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Review: DCeased: Dead Planet #4

DCeased: Dead Planet #4

With the way the world is, the summer movie blockbuster has been missing and the experience of an over the top story full of crazy action and ideas has been lacking. DCeased: Dead Planet #4 fills that gap a bit as the heroes go on a mission to figure out how to unlock the cure for the Anti-Life Equation within Cyborg.

The plan is simple, to get the knowledge as to how unlock the secret within Cyborg, the team needs to steal from a God. To do that, they head to New Genesis where we find out the fate of the New Gods and where they stand in the current world.

Written by Tom Taylor, the issue is fantastic acting as a nice transition to the next act of his story. DCeased: Dead Planet #4 does a solid job of focusing on the impact of what’s happening on quite a few characters. There’s Dinah who is reeling from the loss of her love. There’s some foreshadowing about the possible loss of another hero. But, the real impact is what Mister Miracle, Scott Free has done.

Through all of the zombies and death, there’s an interesting look at fatherhood and parenting and the cycle that Scott has perpetuated with his own family. DCeased: Dead Planet #4 has time for the little moments that makes us care about these characters and more importantly relate to them.

But with that, the issue also has more than enough time for the over the top action and moments. From the “heist” to what’s revealed at the end, this is an issue that gets you hyped for what’s to come… a titanic battle for the future.

The art by Trevor Hairsine, ink by Gigi Baldassini, color by Rain Beredo, and lettering by Saida Temofonte definitely help deliver the emotion and action. What’s interesting about the art of DCeased: Dead Planet #4 are the small details of it. There’s a clash between the fresh heroes returned to save the day and those who have been trying to survive on Earth. There’s subtle things like how Damian’s Batman costume fits him, almost too big and a child dressing up in their father’s clothes. There’s the body language of Scott and Dinah that shows the weight and guilt they’re feeling. And then there’s that ending that you can feel the reverberations. It’s a great rollercoaster of a comic with some fantastic visuals.

DCeased: Dead Planet #4 helps fill the the giant space missing when it comes to summer popcorn films. The comic is a solid mix of focusing on the characters and emotion and delivering those moments that pop. The issue is clearly a transition and set up for the end game to come and it looks like it’s going to be a hell of a fight. While I’ve really enjoyed the series before, I’m beyond excited to see where it goes from here.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Gigi Baldassini Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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ComiXology Delivers Seven New Digital Comics Including Classic Wolverine

Snikt! Today sees seven new digital releases on comiXology including classic collections of Wolverine comics from Marvel. Check out the full list of releases here or the individual releases below.

Return Of The Secret Heir

Written by Rachel Bailey
Art by Esu Chihara
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Fourteen years ago, Pia fell in love with JT and found out she was pregnant. They were filled with joy about their future until she tragically lost the baby. The two separated, never to see each other again. Until now… JT has appeared in front of Pia, objecting to the case she’s working on as an attorney. Spending time with JT again brings back a flood of memories. Can they get past their heartache and pick right back up where they left off?

Return Of The Secret Heir

The Prince’s Pregnant Mistress Vol. 2: Heirs Before Vows

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Kazuna Uchida
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Bailey is a waitress, working her way through college. She has dreams of marrying her lover, Raphael, until he suddenly breaks up with her. Telling herself that such a perfect man could never love her anyway, Bailey resolves to live independently…until she discovers that she’s pregnant. Facing an uncertain future, Bailey is shocked by a tabloid cover that catches her eye: Raphael is actually the prince of a small Italian nation! Then Raphael appears before her again. What will happen when she tells him she’s pregnant?

The Prince's Pregnant Mistress Vol. 2: Heirs Before Vows

The Zombie: Simon Garth

Written by Kyle Hotz, Eric Powell
Art by Kyle Hotz
Cover by Kyle Hotz
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Collects The Zombie: Simon Garth #1-4.

The last time we saw Simon Garth, the bank teller single-handedly stopped a gang of murderous robbers and got shot, bitten by zombies and med-evac-ed straight into Army custody for scientific experimentation as death and the necrotic infection overtook him fast. No problem, right? Find out how Simon got out of THAT one – assuming he did – and check out his further adventures battling the undead – unless, that is, he’s one of them now – in a brutal, gory, disgusting…awesome re-imagining of one of Marvel’s strangest horror heroes, that could only be dreamed up by artist/co-writer Kyle Hotz (ZOMBIE) and Eric Powell (The Goon)!

The Zombie: Simon Garth

Wisdom: Rudiments Of Wisdom

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Manuel Garcia, Trevor Hairsine
Cover by Trevor Hairsine
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Collects Wisdom #1-6.

Pete Wisdom has a lot of fairies to kill. Yes, fairies are supposed to be nice and magical and charming, but they are currently attacking England. Hugo Award nominee Paul Cornell (BBC’s Dr. Who and Robin Hood) brings you a sci-fi mini-series unlike anything you’ve seen before

Wisdom: Rudiments Of Wisdom

Wolverine Classic Vol. 1

Written by Chris Claremont
Art by John Buscema
Cover by John Buscema
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #1-5.

He’s known by many names: Logan. Weapon X. Wolverine. On fact is certain: He’s the best there is at what he does…and what he does isn’t pretty! Here — in stories collected for the first time in color — the feral X-Man adopts his now-infamous “Patch” identity in Madripoor as he tries to track down the mystical Black Sword of legend. Featuring Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, and Silver Samurai! Plus: General Coy moves into Madripoor, sending his new goons after rival crimelord Tyger Tiger. Can Wolverine and his allies keep the peace?

Wolverine Classic Vol. 1

Wolverine Classic Vol. 2

Written by Chris Claremont
Art by John Buscema, Gene Colan
Cover by John Buscema
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #6-10.

He’s known by many names: Logan. Weapon X. Wolverine. One fact is certain: He’s the best there is at what he does…and what he does isn’t pretty! Here — in stories collected for the first time in color – the feral X-Man goes toe-to-toe with the gamma-spawned, gray-skinned Goliath known as the Incredible Hulk! Plus: Wolverine recalls a promise from his past, and remembers the death of Silver Fox and his first fight with Sabretooth

Wolverine Classic Vol. 2

Wolverine Classic Vol. 3

Written by Peter David
Art by John Buscema
Cover by Kevin Nowlan
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #11-16.

“I’m the best there is at what I do… Nobody’s better at gettin’ into trouble than me.” The first of Peter David’s occasionally seen and always entertaining Wolverine arcs, “The Gehenna Affair” sets Logan, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) and their friends up in adventure against a horde of vampires commanded by a biblical demon-god who goes way back with Wolverine – if only the mutant marvel could remember him!

Wolverine Classic Vol. 3

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Review: DCeased: Dead Planet #3

DCeased: Dead Planet #3

When we last left the world of DCeased, John Constantine and his team were beat while the mystery of the new green was teased. DCeased: Dead Planet #3 picks up on that mystery and adding so much more depth to the story. DCeased as a whole has transcended the concept of zombies in the DC world. This issue is a good example of exactly that. DCeased: Dead Planet #3 adds concepts and ideas that give us more than the shambling “anti-life.”

Writer Tom Taylor reveals there are more survivors. This group is made up of the rich and elite. Unlike Gotham, they’ve created a caste system with haves and have nots. Taylor clearly sets this up not to just create some more tension and a greater threat but also to have us reflect on what has been built by Ivy, Harley, and others in Gotham.

But Taylor has some greater themes going on. The hard-realism and brutal society built beyond Gotham emphasizes the hope that exists with the arrival of our heroes and the promise of a cure. But, Taylor’s story resonates further.

In today’s world, with a pandemic around us and divisions in philosophy clear, Taylor has captured the current zeitgeist. We have those who would be happy to create a society of evil with roles clear and defined. They would deliver a safety predicated on fear. Compare that to the heroes within Gotham. While their plan isn’t clear, the steps not defined, they’ve staked their future on teamwork and an all-in together mentality. Whether Taylor has adjusted his story based on the current reality is unknown but what he’s produced has captured the current real-world situation.

Trevor Hairsine delivers some intriguing visuals that emphasize the desperation of it all. Along with ink from Gigi Baldassini, color by Rain Beredo, and lettering by Saida Temofonte, the art pops on the page. It’d be easy to go the “scare” route but the series has never been about that. There’s some crazy visuals but it’s more along the line of action than scares. But, what stands out to me is the art’s ability to emphasize the wear of it all. There’s a reveal at the end of the issue whose visuals tell you so much of what has happened without spelling it out.

DCeased: Dead Planet #3 adds a lot to the series and world. There’s a concept thrown out that really drives the direction of what’s at stake and what might be coming. There’s so much more than a battle to find a cure and what the anti-life zombies have tipped as far as balance is interesting. The series continues to mix things up a bit delivering ideas and concepts far more than you’d expect in a typical “zombie” story.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Gigi Baldassini Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: DCeased: Dead Planet #3

DCeased: Dead Planet #3

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Trevor Hairsine
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

A mysterious second “garden” has been located on the other side of the planet, and John Constantine and Swamp Thing lead a mission to investigate…but what they discover will fundamentally change everything! The road to “Earth War” begins!

DCeased: Dead Planet #3

DCeased: Dead Planet’s First Two Issues Get New Printings

DCeased: Dead Planet has continued the major sales success of the 2019 original, and the sold-out first issue of the sequel by writer Tom Taylor and artist Trevor Hairsine will return for a fourth printing! Additionally, DCeased: Dead Planet #2 continues the sell-out streak, heading back to press for a second printing!

DCeased: Dead Planet #1’s now fourth printing will feature an all-new cover by Peach Momoko, seen below! DCeased: Dead Planet #1’s fourth printing has an on-sale date of September 15.

DCeased: Dead Planet #2’s second printing will feature a black-and-white version of the original main cover by David Finch, also arriving on September 15.

Get a First Look at DCeased: Dead Planet #3

The sequel to the bestselling miniseries continues in DCeased: Dead Planet #3! The new Justice League is trapped on Earth, and they’ve discovered that life still survives on this dead planet! Survival is precarious, though—and with billions of anti-life-infected still roaming the surface, death lies around every corner.

In September’s DCeased: Dead Planet #3, a mysterious second “garden” has been located on the other side of the planet, and John Constantine and Swamp Thing lead a mission to investigate…but what they discover will fundamentally change everything! The road to “Earth War” begins!

DCeased: Dead Planet #3, written by Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldissini, Rain Beredo, and Saida Temofonte hits shelves on Tuesday, September 1 with a main cover by David Finch, a card stock variant cover by Francesco Mattina, and a card stock movie homage variant cover by Ben Oliver.

DCeased: Dead Planet #3

Review: DCeased: Dead Planet #2

DCeased: Dead Planet #2

DCeased: Dead Planet kicked things off in the first issue with lots of dread and foreshadowing the horror to come. As expected, the issue was full of tragedy as a rescue/scouting mission went south really quickly. DCeased: Dead Planet #2 picks up from that expanding the world and letting us see what has survived. It also addresses the fallout from the first issue. Of course, there’s even more tragedy.

Writer Tom Taylor has been killing it on every DCeased series. Each has a role building out a world and taking us on a rollercoaster ride full of highs and lows. Taylor does stick to tropes at times and plot points we’ve seen elsewhere but it feels like it’s partially done so that what’s new is truly shocking.

Take, for instance, this issue’s travels of Constantine and his team as they head to Australia to find out about a patch of green Swamp Thing is trying to figure out. Things go as expected until they don’t Taylor sets things up and then delivers a unique twist that catches you off guard.

The issue dives a bit more into the world that has sprung up after the Anti-Life virus has spread. A sanctuary has been created by Poison Ivy creating a new role for her, Harley, and many more. It’s an interesting shift in positions that has former heroes and villains working together to keep the world functioning.

In that way Taylor keeps the focus on the characters. They get their moments to show where that are in life and some emotional moments between each other or reflecting upon the situation. This series could easily go for scares and gore but the team keeps it focused on the characters and survival which makes what shocks stand out more.

And this issue delivers on that.

Artist Trevor Hairsine, inker Gigi Baldassini, colorist Rain Beredo, and letterer Saida Temofonte deliver on the visuals. So much of Taylor’s story feels like the calm before the storm and when the last segment of the issue hits, it really hits. The team delivers the beauty and the horror in the issue. But, what feels more impressive is that it’s all done without going over the top into the fore territory. The final segment is horrific when you think about it but between what’s presented and Taylor’s dialogue with Temofonte’s lettering it hits as much as just going with over the top visuals.

DCeased: Dead Planet #2 is another winner of an issue for the series. It expands the world that we know showing us the impact of the Anti-Life virus and what remains. We get a better idea of the society that has sprung up. The issue too takes us on an emotional rollercoaster of hope and despair giving us everything in between. While some might see this series and think “zombie,” it’s far more than a simple genre.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Gigi Baldassini Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.10 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: DCeased: Dead Planet #2

DCeased: Dead Planet #2

Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Trevor Hairsine

The sequel to the bestselling miniseries continues! The Justice League is trapped on Earth, and they’ve discovered that life still survives on this dead planet! Survival is precarious, though-and with billions of infected still roaming the surface, death lies around every corner. But it isn’t just the anti-living our heroes have to worry about, because John Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Zatanna are about to discover another evil growing…

DCeased: Dead Planet #2

DCeased: Dead Planet #1 and Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 Get New Printings

With orders on the DCeased: Dead Planet #1 Second Printing coming in at breakneck speed, DC has announced that demand for this sold-out debut issue has resulted in a new, third printing, arriving August 11!

DCeased: Dead Planet #1 Third Printing will feature a recolored version of the original cover art by David Finch and minimal trade dress, and reprints the story written by Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and Gigi Baldissini.

And one of the hottest series of the summer, Dark Nights: Death Metal marks the return of the bestselling team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo—and with the first issue of this miniseries sold out and demand from readers growing with each issue, DC announces a new printing coming to comics shops August 11!

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