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"DCeased: Unkillables #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics


Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Karl Mostert
Inked by Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards & Karl Mostert
Colored by Rex Lokus
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2020, 43 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on May 19th, 2020


A ragtag group of villains and misfits are the only salvation for a group of orphans surrounded by ravenous undead. This team – if you can call it that – is not the heroic cavalry you might expect, but they're used to getting their hands dirty and that's exactly what is needed if they hope to survive this.

DCeased has been a solid horror tale on its own, but it's really elevated by its use of the DC characters we've been following for decades. Writer Tom Taylor pulls on heartstrings and the countless stories that have come before to tell an epic for the ages that creates quite an impact. We've seen how he treats the heroes in the main series. This follow-up, DCeased: Unkillables, does the same with the bad guys.

What's even more incredible is how we get this feeling with characters that aren't necessarily your A-list. Be honest. When was the last time you – or anyone – cared about the Creeper? Yet, he's a central player in this story and his arc is beautiful. The same can be said for every one of the bunch, including Solomon Grundy, Deathstroke, and Lady Shiva. They all have great moments that show how a world-ending event like this can change everyone, even a villain.

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As if this wasn't enough, there is an epic twist in this final issue that totally shocked me. I did not see it coming at all. In this day and age, it's hard to truly surprise people in comics and this one got me good. It's a huge pay off too, building on everything that's come before in both series and delivering a climax fitting for the caliber of this tale.

Artist Karl Mostert delivers some heart-pounding action sequences with a variety of panel layouts that add so much to the fun and excitement. I love how the panels come in at odd angles when the battle heats up, creating a more chaotic energy than the traditional structure.

My only complaint about Mostert's pencils is that the faces of many of the characters are identical. We can tell people apart based on additional details like beards and costumes, but this sameness was a bit of a bummer.

Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, and Karl Mostert all worked to ink DCeased: Unkillables #3 and they all work to capture the solid detail work on display. Usually when you switch between inkers like that you can tell when the handoff happened, as the style changes. Lines get thicker or thinner. That isn't really the case here.

Colorist Rex Lokus turns in some dynamite work, particularly with the blood splatter...and there's quite a lot of that. At times it's practically dripping off the page. There are different types too. There's the brighter shade that appears when someone is cut or slashed open, then there's the darker, grimmer color that comes from the dried blood on an infected's clothes. The latter is creepier, as it's clear that blood has been there for a while and they simply don't care anymore.

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Speaking of the infected, they really don’t speak so much as growl. Letterer Saida Temofonte shows these guttural sounds in word balloons that kind of trail off with a monstrous font to match. You get the sense that they've forgotten how to use their vocal cords, making basic grunts to express their rage.

I realize I wrote this whole thing and didn't mention Red Hood or Batgirl, who play an integral part in this series. Their arc is just as interesting, although the villains outshine them a bit. The outcasts of the Bat family serve as a good entry point for the bad guys and a human perspective on all this. They bear witness to the last heroic acts of people that were previously trying to kill each other, rob banks, and take over the world.

DCeased: Unkillables is a powerful horror comic that's full of heart. Our care for these characters makes the tragic and terrifying events they encounter all the more harrowing. I didn't think we could top the original DCeased series, but this one did it in spades.


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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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