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"DCeased #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2019, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 1st, 2019

Review:

Death has come to the DC Universe and it's not the cute goth girl this time. A deadly virus is sweeping through the populace, turning everyone it touches into homicidal maniacs. What is the Justice League to do in a situation like this?

Before we dig too far into this review, let's clarify what DCeased is not. It's not Blackest Night or Marvel Zombies. Those have their own spot in the super hero/horror Venn diagram. This is something entirely different. It's more like 28 Days Later meets Stephen King's Cell set in the DC Universe.

The virus spins out of Apokolips and the Anti-Life Equation. I will admit that I've never been too jazzed about the New Gods. They're portrayed more like monsters here, which is something I can get behind. Darkseid thinks he's found the other half of this equation, but instead created something much worse.

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The results of this virus are nothing short of horrifying. Artists Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren show the effects in the most painful way possible. The infected scratch deep gouges into their faces, like they're trying to claw out the disease that's ravaging their brain. There's a look of confused pain that quickly turns to sheer insanity as they turn their attention to others.

What really stands out in these shots is the blood. Colorist Rain Beredo splashes the page with a mixture of red, from the bright, freshly spilled blood to the darker, dried version. It mixes together to create an all-around terrifying experience, adding to the chaos of this pandemic.

I'm not usually a fan of switching artists in the middle of a comic, but DCeased #1 pulls it off, as different artists handle different scenes. Hairsine and Gaudiano take care of the sequences on Earth while Harren illustrates those on Apokolips. This lessens the jarring feeling when switching between styles, as each world has its own unique look.

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The narration in DCeased #1 is presented like excerpts from a news story. Letterer Saida Temofonte uses a font like that of a typewriter in caption boxes that appear torn from paper. This makes for a more matter-of-fact presentation, like we're getting the facts without the emotion behind it. This contrasts well with the violent imagery on the page.

Unsurprisingly, DCeased #1 is mostly the setup. This series has been teased for quite some time, but the big question was how would they do something like this? Writer Tom Taylor lays out the origins of this virus in a very clear manner, putting the Justice League up against something they can't just punch or throw into the sun. Now with that set up, where do they go next? After the end of this issue, I can't wait to find out. DCeased has brought horror to the DC Universe in a big way.

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About The Author
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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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