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DC celebrates 30 Years of The Death of Superman with the Original Creative Teams

30 years ago, Superman sacrificed himself to defeat Doomsday. To celebrate the special anniversary of this defining moment, DC has reunited the original creative teams of Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding; Roger Stern and Butch Guice; Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove; and Jerry Ordway and Tom Grummett for The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1. Available at comic shops on November 8, the comic features four all-new stories that explore the lasting impact that Clark’s death had on his family and friends as well as nine pinups and variant covers by some of the top names in comics.

Each of the original creative teams from The Death of Superman has reunited to tell a story that shows how some of Superman’s biggest allies reacted during and after his fateful battle with Doomsday:

  • “The Life of Superman” by Dan Jurgens (W & A), Brett Breeding (A), Brad Anderson (C), and John Workman (L) – A young Jon Kent finds out in school that his dad had died years earlier, as his parents never told him about that fateful day. In the midst of dealing with this emotional news, Jon and Clark need to team up to fight a new villain connected to Doomsday called DOOMBREAKER.
  • “Standing Guard” by Roger Stern (W), Butch Guice (A), Glenn Whitmore (C), and Rob Leigh (L) – The epic battle between Superman and Doomsday from the Guardians’ perspective.
  • “Time” by Louise Simonson (W), Jon Bogdanove (A), Glenn Whitmore (C), and Rob Leigh (L) – The story of how the death of Superman looked from John Henry Irons’s perspective.
  • “Above and Beyond” by Jerry Ordway (W), Tom Grummett (P), Doug Hazelwood (I), Glenn Whitmore (C), and Rob Leigh (L) – A powerful story of Ma and Pa Kent watching their son fight Doomsday live on television and going through Clark’s photo albums with the feeling that their son always prevails.

W=Writer, A=Artist, P=Penciller, I=Inker, C=Colorist, L=Letter

Highlighting the milestone, The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary will feature variant covers by artists including Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Dan Mora; Ivan Reis and Danny Miki; Francesco Mattina; Dan Jurgens; and Brett Breeding. Fans can also order a premium polybag variant that features a black armband with The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary logo and the main cover inside.

DC had previously announced details of The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Deluxe Editionwhich will include Superman: Day of Doom #1-4 for the first time ever and will be available at comic shops and local bookstores on December 6, 2022. DC will also be releasing Superman #75 Special Edition featuring the original story by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding, which will be available at local comic shops on November 1.

Review: Task Force Z #10

Task Force Z #10

I feel like I’ve said it with every review by Task Force Z shouldn’t be this good. A series about “zombie” versions of villains brought back to life for a new type of Suicide Squad sounds like such a silly concept. But, it works. It works really well. Led by Jason Todd, the characters in the series have been all over in being b-list, c-list, and d-list, but they’ve all brought a sense of fun. Task Force Z #10 is an interesting issue as the curtain is pulled back to reveal a hell of a lot of secrets including the secret of Bane and one major character reveal beyond that.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, the series as a whole has done a fantastic balance of mixing horror and the superhero genre. It’s found a balance in the plots, characters, details, and look of the series. This issue is a prime example as wild experiments are performed, the dead rise, brains transferred… it’s a lot to take in. Add in Mr. Bloom attacking and you have an issue packed with what has made this a really fun series.

The biggest thing are those reveals. What Mr. Bloom has been up to and how he did it are explained. The exact why and what is the goal is still a little out there but the issue has a mad scientist vibe about it all. It’s wildly fun and feels like a perfect B-movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon. It even has a host in a costume in a way with Mr. Bloom who takes center stage with the issue.

The art by Eddy Barrows helps it all. With color by Adriano Lucas, ink by Eber Ferreira, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the art does a fine balance. It’d be very easy for the series to lean heavily into its horror aspects making the characters and settings themselves such a part of the story. Instead, the comic has bodies that are clearly rotting and falling apart, hints as to what’s going on, but a solid superhero base to it all. The comic has a color/look that feels a bit like classic horror comics but the settings and characters keep their superhero roots. It’s impressive work and fun to see these corrupted characters and the small details added to make them that way.

Task Force Z #10 is an issue readers have been waiting for. It’s full of reveals and answers some questions. The end is definitely unexpected and a bit of a surprise. For those that have been reading up to this point, this one’s a hell of a lot of fun. For those missing out on the series, it’s one you’ll want to go back and read from the beginning.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Eddy Barrows
Inks: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Task Force Z #9

Task Force Z #9

I’ve generally loved Task Force Z. The concept is one that feels like it shouldn’t work, but it does, and does really well. Harvey Dent is in charge of his own version of a Suicide Squad. Instead of hardened criminals serving time, his is made up of Batman villains who died during “A Day”. They’ve been brought back using Lazarus Resin and are lead by Red Hood. It’s a gonzo concept and it’s awesome. Task Force Z #9 on the other hand is one of the weaker issues. Not because it’s bad, but mostly because it feels like one that could be skipped and you wouldn’t miss much.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Task Force Z #9 is absolutely entertaining. It just feels like a comic that has a few key moments that could have been stuffed in other issues. There’s action, there’s humor, and there’s some good twists, but overall, it feels like a “chapter” of the overall story. Many of the previous issues really felt packed and stood on their own in so many ways, but this one instead feels like a series of moments put together between a cover. A lot of the comic could be cut up and put in another issue and the narrative would still have flowed. It’s an important chapter but doesn’t stand on its own.

The art by Eddy Barrows continues to shine. With ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the series continues to look great. The team balances its superhero characters with a horror story. It does an excellent job of balancing all of that so that no one aspect dominates. For those that enjoy both genres, it’s a great combination.

Task Force Z #9 isn’t bad in any way, I want to make that clear. As part of the greater story, it’s solid. There really are some key moments that’ll play out over the next few issues. But, it doesn’t quite pack enough in on its own to stand out from the quality that has come before it. It’s a solid chapter in the greater whole.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Flashpoint Beyond #1

Flashpoint Beyond #1

I’ll admit that I was a fan of the original Flashpoint even oh so many years ago. Yes, it was grim and gritty, but the alternate world was interesting and shook up DC’s classic characters. It opened up a world of possibilities, not just in the story itself but what came after. Flashpoint Beyond #1 takes us back to the world but one slightly different.

Focusing on Thomas Wayne, he knows this isn’t quite the world he lived in. There’s subtle differences and there’s others that know this as well. With a mystery of who’s trying to stop Thomas from correcting things as well as something going on in the main DC universe, Flashpoint Beyond #1 mainly focuses on Thomas’ story.

Written by Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, and Tim Sheridan the comic is an interesting one. There’s some aspects that are really great and then others that fall really flat.

What works well is Thomas’ story as a whole. He knows something is wrong and must deal with a world gone mad to try to solve the mystery. His “Alfred” is Oswald Cobblepot and his “Robin” is the son of Harvey Dent. The interactions with Oswald are fantastic and what’s done while Thomas is away is beyond entertaining and almost worth the read.

Where the comic falls flat is everything else. The threat of a world war feels like it’s taken out of Watchmen. It’s missing the countdown clock and nine panel pages. Then there’s what’s going on with Bruce and something with DC’s Timemasters. It doesn’t get much time and unless you know the character he’s dealing with, it has little to no impact.

The comic overall feels like it’s using concepts and plotlines that were meant for something else. With mentions of “The Button” which goes back to DC’s Rebirth, the comic comes off as the next step for “The Button”, then “Doomsday Clock”, but each is a choppy continuation of the other. With so many rumored changes of DC’s directions, it overall comes off as a comic that’s out years after it was meant to be.

The art is the highlight of the comic. Xermánico and Mikel Jani split the duties and while the styles differ, the overall visuals are solid. With Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and Jordie Bellaire on color and Rob Leigh handling lettering, there’s a nice shift in styles depending on the world. Thomas Wayne’s world is dark with a gritty dirtiness about it. Bruce’s is a bit brighter and has a more traditional look about it. The style works for the comic quite well as it makes Oswald’s moments far funnier than they should be. There’s a dark humor about it all and a lot of that is driven by the visuals.

Flashpoint Beyond #1 has a lot going for it and maybe as it goes along things come together. But, as is, the comic feels like concepts from something else reworked multiple times into this. It throws out a bit too much and it’s interesting aspects at times feel like bad background scenery. The comic feels like it’s just slightly off, which may be rather appropriate since that’s what Thomas Wayne is experiencing and attempting to investigate himself.

Story: Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, Tim Sheridan Art: Xermánico, Mikel Janin
Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jordie Bellaire Letter: Rob Leigh
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1

Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1

It’s been 30 years since Image Comics launched. I remember fondly the buzz and excitement of these amazing creators breaking off on their own and creating whole new worlds no longer shackled by corporate bosses. I also remember reading a lot of those early comics and scratching my head. The art was definitely better than the stories with each series varying wildly in the overall quality. A lot has changed in that time with many ups and downs for the company. Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 doesn’t celebrate what was, it instead what is. The anthology focuses on the current crop of creators releasing their creations under the publisher. It’s not a reflection of those titans who started it all.

Image has come a long way and this anthology is evidence of that. With a who’s who of creators, Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 features a little something for almost everyone. There’s a lack of all-ages content, but, with so much adult content, it’d feel a little out of place. And boy is there adult content. Serial killers, murder, violence, the stories within are fare from the general “spandex superheroes” the publisher launched with. Sure, Image pushed the envelope in many ways when it launched, but the first story involves a child killer being killed on the footsteps of a courthouse. If there’s ever a flag planted that says this isn’t the Image of old, that’s a pretty big one.

And there’s a lot of variety here. The stories are pretty entertaining with few that are outright clunkers. But, with every anthology there’s some stories you’ll enjoy and some you probably won’t. It’s the nature of anthologies.

The art is generally top-notch. There’s a wide variety of styles and designs. Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 features black and white gritty stories to bright colored neon explosions. The stories themselves are a mixture of cartoony manga inspired designs to grittier noir-ish tales that whose looks feel like they’re inspired by Frank Miller. Like the stories themselves, there’s a lot to take in and surely there’ll be some that readers will enjoy and some they don’t.

Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 is an interesting comic. With it, the publisher seems focused on what is and what’s to come. This isn’t so much a celebration of the past 30 years of Image, it’s looking ahead at the next 30.

Story: Geoff Johns, Declan Shalvey, Wyatt Kennedy, Wes Craig, Skottie Young, Mirka Andolfo, Erica Henderson, Brenden Fletcher, Kyle Higgins, Patrick Kindlon
Art: Andrea Mutti, Declan Shalvey, Luana Vecchio, Wes Craig, Skottie Young, Mirka Andolfo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Maurizio Rosenzweig
Color: Jason Wordie, Chiara Di Francia, Walter Baiamonte, Katia Ranalli
Letterer: Rob Leigh, Clayton Cowles, Fabio Amelia, Becca Carey
Editor: Brian Cunningham, Heather Antos

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Review: Flashpoint Beyond #0

Flashpoint Beyond #0

When it comes to events for DC, it feels like there’s isolated “low level” ones that are fairly easy to dive into for new readers. But, if you go beyond that, they tend to go heavy into DC continuity relying on readers to have encyclopedic knowledge of the DC Universe. Years ago, Flashpoint was the rare event that new readers could dive into as it cleared all of that continuity to introduce us to a new world. Readers discovered things as each issue explored this broken world. Things got complicated from there as characters from Watchmen were folded into the new DC Universe and its “rebirth” creating an ever evolving “meta”story. That meta story has clearly taken turns through the years with concepts added and dropped. Flashpoint Beyond #0 kicks off the latest chapter of that meta story requiring readers to have a bit deeper knowledge of DC history both new and old to really enjoy it.

Written by Geoff Johns, Flashpoint Beyond #0 takes us back to the world where Thomas Wayne is Batman, Bruce died, Atlantis and the Amazons are at war, and a whole lot of other things have changed. But, this world isn’t even the Flashpoint we knew. Something has changed even this and the first issue dives into that mystery as Thomas Wayne attempts to put the pieces of that puzzle together.

For the most part, Flashpoint Beyond #0 is pretty easy to follow. Someone has manipulated this world. It’s the details that will be what gets lost for new readers. The opening of the issue kicks off with Batman, Mime, and Marionette breaking into the Time Masters’ HQ to retrieve something. There we get references to 5G, upcoming death of the Justice League, Deathstroke acting weird, and more. It’s a lot to take in and the dropping of crumbs that for a while felt like a standard in DC Comics. For new readers, it’s a lot of gibberish that feels like it distracts, it’s the inside info that’ll get long time fans excited though.

But beyond that, Johns does a decent job of using Thomas Wayne as out guide to the mystery laid out and this new world. The frustration he feels oozes off the page and there’s a slight madness to his actions. It feels like a nice mix of spandex and a detective/noir story.

That’s helped by the art of Eduardo Risso who’s joined by Trish Mulvihill on color and Rob Leigh on lettering. The look of the comic fits that “detective” vibe with a hint of spiraling madness about it. It’s a solid style that fits the tone of the comic well. Thomas Wayne’s depiction feels like an old, weary man more in line with the older Bruce Wayne from Batman Beyond. The use of color creates a very dynamic look that at times is reminiscent of Batman the Animated Series. And there’s even a bit of Frank Miller influence in its use of shadows. It’s a look that blends so many things together but it all works so well. There’s some panels which stand out as a negative here and there, mostly when eyes are a focus, but that’s the exception not the rule of the comic.

Flashpoint Beyond #0 isn’t bad in any way. It’s the first piece in a bigger puzzle. But, without the rest of the pieces, the enjoyment of it is going to be mixed. The perfect example of its issue is its ending which relies on revealing a character and unless you know who it is, it falls flat. That’s the reliance on DC history that feels like it only works for some. How much the comic continues to do that will be the overall indicator of how much this series is for anyone that’s not the diehard fans.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Eduardo Risso
Color: Trish Mulvihill Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z as a whole is a rather silly sounding concept. Villains are raised from the dead for missions like a zombie Suicide Squad. It came off as a way to get classic Batman villains back after their deaths in Arkham after the “A Day” attack. As the series has played out, it has been so much more. There’s been debates about ethics, some interesting character interactions, lots of action, and a budding conspiracy. Task Force Z #6 lays it all out as we finally find out who has been behind the team and really pulling the strings.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Task Force Z #6 has it all. There’s solid action but also a ton of reveals. For a series building to something, this is a good payoff. Bouncing between the present and past, we find out how the program got started, how Waller got involved, and who in the end has been pulling the strings. If you think Two-Face/Harvey Dent as the man behind the curtain was interesting, this lays it all on the table. It also does a solid job of tying itself into Waller’s grander story being told elsewhere. The series might have started out as a silly concept but it has proven itself over and over again and feels like it’s a major plotline in the bigger DC Universe storyline that’s not getting the attention it deserves.

The art by Jack Herbert is solid. With color by Adriano Lucas and lettering by Rob Leigh the comic does a solid mix of action and horror. There’s an uneasy visual quality about it all and scenes dance around their brutality. It all comes together in such a solid way. The comic has always done a fantastic job of balancing its grotesque aspects and this issue nails that in every way by walking up to the line and dipping its toes across. The gross out factor could easily distract but the art never does so, it only enhances the overall vibe the story gives off.

Task Force Z #6 is a solid issue that lays everything on the table. If you’ve been wondering what’s going on, this makes it all clear. It also gives the series a clear focus going forward for the short term. It’s not too late to catch up and enjoy this underrated gem.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Jack Herbert
Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Creator-Owned Comics Publishing Platform Zestworld Raises $9.37 Million in Series A Funding

Zestworld

Zestworld, a creator-first digital publishing platform focused solely on comic creators, has announced it has raised $9.37 million in growth capital to “fracture the Marvel and DC duopoly” by providing top-tier comic creators a centralized platform that combines business, community management, digital publishing, NFTs, metaverse events and IP rights management. Zestworld’s goal is to provide a platform that provides a fully stacked product tailored to the comics format and industry.

The round was led by General Catalyst, with participation from Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six, Polygon Technology, former TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown Philpot, Shari Redstone’s Advancit Capital and Twitch founder Kevin Lin. The Series A funding will allow Zestworld to provide the best toolkit for comic creators to build a successful independent business.

This funding round allows Zestworld to launch the ultimate platform for comic creators to build their business and manage their community. Looking forward, Zestworld plans to continue building its platform and explore additional ways creators can express themselves and engage with fans.

Zestworld’s launch lineup includes comic veterans such as Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Peter J. Tomasi, Eric Canete, Phil Jimenez, and Alex Segura. Creators on the platform are able to directly reach their audience through comic-optimized digital newsletters on their own schedule, without having to work against everchanging algorithms or potential shadowbanning that creators often face on other platforms. Additionally, creators will keep full IP rights to their content with Zestworld’s IP management tool.

Readers can look forward to a variety of comics from Zestworld’s initial roster of top-tier talent. Upcoming titles include:

  • Arc Athena by Eric Canete – “Neon Gods” to their adoring public, ARC ATHENA is the super powered team that the world is desperate for. Curated by the global tech and entertainment giant known as ARC, each member represents the most aspirational hero that public polling data can provide. Athena’s roster consists of characters whose powers are bombastically perfect for their obsessed audience but yield very low stopping force- everything is for “The Show.”
  • The Awakened by Alex Segura, Michael Moreci, Dean Kotz, Jason Wordie – A dark, noir-ish superhero murder mystery that explores what the true definition of power is, and who should wield it. 
The Awakened
  • Blood Tree by Peter J. Tomasi, Maxim Šimić, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh – Follows two obsessed NYPD detectives on the hunt for a vicious butcher called the Angel Killer, a sociopath who preys on the innocent family members of known murderers in order to “purify” the rest of society.
  • Boom Pow! by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti – An immortal is awakened from her eons-long slumber by the doughnut-slinging daughter of a nuclear physicist. Together, BOOTY POW POW and KAY BOOM take on the modern world in their own unique and special way.
Found
  • Found by Jimmy Palmiotti, Juan Santacruz, Alex Sinclair – On a deserted island in the middle of the pacific, a volcano erupts and expels an alien object that has potential to change the world. When this event is shared live by the family of scientists already on the scene, global governments see the potential of owning the technology and scramble to see who can get to the object first.
  • Otherworlds by Phil Jimenez – A reimagining of the Eisner-nominated Otherworld series, a sci-fi/fantasy epic about a war in another dimension, OTHERWORLDS tackles themes of family, identity, faith, and purpose, exploring whose voices will rise to shape the future and create the Earth anew, and how we all navigate a world where being “great” so rarely means being “good.”

Zestworld will empower fans to interact with creators directly in an array of ways, including private livestreams, exclusive discord communities, access to behind-the-scenes opportunities and the ability to commission art from their favorite artist directly.

Review: Task Force Z #3

Task Force Z #3

Task Force Z has been a surprising comic for me. I went in not knowing much about it and thought it was some other “Elseworlds” type story. Then, figuring it out, the concept of a “zombie” Suicide Squad sounded rather silly. But, with each issue, the series just grows in depth and how much of it is focused on the characters and morality of what’s going on. Task Force Z #3 is a perfect example of that.

Matthew Rosenberg is delivering a series that’s so much better than its rather silly sounding concept. A mysterious organization is raising dead Batman villains using Lazarus resin. To lead this squad, they’ve recruited Jason Todd, aka Red Hood. With villains like Mr. Bloom, Man-Bat, and Bane by his side, Todd has struggled with the whole concept and “humanity” of what’s being done and trying to not be eaten by his squad. There’s been a great balance of action, humor, and horror with each issue. And at its center is the mystery of who’s really calling the shots.

Task Force Z #3 hits all of the major notes as Jason continues to struggle with the concept and makes some demands if things are to continue. There’s also a new mission, a new teammate, and a moment to bond with one team member. It all shows this is a series that cares as much about its characters and their development as it does the action. It also answers who the mysterious voice behind the team really is… and it honestly surprised me a lot.

Eddy Barrows‘ art continues to impress. Barrows is joined by Eber Ferreira on ink, Adriano Lucas on color, and Rob Leigh on lettering. The series has done an amazing job of balancing its traditional superhero action with its horror aspects. The small details make each issue stand apart as we can see where things stand with each character based on their state of decay. It makes you get really engrossed picking out how back to normal a character is and what danger lurks. It’s a small thing that really makes the series. Then add in the action which almost has a dramatic flair about it. Take for instance the end of this particular mission and Red Hood’s actions. It’s a flow from the action but has a moment that lingers and moves Red Hood along as a character. The way Jason stands and how the panels move along are amazing storytelling that ties in everything that makes comics special.

Task Force Z #3 is a fantastic issue with an amazing mix of character development, action, and shocking moments. This issue brings so much together and feels like a major moment in an event before the series wraps up. Where this is going next is unknown but it’s a ride I can’t wait to see more of.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Task Force Z #1

Task Force Z #1

There’s something a bit silly about the concept of Task Force Z but at the same time it all works so well. The concept is simple, A-Day resulted in the death of numerous criminals in Arkham Asylum. Now, those criminals have been resurrected and forced on a team, much like the Suicide Squad. It’s the Suicide Squad with pseudo zombies. The comic is also completely self-aware and has a lot of fun with its concept acknowledging how crazy the idea is.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Task Force Z #1 lays out the insane concept putting everything on the table. We know the “how” of it all, we sort of know the “who” of it, and kind of know the “why” of it too. Led by Jason Todd, aka Red Hood, the initial team features Bane, Man-Bat, and eventually Arkham Knight, and Mr. Bloom. The last of which is an unexpected character who stands out showing off so much personality in their back and forth with Todd.

The issue is really solid though. Rosenberg keeps the familiar of Suicide Squad but enough of a spin on it to make it interesting. The spin is the “how” and Jason Todd’s reaction to it all. It’s a silly concept when you think about it and Todd seems to recognize that. He’s dealing with “zombie” villains in a situation that has them taking down other villains and the absurdity of it all isn’t lost on him. His reactions and lines are funny adding to the enjoyment of the debut. But, Rosenberg also gives him some humanity showing off his unease of it all. One particular moment has Todd being the voice of reason, a role we don’t associate with him and in that moment a lot is added to the character and the seires.

Task Force Z #1 also has a bit of old-school horror to it all. The end of the comic especially delivers a tense moment that is left hanging and really plays off the concepts of zombies and horror films of the past. Again, it adds to the fun, campy, pulp aspect of it.

The art by Eddy Barrows is great. Along with ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the comic is “dark” adding to the atmosphere and concept but never crosses a line into scary. Yes the villains are zombies but the comic never really goes for the gross out factor of decay. There’s some small moments here and there and details as well that makes it all clear but where the comic could easily go over the top with decaying villains, it hasn’t yet. Instead, it plays it somewhat serious in a way adding to the grounded aspect and making the comic feel visually like it fits into the world of Batman.

Task Force Z #1 is a debut that does an excellent job of playing off of the current meta story going on in the world of Batman. While “Fear State” isn’t present, it does build off of the launch of the new line’s narrative and has some fun with the possibilities that sets up. Overall, it’s an unexpected debut that’s both serious and camp at the same time and leaves us wanting more. Task Force Z #1 feels a bit like old-school EC Comics at times and never takes itself too seriously.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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