Title: DCeased (2019-) #1
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren
Colors: Rain Beredo
Published: May 1, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was Death, and Hades was following close behind him.”-Revelation 6:8. A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE) returns with a terrifying new tale and is joined by artists Trevor Hairsine (LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT) and Stefano Gaudiano (The Walking Dead).
An apocalyptic techno-virus has been unleashed on the world, and, in just a short period of time, humanity has fallen into chaos. The DCU’s greatest heroes were unable to prevent the virus from spreading, and now that millions have been infected, all that’s left for Batman, Superman, and the rest of Earth’s defenders to do is survive.
Much like Netflix’s Black Mirror series, DCeased plays on the fears that stem from humanity’s obsessions with, and reliance on, modern technology. Sure, sci-fi horror tales like these have become a dime a dozen as of late, but when was the last time one of these post-apocalyptic tales featured Batman? Okay, okay, Dark Knights: Metal featured cataclysmic events, but you get my point…
Tom Taylor wastes no time establishing the stakes and setting the pace of this intense story; in only a few pages, Taylor manages to transport readers to a terrifying place where even superheroes are powerless in protecting their loved ones from the horrors that await them. Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren bring the nightmare to life and do a phenomenal job in realizing the horror of Taylor’s script. The highly-detailed illustrations of this issue are worth eyeing more than once, as the severity of the situation is emphasized by telling expression work, and expert scene-setting that immerses readers in the chaos as it unfolds.
The creative team’s near-flawless execution and cooperative efforts have made for an exciting debut; DCeased promises to be nothing short of epic, making DCeased (2019-) #1 an absolute must-read.
Dark, brutal, and intensely entertaining, DCeased is not to be missed. This impressive debut is visually stunning, intellectually stimulating, and packed tight with action.