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"DCeased: Unkillables #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Karl Mostert
Inked by Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, and John Livesay
Colored by Rex Lokus
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2020, 44 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on February 19th, 2020

Review:

In a world where the heroes and most of the population has been turned into ravenous monsters, what do the bad guys do? DCeased continues with Unkillables, a new mini-series following the likes of Deathstroke and the Red Hood as they navigate a land ravaged by the Anti-Life virus.

There are two very different narratives in DCeased: Unkillables, but both present similar themes of survival for obvious reasons. Deathstroke's healing factor allows his body to purge the virus from his system, but not without a momentary loss of control. He's trying to save his daughter, Ravager, and ends up roped in with a few other villains. Red Hood realizes the value of family only when they're gone. He's the elder member of the Bat family now and bristles at the idea. How can he be the rebellious bad boy when there's no one to rebel against?

Artist Karl Mostert captures the sheer terror of the Anti-Life virus in DCeased: Unkillables. This disease removes all inhibitions and turns people into cannibalistic beasts, clawing and tearing their way through anything and everything. Seeing Deathstroke come out of this haze is terrifying in and of itself, as he does so with his hands around a stranger's neck. Now, Slade is no stranger to murder. The guy is a mercenary. It's still unsettling as we see it from Deathstroke's eyes, with the image getting clearer as time goes on.

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Red Hood's story starts in a little more subdued nature, although far more heartbreaking. He shows up in the Batcave to find Bruce, Dick, and Tim dead. Much of this is presented without dialogue, allowing for the weight of the scene to really set in. The Dark Knight is gone. He's usually the one who gets us out of things like this.

Mostert's artwork has some variations throughout this issue since it was inked by three different people. Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, and John Livesay all contributed to inking in DCeased: Unkillables #1. There are no credits as to who did what page, but you can see some shifts between scenes. It's not a huge difference and it tends to work in the book's favor with courser lines in some sequences and thinner in others.

Blood is a real stand out in this comic and there's quite a lot of it around. Colorist Rex Lokus uses a disturbing dark red for most of this and it's often splattered across the page in buckets. Usually this is a sign of the infected, as they've clawed at their own body as the virus ravaged their system.

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Lokus also uses a lot of darker colors with a hefty amount of greys. As Red Hood points out halfway through this issue, it's an apocalypse. This casts an ominous cloud over the entire DC Universe. The days of the bright shining sun in the city of Metropolis are over. This is a Gotham story and things are far more grim.

Letterer Saida Temofonte delivers some solid work in the dialogue, but where things really stand out are with the sound effects and the captions. We're reminded of where we are and how long the Anti-Life virus has been active by these blood-drenched titles, further setting the stage for the gruesome battles in store for us. Similarly, the sound effects are shown in a sickening font, conveying the carnage and bloodshed facing each of these characters.

DCeased is an incredible and terrifying comic that stands on its own with a beginning, middle, and end. I didn't think we needed more from this world, but Unkillables proved me wrong and I could not be happier about that. This is a character-driven horror story that shakes the DC Universe to its core. Writer Tom Taylor returns to this world with a bang; a bloody, horrifying bang.

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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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