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"DCeased #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics


Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Trevor Hairsine
Inked by Stefano Gaudiano
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2019, 32 Pages
Comic released on October 2nd, 2019


The remaining heroes of the DC Universe have been through quite a lot in a short period of time. A deadly disease has torn across the planet, turning everyone it infects into ravenous, bloodthirsty monsters. So many have died already, yet Superman leads the charge to keep the survivors safe. An organized effort is under way to relocate refugees and keep them away from the infected...but is it enough? Is humanity doomed?

There's some massive traction in DCeased #5. The heroes spring into action in a big way, not necessarily to combat this virus, as there's not a lot they can do to fight it, but to at least stop the epidemic in its tracks. They draw a line in the sand and say, “No more.”

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Of course, this is a horror comic. You didn't think it would be that easy, did you? There's this false sense of security that sets in about midway through DCeased #5. I started to think that maybe, just maybe, they could be turning the tide on this. Then writer Tom Taylor punched me right in the gut...twice. This issue delivers a powerful double-sided cliffhanger that knocked the wind right out of me. It is shocking, terrifying, and heartbreaking all at once and it happens so quickly that my head is still reeling from it.

Obviously, I'm not going to spoil it here, but you can probably figure some of it out, especially since preview pages for the sixth and final issue are out there in the world now. In any case, we get some more infected characters and artist Trevor Hairsine did a brilliant job in turning some pinnacles of strength and good into horrifying monsters.

When the turn happens, the characters get darker and more menacing. This makes sense given their new murderous tendencies. Inker Stefano Gaudiano amplifies this sinister twist, adding some darker lines around them.

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Then there are the sounds they make. These are guttural screams of pure rage and anguish. They're consumed by this virus, replacing any sentience. Letterer Saida Temofonte used a rough font that perfectly encapsulates this feeling.

Hairsine's designs for some of these characters, particularly Superman, humanizes them. They're not towering figures of muscle. They're just people, more lean than your typical super hero. Superman has been through quite a lot, yet still manages to stand up straight. There are times when the severity of the situation hits him and he slouches just a bit and that's when he is his most human.

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DCeased #5 also has one of the goriest moments of the year. It's super gross yet awesome. Hairsine did a great job here and colorist Rain Beredo filled the sequence with a sickening shade of red to take care of all that blood. It's like the infected are...well...infected. Their blood is darker than a normal person's would be.

Have you ever cried from watching a horror movie or reading a horror book? I can almost assure you that you'll tear up by the end of DCeased #5. It's a roller coaster of emotion, going from hope to terror to heartbreak and it's riveting every step of the way. Then, just when you think you've made it out the other side, the last twist happens and everything changes. There's one issue left in this series and it cannot come soon enough.


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Art: fourstars
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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