DCeased: Unkillables #1 could have been an entire issue of Deathstroke killing zombie Nazis and I’d have been more than satisfied. That opening alone sucked me in and nailed down the exact type of comic that would follow. It’s an over the top summer blockbuster… and a hell of a lot of fun.
Writer Tom Taylor delivers another chapter, and look, at the end of the world. DCeased: Unkillables #1 kicks off the follow up to DCeased. The anti-life equation has ravaged the world and the heroes are likely to not solve the problem. What’s a villain to do?
While a sequel, DCeased: Unkillables #1 is set up in a way that you don’t need to read the previous series. You’re able to get an idea as to what’s going on. While some events are danced around, none of it is vital to enjoy this debut issue. And enjoyable it is.
Taylor seems to gleefully revel in the over the top nature of the story. Things are taken to the line and cross it, but at the same time knows it is doing exactly that. Jokes abound making what might seem macabre instead humorous. There’s levity in that 80s action-flick sort of way. Quips are delivered quickly and with a style that makes everyone cool.
Karl Mostert‘s art helps with all of that. There’s gore but it never quite crosses into gore-porn. Blood exists and bodies pile up but Mostert does it in a way that relies partially on imagination. The gore isn’t the focus. Instead, Mostert uses the situations for over the top reactions delivering a bit of visual and physical comedy to it all. That’s helped by Rex Lokus‘ colors which pop and prevent a dour look.
DCeased: Unkillables #1 is a solid start to this series. Those who have read the previous volume might appreciate a different perspective but it feels like a fresh start. The duality of that is impressive. The content itself, the story and visuals, are over the top in a big-budget summer popcorn sort of way creating a reading experience that you can sit back, turn your brain off, and just enjoy.
Story: Tom Taylor Art: Karl Mostert
Ink: Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, John Livesay
Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
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