Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Trevor Hairsine
Inker: Stefano Gaudiano
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letter: Saida Temofonte
Release date: 7/3/19
Tom Taylor and company are back with the latest installment of this year’s most terrifying comic, DCeased. This issue opens by answering the cliffhanger from the previous issue and one that may surprise many, but after first succumbing to the Anti Life equation, Batman is now dead. Alfred being the one to put him down with a shotgun blast to the heart at point blank range. I’m not sure if this was Tom’s intentions, but I took that as a bit of foreshadowing for the rest of the issue.
We’re quickly reminded of just how vast the threat of the new Anti-Life equation is when were taken to Atlantis. We learn that the virus can now travel though blood of the infected, even worse is that blood is coursing through the ocean, infecting all in its path. Zombie Sharks have never been a more chilling thought, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen a panel as grotesque yet beautiful as when (Redacted) tore their own face apart. One moment that does come close though is when we see an Anti-Life Clayface rampaging through the streets.
The Story does an amazing job showcasing Superman’s emotional weaknesses. He could easily overpower a city full of zombies if needed, but you get to see him dealing with people who are close to him that adds a psychological anchor. This is greatly highlighted as Clark makes his way to his hometown of Smallville. As we see Clark approaching the basement door we all know what’s inside, this doesn’t make the reveal any easier to digest.
Overall this is an amazing book. The artistic team does a great job highlighting the fact that this is a horror comic by making each zombified character as monstrous as one could imagine. Anything can happen in this Elseworld story, and Taylor never gives you the impression that anybody is safe. One last thing I’ll add is how badass the newest Green Lantern Dinah Lance is, and I can’t wait to see her go all out. DCeased #3 comes out July 3rd so don’t miss out! Grab yourself one of the beautiful horror variant covers that come along with it.