Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Trevor Hairsine & Stefano Gaudiano (pp.1-6,15-26) James Harren (pp.7-14)
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Editor: Ben Abernathy
One of the best decisions DC Comics ever made was deciding to pick Tom Taylor to write the Injustice comic series. They let him explore the world based on the Injustice video game and tell a compelling story. It appears that DC has made another one of these fantastic decisions with DCeased. This time Taylor has been given the keys to his own version of the DC universe and I couldn’t be more excited to see what he does with it. DCeased explores what happens when a (more) twisted version of the Anti-Life equation is released on earth via the internet. It instantly infects 600 million people and turns them into crazed murderous monsters. Can the superheroes of earth band together and stop it? Can they survive the first 24 hours? We are going to find out.
This issue is paced excellently and wastes no time in explaining what the virus is and how high the stakes truly are. He makes use of a mysterious narrator throughout the book and the effect is excellent. I really enjoyed seeing this earth’s version of the Justice League. In two pages Taylor manages to plant the seed for an issue that may divide the team going forward. Tom Taylor has always been excellent at channeling the voice of the characters he’s writing and he really does an excellent job in this book. Cyborg is humorous and brave in a truly dire situation. Batman is prepared for every scenario even if that means making the unpopular choice. Superman has hope when facing impossible odds and it’s clear in this issue how much he loves his wife and son.
The lettering from Saida Temofonte in this book is very powerful tool. Throughout the book you are reading narration of the events from a mysterious person. It feels like you are reading out of an old journal and it provides hints of where the story is going.
With a book handling such a horrifying concept the art is crucial to how the story is told. Rain Beredo’s color is consistent and excellent throughout the whole issue. I particularly enjoyed James Harren’s take on Apokolips. It’s here that Harren shows us how high the stakes are and how awful this techno-virus is. Trevor Hairsine & Stefano Gaudiano do an excellent job of depicting what happens immediately when the techno-virus is released on earth. There are two panels, with Superman and Cyborg, where you truly are given the sense of horror that they are experiencing. I would love to know what Hairsine and Gaudiano thought when Taylor told them about the last two pages of this issue. They nailed it and the result is horrifying.
Tom Taylor wastes no time in this riveting first issue to make one thing abundantly clear. No one is safe and things are going to get a lot worse from here. This is going to be a wild ride and i’m terrified and excited to see what’s next.