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"DCeased #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Trevor Hairsine
Inked by Stefano Gaudiano
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 5th, 2019


A deadly virus is sweeping across the globe, infecting millions of people, including heroes and villains. The Justice League is scattered and they don't yet understand the full size and scope of what they're up against. Hope may lie in Batman, but even the Dark Knight is not immune to this disease.

DCeased hit with a bang and it's only gotten more frightening. This issue ups the body count considerably and delivers some pretty emotional deaths. Since these characters are all linked, not just as teammates, but as family, it makes this spreading virus all the more harrowing. A perfect example of this is Superman. He's been fortunate in that he was able to save his wife and son from the disease and Robin was nearby so he's ok, but the same cannot be said for Batman.

In times of great strife or carnage, Batman has always been the rock. He's the person any hero can turn to because he's the guy with the contingency plan for everything. While Superman may be the boy scout, Batman is the one who's always prepared. What do the heroes of the DC Universe do when this reliable source of knowledge and strategy is struck down?

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Of course, the Caped Crusader isn't going down without a fight. We saw in the previous issue that he had to take down some of his own allies which was heartbreaking. Writer Tom Taylor may have stuck the knife in with that chapter, but he aims to twist it with this one. You have to admire Batman's strength to carry on, even in the face of imminent death. Any normal person would have given up by now, but the last thing you'd call him is normal.

We're used to seeing Batman as this monument of muscle, standing confident and strong. Artist Trevor Hairsine shows us a different version of the Dark Knight, one that's finally come to terms with the limits of a mortal man. He looks smaller and skinnier than usual, like the disease has already ravaged his body, but not yet his mind.

When someone is infected, they take on a crazed look. They want nothing more than to inflict as much violence as possible, lashing out at anyone and everyone, even close friends or relatives. Anyone in the near vicinity is in danger. This is felt over and over again in DCeased #2. Any time one of the infected appears on the page, it sends a shiver up your spine as it's a new threat.

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The infected have deep gashes across their face, adding to their insane and terrifying visage. This is a little reminiscent of Crossed at times, but obviously a little more reined in. These folks strike a far more frightening chord though as we are deeply invested in these characters. We've followed their adventures for years so seeing this version of them is rather unsettling.

While the infected don't really speak, their presence is definitely felt. Letterer Saida Temofonte creates some of the creepiest sound effects ever in DCeased #2. The words scrawl across the page in a jagged and intimidating font that cuts deep. You can't have jump scares in comics the way you do in movies, but things like this will freak you out.

There's a dark tone throughout this entire comic for obvious reasons. The world has been sent into chaos. Colorist Rain Beredo creates this unmistakable feeling of foreboding on every page. Even things that traditionally provide hope, such as the light of a Green Lantern ring or Superman's billowing red cape, feel like dreadful omens. They can't quite cut through the impending darkness.

DCeased #2 steadily builds to an impressive cliffhanger. I found myself getting more and more tense as the comic went on, getting wrapped up in the emotional turmoil of these characters. You could tell where things were going to go, but there's this small glimmer of hope that something would happen at the last minute to take us off this collision course. That's not the story we're going to get in DCeased. This won't have a happy ending. The body count is already pretty high and it's only going to get bigger. DCeased is quickly becoming the gold standard in horror super hero comics.


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Overall: 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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