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"DCeased: Dead Planet #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics


Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Trevor Hairsine
Inked by Gigi Baldassini and Tom Derenick
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered By Saida Temofonte
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 1st, 2020


With the world ravaged by the Anti-Life Equation, turning millions into zombies, things couldn't possibly get any worse. Oh, the devil is coming? I stand corrected. Things could get worse. Trigon, Raven's demon father is coming to end the world entirely, that is unless the last remaining heroes can put a stop to him. They're a little preoccupied though, as they may have found a cure for this disease that's torn through the world. Also, a few villains holed up in a bunker have decided to take matters into their own hands and exterminate the infected altogether.

Needless to say, some shit is going down in DCeased: Dead Planet #6. Writer Tom Taylor is throwing everything against the wall and it's all sticking. While there's a lot to take in with this penultimate chapter, every single bit hits home. They each resonate and carry the kind of world-ending gravitas you'd expect at this point.

Let's start with the cure. Taylor does some great plotting to show the hope that the heroes are generating at this possibility at the same time as the villains are preparing an all out assault on what's left of humanity. On one side you have the possibility of curing all these people and on the other it's just cutting the losses and killing them all. That's some great drama.

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Artist Trevor Hairsine captures this well, contrasting the scenes of uplifting hope with the heroes with carnage and bloodshed from the villains. There is something absolute and so very frightening about a pack of Amazo androids flying through the air, laser blasting the ravenous horde of people below them. Colorist Rain Beredo highlights this juxtaposition well, moving from the bright lights of the heroes to the dark, ominous tones of the villains. The only downside is that some of the forms look a little off, like they're too tall and skinny.

DCeased: Dead Planet #6 has its fair share of fantastic character moments, but the one that really stands out is between Big Barda and Mister Miracle. The couple has been torn apart by the virus, with Barda exiled on a far off desolate world to protect others from her strength. When the two are brought back into contact and the cure is tested, there's a beautiful moment where everything just clicks. It's enough to bring a tear to your eye.

You won't get to enjoy that heartfelt scene for too long as the horrors are piling up. Remember Trigon? Well, John Constantine has a plan for him. Inkers Gigi Baldassini and Tom Derenick highlight the shadows around the character as he pulls the strings for his plan, no matter the cost. I haven't really appreciated Constantine, although books like this help me understand why he's such an endearing character. He's a selfish asshole, but he's always ready to go all out against the forces of darkness. He's someone you will regrettably want to have in your corner.

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As Constantine's plan comes to fruition, he pulls together a who's who of magical entities and artifacts. Letterer Saida Temofonte drives home the sheer power at play here. My favorite shot comes when Jason Blood appears in a burst of fire. There's an explosion outlined as “FWOOM” in flames in the air that I absolutely love.

DCeased: Dead Planet shows that there's still hope even in the darkest of moments. There are still heroes in this post-apocalyptic version of the DC Universe...even if they're an utter bastard like John Constantine. So much is coming to a head as this series reaches its epic conclusion and I have no idea how it's all going to shake out, but I can't wait to see it.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
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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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