I wasn’t quite sure how I’d feel about diving back into a comic about an out of control disease and the survivors of the pandemic. While DCeased: Unkillables has given us a zombie from a villain view, there’s still something rather odd as we’re hunkered down. DCeased: Unkillables #3 wraps up this story arc delivering a satisfying, yet rushed, finale.
Writer Tom Taylor wraps up the latest chapter of the anti-life apocalypse with an issue that delivers an action-packed finale and one that could have used an extra issue. There’s a lot packed in with sequences that could have been issues by themselves. The sanctuary is being overrun by the unlife monsters and the survivors decide to head to Gotham and possible sanctuary.
The issue is mostly a road warrior trip dodging the dead and trying to survive and Taylor delivers some truly amazing moments within. There’s a sequence on the bus which is original and could have been an issue by itself, or an entire film by itself. It’s original horror and actually exciting.
But, that excitement is tempered in a way with each villain having their last stand to be heroes. The sequences are inspiring in some way but it has a feel of 37 different endings and a story that just won’t wrap up. That feel of multiple codas is enhanced with an almost poetic voice-over narrative and touching moments. If the brief exchange between Slade and Jason Todd doesn’t get you… It’s weirdly emotionally satisfying but also goes on in an odd pacing that does and does not reward the reader.
Karl Mostert packs a lot in for the art. There’s so much there to cover. Battle after battle, heroes, villains, and the anti-life dead all clamor for something. Mostert inks with Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, and with colors by Rex Lokus. There’s some scenes that hit the emotional mark. One reveal is sure to satisfy. But, for every one of those, there are others where the image isn’t focused in. Instead, we’re given the big picture instead of the emotional close-up. It feels like the moments worthy of two-page spreads are never really given it. While the art at times is really cool, it never quite nails the excitement of what’s going on.
DCeased: Unkillables #3 is both a satisfying and unsatisfying end. There’s some great moments and a good sense of humor used but moments that really should have played out feel a bit rushed and the art never quite delivers the shock or the awe. It feels rushed in some ways with too much packed in and a finale that could have benefited from a fourth and final issue. As part of the overall story, it’s not bad, but on its own, it falls a bit short.
Story: Tom Taylor Art: Karl Mostert
Ink: Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, Karl Mostert
Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review