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Review: DCeased #2

DCeased #2

If the first issue of DCeased was the start of the zombie outbreak, the second is our first look at what remains. DCeased #2 has the world melting down as the infection spreads and our heroes are caught off guard. It takes us around the DC Universe focusing on a half dozen heroes and how they’re impacted. Some, it’s just not good. But, for the reader, it’s all excellent.

Writer Tom Taylor delivers an emotional punch in the issue. And Taylor does so multiple times. We get to experience the meltdown of the world through the eyes of heroes who have little they can do to stop it. Tough decisions are made. Some are forced to kill. And who dies is shocking at times.

Taylor delivers a ride of an issue and knows how to execute the gut punch to the reader. The last few pages are heart wrenching. The detail and thought that he’s put in to each situation is clear. It’s also clear choices have been made to deliver the best reaction emotionally from the reader. This isn’t a “zombie” comic. It’s a really smart zombie comic who has a focus not just on scares but also to connect with the reader.

That’s helped by the art team of Trevor Hairsine, inker Stefano Guadiano, colorist Rain Beredo, and letterer Saida Temofonte. It’s easy to create a zombie comic full of gore and grim. This team is doing something a bit smarter. There’s a focus on the reaction of individuals. You can see the impact on their faces and their body movement and position. That tells as much of an impact as everything else. Beredo’s color and Guadiano’s inks set a horror and dour mood without making it too dark and scary. Temofonte’s lettering really drives home the inflection and emotion of it all.

The comic is a hell of a second issue. DCeased #2 improves upon the first issue taking us away from traditional tropes and instead uses them to focus on something else. The first issue was good. This second issue is great. What started out as a riff on something we’ve seen so many times before is turning in to something truly spectacular.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Stefano Guadiano Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation:
Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1

DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1

Written by JOE HARRIS with MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (NOV161926)
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD (NOV161927)
Cover C by CAFU (NOV161928)
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (NOV161929)
Variant Cover by KANO (NOV161930)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JANUARY 18 (FOC – 12/26/16)

Out of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE, Valiant’s leading legend – the unstoppable X-O MANOWAR – becomes the supreme fighting force of the CCCP in the next essential special ripped from the pages of the winter’s visionary comics events!

From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women, and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION!

Returned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?

The Valiant Universe as we now know it continues to reveal itself…as acclaimed writer Joe Harris (Snowfall) and explosive artist CAFU (Ninjak) present a star-shattering tale of sins, secrets, and tragedy for the global hero of the worldwide Communist state!

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Russia’s Reign Endures in Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1 – Coming in January!

Then, the event-level blockbuster of the season continues in Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1! This January, Russia rules the New Year as the Valiant Universe continues its transformation into a Soviet-ruled super-state…one where the world’s most powerful heroes now serve and protect the Motherland from all threats to the USSR’s global Iron Empire!

On January 18th, X-O Manowar becomes the guardian of the CCCP in Aric, Son of the Revolution #1 – the next essential standalone epic torn straight from the heart of the Stalinverse! Acclaimed writer Joe Harris and powerhouse artist CAFU present a star-shattering tale of sins, secrets, and tragedy for the worldwide hero of the communist state: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION!

From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women, and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION! Returned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or uphold justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?

Featuring covers by Clayton Crain, Ryan Diego Bernard, CAFU, Trevor Hairsine, and Kano.

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Valiant Reveals The Red Legend Who Makes Her Debut in Divinity III: Stalinverse #1

Valiant has unveiled the first appearance of The Red Legend – the first of four major new characters that will be introduced in Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4) by writer Matt Kindt, artist Trevor Hairsine, inker Ryan Winn, and colorist David Baron – on sale December 21st! Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Tom Muller, Jeffrey Veregge, Greg Smallwood, and Adam Gorham!

Then, following her introduction and first appearance in Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4), The Red Legend’s origin will be revealed in full with a brand-new tale by Kindt and artist Juan Jose Ryp as a newly added bonus feature in the Divinity III: Komandar Bloodshot #1 one-shot special by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Clayton Crain – on sale just one week later on December 28th!

But who is the Red Legend? She is a woman of immense power, birthed into the universe by unknown cosmic forces. No one on the planet knows where she came from…only that she was discovered deep in the heart of Russia, floating among the burning logs of an abandoned lumber mill. Raised under the muzzles of Russia’s brutal authoritarian forces, the Red Legend only knew a life of pain and strife as shed labored day in and day out at one of the world’s most unforgiving labor camps. She harbored a burning power inside her throughout these years however, as her true potential became ever more apparent. By the time she became a woman, The Red Legend was recruited by Myshka—the god-like champion of Communism—and embraced her destiny as one of the Stalinverse’ greatest protectors.

The other three members of the Red Brigade to be revealed in the coming weeks and months!

At the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were racing to the stars. But, while America was aiming for the moon, Russia had its eyes on the cosmos. In secret, they launched a three-man mission into the far reaches of space. In the depths, they discovered something Unknown. Something that…changed them. Imbued with god-like powers, the long-lost cosmonauts returned home…only to discover that their old ideology, communism, lost the war to western capitalism in the decades since their journey first began. But now they have the power to change it all…

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

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