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"DCeased: Hope at World's End #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Renato Guedes
Colored by Rex Lokus
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2020, 23 pages, $0.99
Comic released on June 2nd, 2020

Review:

We've seen how the Anti-Life Equation plague tore through Gotham and Metropolis, but halfway around the world in Kahndaq, it's a different story. Black Adam rules over his country with an iron fist and he's not going to let these zombies invade. With a swift move, lightning rained down from the sky, killing them all at once...but is that enough? Are his people safe? And if Kahndaq is really a sanctuary, what does that mean for the rest of the world?

With how wide and vast the DC Universe is, DCeased clearly has many more stories to tell. This series, Hope at World's End, is filling in some of the blanks and it's absolutely riveting. Black Adam presents a very unique perspective and it's incredibly relevant right now. His decision to close his borders to any and all in an effort to fight a plague sounds a little familiar, huh? Unsurprisingly, it doesn't go as planned.

I'm a big fan of Black Adam. There's something about him that just works for me. He doesn't play by the rules of the heroes or villains in the DC Universe. He's his own man and he's also a leader of a nation, so he sees things differently, as his first interest is the safety of his people. DCeased: Hope at World's End #2 shows him at his most powerful and discerning as he enacts swift justice and then follows it up with some humble moments as he realizes the terror he's spread among his people. It's a great dynamic.

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Artist Renato Guedes brings out these qualities in spades. Black Adam swoops down from the sky as a force of nature. He's often shown from below, so his image is even more intimidating as he stares down at the infected. This continues with a great confrontation with Superman where he holds his head high as he tells the big blue Boy Scout to go take a long walk off a short pier. Finally, bringing it all the way back around, there's a look of exhaustion on him as he finally sits on his throne again, coming to terms with everything he's done.

There's one panel that's mirrored in this issue, first with Black Adam and then with Superman, showing the caped heroes standing in front of the sun. Colorist Rex Lokus plays with the tone of each scene, with the first one appearing frightening while the other has some hope. Despite Black Adam's best intentions, he's still a menacing force. The pages with Superman are brighter, like they're feeding off of his strength and hope.

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The sound effects in DCeased and all of its tie-ins really stand out. Letterer Saida Temofonte makes you feel every monstrous bit of them, making sure you understand that pure, unbridled terror has invaded this world. When an infected attacks, it does so with a sickening sound, tearing flesh and destroying life as we know it.

Misdirection is used very well in DCeased: Hope at World's End #2. Writer Tom Taylor never lets us forget that the infected are close by, however there are times when you feel almost safe, like maybe everything will be ok. We know that to be untrue since we have seen the end of this overall story, but that doesn't stop us from hoping...then the other shoe falls and we're plunged back into the depths of terror. This issue has a great closer that comes out of nowhere and hits with a bang. It shows just how quickly things can go wrong and hope can be snuffed out. In the blink of an eye, the danger reaches new heights.

Grades:

Story: fivestars Cover
Buy from Amazon US
Art: fourandahalfstars
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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