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Review: DCeased: Unkillables #3

DCeased: Unkillables #3

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

Preview: DCeased Unkillables #3

DCeased Unkillables #3

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: May 20, 2020
SRP: $4.99

It’s the epic finale of the next chapter in the DCeased saga as heroes and villains collide with one epic purpose: to escape the coming of the infected population of Gotham City and a monstrous Wonder Woman! It’s time to ride the fury road one final time…to survival!

DCeased Unkillables #3

Preview: DCeased: Unkillables #2 (of 3)

DCeased: Unkillables #2 (of 3)

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $4.99

With the world ending around them, Red Hood and Batgirl take shelter in the most unlikely place: an orphanage full of children! Will they be able to protect the kids from the impending hordes of the infected streaming out of Gotham City and Blüdhaven? And elsewhere, Deathstroke, Vandal Savage, and some of DC’s worst villains battle the apocalypse out as an “Anti-Suicide Squad.” But a certain wondrous woman may not let them have it their own way!

DCeased: Unkillables #2 (of 3)

Review: DCeased: Unkillables #1

DCeased: Unkillables #1

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

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: DCeased: Unkillables #1 (of 3)

DCeased: Unkillables #1 (of 3)

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $4.99

The blockbuster DC series returns to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended? Spinning out of the dramatic events of 2019’s smash hit, writer Tom Taylor returns to this dark world with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption. Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, DC’s hardest villains and antiheroes fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead-life!

DCeased Unkillables #1 (of 3)

2019’s Techno-Virus Thriller DCeased Continues in DCeased: Unkillables!

DCeased: Unkillables #1 (of 3)

Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Karl Mostert and Trevor Scott
Cover by Howard Porter
Variant covers by Francesco Mattina and Yasmin Putri
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 27, 2020
$4.99 US (CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $5.99)
48 PAGES EACH

2019’s Techno-Virus Thriller DCeased Continues in DCeased: Unkillables!

DC’s smash hit mini-series DCeased, written by fan-favorite Tom Taylor (Suicide Squad, Injustice), returns in 2020 with three oversized issues to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended?

Spinning out of the dramatic events of 2019’s techno-organic-fueled bestselling thriller, writer Tom Taylor returns to this dark world, along with new artist Karl Mostert, with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption: DCeased: Unkillables! Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, over the course of this three-issue miniseries clocking in at 48 pages each, DC’s hardest villains and antiheroes will fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead—life!

DCeased: Unkillables #1 (of 3)

DCeased Continues in February with DCeased: Unkillables!

DCEASED: UNKILLABLES

3-issue mini-series on sale February—April 2020
48 pages each
written by Tom Taylor
art by Karl Mostert and Trevor Scott
covers by Howard Porter
card stock variant covers by Francesco Mattina
$4.99 US (CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $5.99)
Horror movie homage card stock variant cover to DCeased: Unkillables #1 by Yasmine Putri
Horror movie homage card stock variant cover to DCeased: Unkillables #2 by Ben Oliver

The blockbuster DC series returns to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended?

Spinning out of the dramatic events of 2019’s smash hit DCeased, beginning in February 2020 writer Tom Taylor returns to this dark world with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption: DCeased: Unkillables! Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, over the course of this three-issue miniseries DC’s hardest villains and antiheroes will fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead—life!

DCeased: Unkillables

DCeased Gets a Spooky Trailer for the Hardcover Edition

With all of that candy you’ve collected for Halloween, you’re going to need a good scary story to get you through the next few months while you’re eating all of it, and if you’re one of the few that have missed the best-selling miniseries DCeased, you’ve got your shot at redemption, as the hardcover collected edition of this fan-favorite series is available for pre-order now.

Written by Tom Taylor, with art by Trevor Hairsine and Stefano GaudianoDCeased pits the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes against a techno-virus that turns people into mindless, homicidal creatures of destruction. What’s worse is that none of the DC heroes are immune to this infection and are caught completely off guard by this new threat. If the world ends, what happens to our heroes?

This stunning hardcover collected edition includes all six issues of of DCeased, plus the one-shot DCeased: A Good Day to Die, also written by Tom Taylor with art by Laura Braga, Darick Robertson, Richard Friend, and Trevor Scott. A parallel story to the events of DCeased, Mr. Terrific leads a motley group of heroes to stop the impending apocalypse, hoping to succeed where the heroes of the Justice League have thus far failed.

This collection also includes some awesome bonus content, including a gallery of variant covers by artist Francesco Mattina, plus an incredible gallery of homage variant covers by Yasmine Putri and Tasia M.S. that pay tribute to current and classic horror films like It, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Nun and others.

The DCeased Collected Edition Hardcover is also available for pre-order at all participating Barnes & Noble retailers, featuring an exclusive cover of an infected Superman, by artist Francesco Mattina, as well as a bonus gallery of variant covers featuring infected versions of DC heroes such as Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and more.

The DCeased Collected Edition Hardcover is available in participating comic book retailers November 20 and arrives in book stores and online retailers on November 26.

Preview: Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me #3 (of 6)

Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me #3 (of 6)

(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott (CA) Amanda Conner
In Shops: Sep 18, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Available to comics shops for the first time! Trapped on a mysterious island, Wonder Woman must overcome injury and her own waning powers if she’s going to keep her friends alive! And an attack by Cheetah leads the group to a mysterious landing site. Originally published in JUSTICE LEAGUE GIANT #7 and WONDER WOMAN GIANT #1!

Preview: Wonder Woman #78

Wonder Woman #78

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott (CA) Jesus Merino
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Her fabled bracelets shattered, her will broken, Wonder Woman…defeated? The wrath of Cheetah has been unleashed and, armed with the fabled Godkiller sword, even Amazons will fall before her!

Wonder Woman #78
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