus and lettering by Saida Temofonte, it’s an issue that lulls the reader into safety before the rug being pulled out from under. It’s the bunny before it reveals it has fangs and goes for the jugular.
DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Four is a solid chapter in the overall story and feels like it signals a shift from what we’ve seen in the previous three chapters. We’re getting a more serial storytelling than anthology of the first three. It’s still really entertaining and a great entry into DC’s impressive line of digital first releases.
Story: Tom Taylor Art: Marco Failla
Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read