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"DCeased: Dead Planet #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Trevor Hairsine
Inked by Gigi Baldissini with Stefano Gaudiano
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2021, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 19th, 2021

Review:

This is it. The last showdown between good and evil unfolds around the world as the survival of humanity hangs in the balance. An army of Amazos is killing infected people by the thousands, leaving a trail of scorched bodies in its wake. The Justice League has found a cure for the Anti-Life Equation and they're racing to provide it to everyone in time. Meanwhile, Trigon has arrived on Earth, laying waste to everything in his path.

DCeased: Dead Planet is going out with a bang. There's action on all fronts as we bounce from one epic battle to the next. Writer Tom Taylor maintains a strong emotional thread throughout the entire issue. It's not just big bombastic fight scenes. You feel the gravitas of each event, understanding what's at stake.

Letterer Saida Temofonte hits with some powerful sound effects. Each blow has a major impact that can shake the entire planet. I love how the sounds are scrawled across the page in a scratchy font.

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Yes, billions of lives are in danger, but there are these close, personal beats, like John Constantine stepping up or Jon Kent standing against Trigon alone that carry such weight. We know the histories of these characters and more importantly, what they've been through in this series alone. They're desperate and battered, yet they find the strength to soldier on and do what's right.

In the scheme of things, the Amazo army might have been enough to make DCeased: Dark Planet #7 an epic finale. Adding Trigon into the mix can feel a bit like overkill, but the way it's framed works. Artist Trevor Hairsine makes the demon look like an absolute monster. He stands as tall as Godzilla and he's made of pure muscle and hate with the fires of Hell coursing through his veins.

Hairsine's artwork is gritty and rough at times, which is a nice fit for the story and setting. Inker Gigi Baldissini, joined by Stefano Gaudiano, provides some great character rendering that drives home the burden saddled on their shoulders.

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There's a dark cloud hanging over the world in DCeased: Dead Planet and for good reason. The world is basically ending. Colorist Rain Beredo casts a dreary tone that has occasional spots of light, like maybe the heroes will pull this off after all.

DCeased: Dead Planet shows how you can have big super hero action with a strong, character-driven story all wrapped in a terrifying horror story. It has a somber ending with its share of sadness, but its tinged with hope. It's a fitting end for this story that began back in DCeased. Moreover, it shows how good can triumph over evil even if the odds are stacked so very high against them.

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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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