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"DC The Doomed and the Damned #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by John Arcudi, Amedeo Turturro, Saldin Ahmed, Alyssa Wong, Kenny Porter, Brandon Thomas, Amanda Deibert, Travis Moore, Marv Wolfman, and Garth Ennis
Illustrated by Mike Perkins, Max Fiumara, Leonardo Manco, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Riley Rossmo, Baldemar Rivas, Travis Moore, Daniel Sampere, Tom Mandrake, and PJ Holden
Colored by Andy Troy, Dave Stewart, Mike Spicer, Marissa Louise, Ivan Plascencia, Adriano Lucas, Alejandro Sanchez, Sian Mandrake, and John Kalisz
Lettered by Tom Napolitano, Aditya Bidikar,Marshall Dillon, Steve Wands, Saida Temofonte, Becca Carey, Carlos M. Mangual, and Rob Steen
2020, 84 Pages, $9.99
Comic released on October 13th, 2020

Review:

The second DC Halloween Special of 2020 puts a spin on the classic Brave and the Bold concept, throwing two characters together in a fun and interesting team up, albeit with a horror spin. This collection features ten tales of terror with well-known characters like Wonder Woman and Superman, as well as Etrigan the Demon, Ra's Al Ghul, and Man-Bat. The one exception to the team-up idea seems to be Batman who has always been a bit of a loner.

There's a wide assortment of scares in DC The Doomed and the Damned and they're all great. There is not a weak story in this book. While most are spooky, there are some that play with humor as well. That's especially true for the last tale, “Baytor Versus Darkseid”, from writer Garth Ennis, artist PJ Holden, colorist John Kalisz, and letterer Rob Steen. It's equal parts bizarre and frightening, mostly due to the inclusion of Bueno and his wife, Guts. She's a set of internal organs without a body.

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If I had to pick a favorite, it's a tossup between “The Shadow Over Coast City” from writer Kenny Porter, artist Riley Rossmo, colorist Ivan Plascencia, and letterer Tom Napolitano, and “Urban Legends” from writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Leonardo Manco, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer Marshall Dillon. The former features a team up between Green Lantern and Etrigan and the latter is the aforementioned Batman solo adventure.

I'll never get tired of Rossmo's artwork and this short story is no different. It plays to his strengths with some outlandish visuals, including Jason Blood's transformation into the demon Etrigan and the bizarre demon the duo encounters. There's a sense of movement in these images, like they're ready to fly off the page and continue the fight in your living room. Porter's story weaves the sci-fi nature of Green Lantern's adventures with the supernatural ones of Etrigan in a seamless fashion.

The Batman story is a different vibe, although a bit scarier. Manco's artwork is tight and precise, filled with tons of impressive detail. The monster the Dark Knight faces is like one of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. Batman narrates most of his actions, showing off his detective work and filling us in on the details which can come across as a little strange, but it's how the story moves forward. Ahmed works with a chilling subject with a spin on the classic Bloody Mary trope that works very well.

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I'm so glad that DC has continued this tradition of the horror anthology each year. DC The Doomed and the Damned is another solid entry in this. It shows how you can have a ton of scares in the DC Universe, even with characters like Wonder Woman and Superman. Sure, they're saving planets and averting crises most of the time, but others are filled with demons and other monsters.

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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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