Title: DCeased (2019-) #2
Words: Tom Taylor
Art: Trevor Hairsine
Colors: Rain Beredo
Published: June 5, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Millions are dying every minute. Heroes and villains alike are falling. Can the Justice League unite to find a way to stop the spread of death? Can they save humanity from extinction? Can they even save themselves? The key to survival may hinge on the last moments of one of the World’s Finest Heroes…
As the virus continues to spread, more and more lives are claimed; no one is safe, even DC’s superhero heavyweights are falling prey to this dark scourge.
There’s nothing quite like watching your favorite superheroes be devoured by a maddening virus, turn on their allies, and kill or, for some, be killed. Even now, while writing this review, looking at the cover of this issue, where Batman is being torn to pieces by members of his family, I’m uncomfortable…and I mean that in the best of ways. Despite being a ‘difficult’ read for long-time fans, in that this series reminds readers that even the strongest don’t always survive, DCeased is incredibly rewarding.
Tom Taylor knows tension: The stakes in this story terribly high, the script is paced in a way that encourages manic page flipping, and this book’s ending, much like the debut’s cliffhanger, inspires serious anxiety.
The man responsible for bringing this nightmare to life, artist Trevor Hairsine, renders Taylor’s hell-on-earth scenario perfectly. There’s gore and violence, sure, but in capturing the emotional reaction–the horror–of those bearing witness to the troubling acts that riddle this plot, Hairsine give this series the power to haunt.
DCeased remains a must-read.
DCeased continues to shock and excite with its fascinating plot and intense imagery. Tom Taylor’s DCU is a dark and scary place that, when reading DCeased, I’m happy to call home.