DCeased #1 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on May 01, 2019

Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Trevor Hairsine and James Harren
Inking by Stefano Gaudiano
Colouring by Rain Beredo
Lettering by Saida Temofonte
Not clear that it's out of continuity. Costumes are the same
Appreciate James Harren but what's the point?
Really light narration lettering. Hard to read and so obviously unclear in contrast to the art
Zombie stories featuring superheroes aren't exactly a new thing, so it's all up to the execution by the creative team to make the story more memorable, to deliver on the character moments that make a lot of zombie plots engaging. While this isn't a zombie story per se, it has the frequent trappings of one and plays out like a traditional version of this kind of story.
Trevor Hairsine and James Harren handle the line art, while Stefano Gaudiano provides inkwork over Hairsine's art. This is a pretty fantastic looking book, with Rain Beredo in particular greatly contrasting the superhero elements with the more horrific images of the story. Hairsine handles the bulk of the book and he has a very traditional style that is shockingly merged with people ripping up their own faces. It's a deft way to make the action seem more violent, by having the characters look like they do in the mainline DC books as opposed to designing entirely new costumes to set it apart. In case you weren't aware, this is an out-of-continuity story. There isn't much save for the ending that really indicates this, since Tom Taylor provides a nice and natural way to introduce this virus threat to Earth.
James Harren has a few pages here and they look great. Harren is a favourite of mine. It seems Beredo also coloured these pages and used an entirely different technique, which I greatly appreciated since Harren's energy benefits from a brighter palette.
Saida Temofonte is a great letterer but I took issue with the narration boxes she used. They had a really light font that looked especially odd when compared to the bright and sharp art around them. They were hard to read and I had to strain my eyes and zoom in to see what the text was conveying, which isn't what I'm looking for in a well-lettered book.
This book benefits from another solid, fun Tom Taylor script. Despite the darkness of the virus spreading across the planet and affecting our favourite characters, he always manages a fun beat here or there that keep things light and realistic. The way he weaves the virus into the story is also a fairly natural and speedy one, though I don't much care for him repeatedly pointing out that social media is what the virus uses to transmit to people. It's a played out concept and I didn't care for it. I'm sure the ending is going to rile up fans when the issue hits, too.
This was a fun and brutal start. Fans of these characters should check this out because the team is clearly taking a no-holds-barred approach to this universe. The art is incredible and the script sings.

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