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What happens to the World's Finest if the world ends? With death spreading across the planet, who will live and who will turn in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? It's the end of the world as we know it! Six hundred million people worldwide are instantly turned into violent, monstrous engines of destruction when their minds are recoded with a corr What happens to the World's Finest if the world ends? With death spreading across the planet, who will live and who will turn in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? It's the end of the world as we know it! Six hundred million people worldwide are instantly turned into violent, monstrous engines of destruction when their minds are recoded with a corrupted Anti-Life Equation from Apokolips. The heroes of Earth are fighting a losing battle to save humanity, save the world and save themselves, in one of the most shocking tales ever told in the DC Universe. Fighting time, each other and all of humanity, Earth's greatest heroes must rally together for what may very well be their last chance to save the world from the most terrible plague humanity has ever seen. The Anti-Life Equation has been released and is ravaging the world at the viral speed of social media. Once exposed, victims lose their minds, violently attacking all around them. The heroes of Earth are fighting a losing battle to save the world...and themselves! With time running out, who will live and who will die in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? Collects issues #1-6.


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What happens to the World's Finest if the world ends? With death spreading across the planet, who will live and who will turn in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? It's the end of the world as we know it! Six hundred million people worldwide are instantly turned into violent, monstrous engines of destruction when their minds are recoded with a corr What happens to the World's Finest if the world ends? With death spreading across the planet, who will live and who will turn in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? It's the end of the world as we know it! Six hundred million people worldwide are instantly turned into violent, monstrous engines of destruction when their minds are recoded with a corrupted Anti-Life Equation from Apokolips. The heroes of Earth are fighting a losing battle to save humanity, save the world and save themselves, in one of the most shocking tales ever told in the DC Universe. Fighting time, each other and all of humanity, Earth's greatest heroes must rally together for what may very well be their last chance to save the world from the most terrible plague humanity has ever seen. The Anti-Life Equation has been released and is ravaging the world at the viral speed of social media. Once exposed, victims lose their minds, violently attacking all around them. The heroes of Earth are fighting a losing battle to save the world...and themselves! With time running out, who will live and who will die in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? Collects issues #1-6.

30 review for DCeased

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    DCeased didn't blow me away because I felt like I'd seen this sort of thing before, but it managed to be an entertaining story anyway. It reminded me a bit of Earth 2 (where they took out the big 3) mashed up with Marvel Zombies (wacky infection!), and of course, Injustice with its crazy-shocking surprises & deaths. Why did that work? I personally feel it was Tom Taylor's skill as a writer that managed to pull it off and make it seem somewhat fresh. somewhat because I'm turning into one o DCeased didn't blow me away because I felt like I'd seen this sort of thing before, but it managed to be an entertaining story anyway. It reminded me a bit of Earth 2 (where they took out the big 3) mashed up with Marvel Zombies (wacky infection!), and of course, Injustice with its crazy-shocking surprises & deaths. Why did that work? I personally feel it was Tom Taylor's skill as a writer that managed to pull it off and make it seem somewhat fresh. <--I say somewhat because I'm turning into one of those jaded a-holes who've read too many of the same comics, but even as that a-hole I know that there are only so many different ways to tell stories. Ok, here's the gist: Darkseid won. Ish. He downloaded the anti-life equation and sent it to Earth, using electronics to spread a disease that basically turns people into what we think of as zombies. This story doesn't take place in the main DC universe so Taylor gets to play with the characters and plot in ways that he would never be able to if this were a straight-up Justice League tale. Which is why a lot of us who have read way too many a fair amount of comics get a kick out of these kinds of things. For what it set out to do, I think it's a good comic. I'll be reading the next volume for sure.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    4.5 stars "I know things look dark . . . but you're the light. You're the hope. You're going to change the universe, I know it. No pressure." (tears in his eyes) "Just keep helping." -- Superman, to his son Jon Imagine if Stephen King and George Romero (who memorably worked together several years ago to respectively write and direct the Creepshow film) teamed up to pen a bloodily horror-tinged, zombie-apocalyptic story starring the Justice League. I think the outcome would be something like DCease 4.5 stars "I know things look dark . . . but you're the light. You're the hope. You're going to change the universe, I know it. No pressure." (tears in his eyes) "Just keep helping." -- Superman, to his son Jon Imagine if Stephen King and George Romero (who memorably worked together several years ago to respectively write and direct the Creepshow film) teamed up to pen a bloodily horror-tinged, zombie-apocalyptic story starring the Justice League. I think the outcome would be something like DCeased. One of the strengths of the book was the sustained suspense or tension - all bets are off here, as a number of our heroes (along with a multitude of common folks) become infected with a mysterious virus - spread, per a unique aspect, through social media screens - which quickly turns them into frenzied, unstoppable monsters. Even though it can be argued that the standard plot-line of many Justice League stories involves the 'saving the world' angle, DCeased wisely ups the ante fairly early on by making it pretty clear that Earth is simply doomed. An ensemble cast, trying their best to bravely fight an uphill battle and/or delay the inevitable, is used extremely well, and there are even some nice surprises - such as an unexpected honor bestowed upon Black Canary (yes!), and a heartfelt conversation between the young sons of Superman and Batman - and humor in the mix.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I'm more of a trade collector, but I had to get this issue by issue for spoilers and man oh man...it was a ride. So the Anti-life equation is here in full force. Death is coming for ALL our heroes and we have very little time left. The first issue starts off vicious with plenty of characters getting killed off quickly. Batman has a plan but maybe the guy with ALL the plans won't have one this time...maybe just maybe...he's one of the first to go? Thinks are dire through this entire series but it I'm more of a trade collector, but I had to get this issue by issue for spoilers and man oh man...it was a ride. So the Anti-life equation is here in full force. Death is coming for ALL our heroes and we have very little time left. The first issue starts off vicious with plenty of characters getting killed off quickly. Batman has a plan but maybe the guy with ALL the plans won't have one this time...maybe just maybe...he's one of the first to go? Thinks are dire through this entire series but it does something so right that a lot of horror stories forget to do. Give us great characters. Make us FEEL when people die instead of just going "oh look at the cool kill" and Taylor nails it. Each character has their moment to shine but a lot of deaths hit hard because it's emotional. The art is also great with some horrifying deaths mixed with bombastic action. Really, DCeased is a rare mini that will be great for a lot of people. Love zombie type stories? This works well. Love DC characters? This will work well. Love great art mixed with wonderful character moments? This works even better. This is a must read this year IMO and a easy 5 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Tom Taylor seems to be DC's go to guy for longform Elseworlds versions of the DC universe. First there was Earth-2, then Injustice and Injustice 2, and now DCeased. But considering all of those were great and so is this, why mess with a good thing? Of course, this is going to be compared to books like Marvel Zombies. But that series quickly became goofy as hell. Taylor plays it straight here with lots of heart and even some bits of humor. Taylor even comes up with a plausible way for this to all Tom Taylor seems to be DC's go to guy for longform Elseworlds versions of the DC universe. First there was Earth-2, then Injustice and Injustice 2, and now DCeased. But considering all of those were great and so is this, why mess with a good thing? Of course, this is going to be compared to books like Marvel Zombies. But that series quickly became goofy as hell. Taylor plays it straight here with lots of heart and even some bits of humor. Taylor even comes up with a plausible way for this to all start by working in Darkseid's quest for the Anti-Life Equation. It gets corrupted while inserting it into Cyborg who spreads it across the internet, instantly infecting anyone who sees it turning them into zombies. From there, the heroes fight a losing battle as they struggle to save what remains of humanity. I typically like Trevor Hairsine's art. He brings a grit and detail to his artwork that I like. However here he's inked by longtime Walking Dead inker Stefano Guadiano and the art looks muddied, less defined. Still, the overall story carries it through any art complaints I had.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Darkseid something something anti-life equation, and that’s how we got DC Zombies, basically. A bit derivative? Yep. Kinda vapid? Sure. Does this book exist primarily to serve its (brilliant) title? Almost certainly. But Tom Taylor was clearly having a lot of fun writing this book, and I did reading it, too. The story packs a few cool twists and turns, and the tension is always high thanks to the huge scope and wide cast of characters that involves pretty much every major DC hero and many of the Darkseid something something anti-life equation, and that’s how we got DC Zombies, basically. A bit derivative? Yep. Kinda vapid? Sure. Does this book exist primarily to serve its (brilliant) title? Almost certainly. But Tom Taylor was clearly having a lot of fun writing this book, and I did reading it, too. The story packs a few cool twists and turns, and the tension is always high thanks to the huge scope and wide cast of characters that involves pretty much every major DC hero and many of the villains. Taylor does a great job pacing the story and juggling it between all the characters, making nobody’s role feel short-changed. Overall, this may not be the deepest superhero comic out there, but it’s certainly one of the most entertaining ones I’ve read all year, in a mindless popcorn blockbuster kind of way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mel (Epic Reading)

    A fun and delightfully illustrative take on Gotham being infected by a zombie virus. The art is really what makes this series so amazing! Without a doubt it’s super fun to see the variety of zombies our fave DC characters can be made into. The story itself is okay until about 2/3 of the way through when it comes a bit ridiculous. I could however see this becoming the basis for Earth II if they wanted a new origin story for it. Almost every major villain or superhero has a cameo here and so for a A fun and delightfully illustrative take on Gotham being infected by a zombie virus. The art is really what makes this series so amazing! Without a doubt it’s super fun to see the variety of zombies our fave DC characters can be made into. The story itself is okay until about 2/3 of the way through when it comes a bit ridiculous. I could however see this becoming the basis for Earth II if they wanted a new origin story for it. Almost every major villain or superhero has a cameo here and so for a character collector like myself (of Harley Quinn) this is a must have series for the shelf.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    I really wasn’t expecting much when I picked this one up. Too many zombie stories consumed over the last decade, I suppose. Have to admit this one was a surprisingly good read. Sure, it was the normal end of the world zombie plague concept, but it wasn’t campy or just gory but well thought out with many touching moments interspersed among the blood and horror. If I felt inclined I could point out stupid moments where heroes acted ridiculous or out of character, but I don’t feel so inclined. DCea I really wasn’t expecting much when I picked this one up. Too many zombie stories consumed over the last decade, I suppose. Have to admit this one was a surprisingly good read. Sure, it was the normal end of the world zombie plague concept, but it wasn’t campy or just gory but well thought out with many touching moments interspersed among the blood and horror. If I felt inclined I could point out stupid moments where heroes acted ridiculous or out of character, but I don’t feel so inclined. DCeased was a solid, entertaining undead apocalypse story that was entertaining, which is all I wanted it to be.

  8. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Taylor: “Can I copy your homework?” Ennis (writing Crossed): “Sure, just change it a bit so it doesn’t look like you copied.” Taylor: “Ok” What’s it about? Darkseid is... a fucking dumbass. He decides he wants to release the anti-life equation because evil and the equation would doom humanity. Basically it ends up online as part of the evil plan, people start sharing it and anyone who sees it has an unstoppable urge to start brutally killing themselves and/or others. The superheroes find themselves Taylor: “Can I copy your homework?” Ennis (writing Crossed): “Sure, just change it a bit so it doesn’t look like you copied.” Taylor: “Ok” What’s it about? Darkseid is... a fucking dumbass. He decides he wants to release the anti-life equation because evil and the equation would doom humanity. Basically it ends up online as part of the evil plan, people start sharing it and anyone who sees it has an unstoppable urge to start brutally killing themselves and/or others. The superheroes find themselves hopeless as they try to save humanity and themselves from this. Oh BTW, the virus can also be spread through a bite so the book can happen. Pros: The art is pretty cool. It seems to go for a few slightly different styles in certain scenes without going particularly over the top with it, it definitely works well with the story and overall tone for the book. The action is almost non-stop, very exciting and a lot more bloody than most DC comics! It’s definitely never boring. Despite a mostly dark plot they still throw in some comic relief and it works pretty well. Pleasantly surprised to say that this comic is pretty unpredictable, that was a nice surprise. I did see a few things coming but for the most part it kept me unsure of what was going to happen next. It’s actually pretty cool because even though I like the genres both horror and superheroes get a bit predictable IMO so very nice job there. The horror stuff is kinda cool. So while not as scary or disturbing as Crossed (a comic that many including myself can’t help but compare it to, more on that later on), it is disturbing for non-Vertigo DC standards and the infected designs are often kinda bad-ass (would show one but that would be nearly impossible without spoilers and people who have read this know what I‘m talking about). Cons: The story is stupid. I mostly blame the social media horror element. I honestly hate that this is a trend now because it’s cheesy as hell and will age very poorly. While many horror tales will hold up in years or even decades to come I give this and other social media/modern tech horror stories about 10 years if that before seeming dated and cheesy (hell I’d argue it already is a bit... the first issue is titled Going Viral... fuck, that is cheesy). It makes sense in something humorous like South Park or Futurama (both of which had legitimately entertaining episodes based on modern technology and trends) but for a serious story, it doesn’t work for me. Also it really feels like it heavily copies Crossed (yes I know Crossed isn’t the only sadist virus story out there but this was extremely similar, again I talk more about this later on, just wait a bit). This has some major plot holes. First of all, how is a bite infecting people and giving the same effect as seeing the equation? It’s not like the things we see are in our DNA. Supposedly in this that happens but with basically no explanation except “so the book can happen”. Second, the people who see this equation go nuts and become psychos very quickly but still share it? I can’t say for sure as this never happened but if this kinda situation happened and I fell victim to it (which would most likely happen as I always have my phone with me) I doubt I’d be like “OH GOSH I CAN’T HELP IT I GOTTA GO ON MY PSYCHOTIC KILLING SPREE AND KILL EVERY SIGN OF LIFE I FIND! But first I’m just gonna retweet this, post it up on my Instagram story, send it to a couple of friends, should probably go ahead and post it up on Reddit, my Goodreads status, maybe a few YouTube comment sections...” that’s completely stupid! Oh and towards the end where they were (view spoiler)[ dealing with the threat of an infected Superman, how the fuck was he bit? His skin is unbreakable! Also where was Supergirl? She either would have been a threat earlier in the book or is completely fucking worthless if all this shit’s happening and every other superhero is trying to save the world but she’s just sitting around like “look I know I’m one of the most powerful people on the planet but I don’t feel like saving anybody, I’mma sit this one out, it’s only the end of civilization”. (hide spoiler)] Quite a bit of this is anti-climactic. A lot of it feels like random character infections and/or deaths out of nowhere other than “wouldn’t it be cool and/or edgy if this happened to that character people like”. Oh and there’s also scenes like (view spoiler)[ Black Canary becoming the Green Lantern which was a cool twist but the way the ring just went to the first person it sees felt so rushed. (hide spoiler)] It tries to be emotional but fails. If this was an actually happening in the main DC universe story I may have felt something with these “oh so sad” deaths but it’s more like a “what if” story and even if it was meant to be actually in DC it would probably just lead to a reboot where we see the characters perfectly fine again (so points for not even pretending I guess?). There was only one scene that made me feel any sort of emotion towards what was happening TBH. I didn’t care very much for the ending. Okay so this one’s kinda stupid but the title. DCEASED? REALLY? I know someone probably thought they were super clever but it’s honestly one of the lamest puns I have ever read... and they chose it as their fucking title. Mixed thoughts: The characters. So some of the characters in this are pretty cool. I like what they did with Black Canary, that was kinda cool and creative. I also thought these apocalyptic versions of Harley and Ivy were surprisingly pretty bad-ass, I half-wish the whole thing was following them TBH. (Don’t worry, it’s a cover, not a spoiler. Insert Korn reference and/or weird BDSM related joke here) Unfortunately some of the others are very standard versions of themselves that honestly anyone could’ve wrote in any DC story. I kinda wanted most of them to be different for this story instead of just the same as usual. Overall: I’ve seen people compare this to 2 different comics. First, I’ll go over the comparison to Marvel Zombies. I consider this LEAGUES above Marvel Zombies (though that’s barely saying anything coming from me). Then there’s Crossed. I’m not the only person I’ve seen make the comparison and honestly my joke about it at the beginning of the review... is actually kinda my thoughts on this in terms of both story and business. I mean it seems obvious that someone at DC (whether it’s Taylor himself or some corporate guy) saw Avatar’s success with Crossed so decided if you did a similar thing at DC it would make a shit ton of money. I mean let’s look at the things that made Crossed such a success for Avatar: we got a big name (Tom Taylor may not be quite Ennis level yet but is certainly making a name for himself in the comic book world) writing a bleak survival horror story with a virus that spreads rapidly turning people into sadistic monsters (check), a bunch of gory shock value (I saw several people on social media (heh, the irony) who were shocked by the deaths in this, check), a lot of variants that fans would want to collect including movie poster tributes (check, DC even made DCeased variants for other titles so even more variant cover money there) and if successful make unneeded sequels (a DCeased spin-off miniseries just started so check). If you know much about DC you probably figured out that they toned down the graphic imagery and brutal violence so more readers can stomach it while making more money thanks to their big name characters and deals to probably make collectible figures of this soon. Business wise this might be one of the smartest comics I’ve read (even if it’s kinda shitty of DC if I’m being 100% blunt. I mean it’s not like it’s a parody comic (such as, to use another Ennis example, The Boys), it’s a more serious plot). Entertainment wise, I’m conflicted. I was torn between giving this a 2 or 3 star rating. The more I think about it (including while writing this review which lists more cons than pros), the more I think it’s stupid yet while reading it I was pretty into it and entertained so I guess I’ll give it 3. Even with my many problems it’s not a bad comic overall and there are certainly some things to like. Unfortunately though I had enough problems and things that annoyed me that I won’t be adding any of the sequels to my reading list. In the end it’s kinda amusing but annoying at the same time. The art, nonstop action, neat twists and cool monster designs unfortunately don’t make up for (and I know this is a very controversial opinion) being a plot-hole filled, often anticlimactic, borderline copy of a better horror comic that will probably age much better than the modern technology-based, less (visually) disturbing version that this is (I should note my opinion is not a popular one, most people here seemed to like it more than I did but... yeah, these are my thoughts). 3/5 PS- I hate to confess after reading this comic I am slightly disappointed in DC as a company despite being a fan. I do enjoy and will still read many of their characters but between giving into pressure from people who don’t even read comics (referring to canceling the release of Second Coming before it got picked up by Ahoy), ending Vertigo, replacing it with an imprint that’s too scared to publish something as minor as a barely noticeable drawing of a dick and now copying a smaller publisher’s success with this... I’m kinda disappointed TBH. That’s not to say DC isn’t doing some good stuff right now or anything (I LOVED Harleen and their late 2019 Joker film after all) and if you enjoyed this comic that’s great but from my POV it’s not good the way they’ve been doing some recent business, they’ve been making some disappointing moves.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. It has always been a huge question that has tortured many fans regarding our heroes: What happens if they all turned against each other? Leave it to writer Tom Taylor, the very man who brought us Injustice, to explore it through another wild and ambitious project centered around zombies and their reign on Earth as heroes don’t remain immune to the epidemic and fear for the lives of all, including their own. While this story leads to some of the You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. It has always been a huge question that has tortured many fans regarding our heroes: What happens if they all turned against each other? Leave it to writer Tom Taylor, the very man who brought us Injustice, to explore it through another wild and ambitious project centered around zombies and their reign on Earth as heroes don’t remain immune to the epidemic and fear for the lives of all, including their own. While this story leads to some of the most scariest and daunting decisions possible regarding the heroes of the DC universe, it remains a tale that needs to be explored to satisfy the darkest desires of all fans. What is DCeased about? Darkseid spares no one as he unleashes a deadly virus onto Earth thanks to a corrupted Anti-Life Equation from Apokolips. Transforming all individuals in contact with the Internet, the decease infects them at the core of their biology and forever changes them into monsters with no way to revert the infection before it spreads and dehumanizes the person. To survive this apocalypse, the heroes must join forces for one last time before humanity becomes extinct. However, with no hope in sight, where will they go to find their answers? And even worse, who will do what’s needed for everyone to survive? Collecting issues #1-6, this is not a story for the faint of hearts. To enjoy this story by writer Tom Taylor, you’ll have to take into consideration the fact that this is a stand-alone graphic novel where the creative team has complete control over every single character and what happens to them without any impact on the canonical story arcs. Once you have that mastered, you’ll then have to understand that what happens in this story will undoubtedly leave you stunned, disgusted but also impressed. And that’s where this story works best. It’s where you get to indulge the “what-ifs” without worrying about the consequences. It’s how you get to enjoy seeing some of the most gruesome deaths of your favourite heroes as sadness and horror merge in symbiosis. To enhance this horrifying experience, the artists bring their talents to the table and it is nothing that can be ignored. The artwork is absolutely unforgiving and some of the deaths that you are to witness through this story have incredible shock value. The character designs are sometimes questionable but they are more than decent and allow you to enjoy the cruelty with enough emotional attachment. In fact, the story doesn’t recklessly present the horrors with no significance but actually attempt to explore the heroes’ own individual journey through this apocalypse, as some drown in fear and worry for their loved ones while others struggle with their grasp of any form of hope. The colouring is also axed towards darker tones that elevates the tension and grimness of the world as chaos engulfs the world. DCeased is an exciting and terrifying story filled with gruesome deaths as Earth’s greatest heroes face an unforgiving apocalypse. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Started this series a little while ago but forgot to add it to my shelves, oops. My boyfriend and I are currently reading this series together. We're both enjoying it! It's a very interesting concept and I love getting to know the superheroes a bit more. I'm not as familiar with a lot of them, but still. It's intriguing!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    For me, this is one the surprises of 2019. This is a really good take on a zombie like infestation taking over the DC universe. Comparisons to Marvel Zombies are obvious, but I think this has a bit more story to it. And without spoiling too much, it's fun seeing how the rest of the characters cope when some of the heavy hitters fall. A fun book worth checking out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Manisha

    Actual review: 3.75 “I always knew math would doom us all.” This is a quick story about the end of the world, which is quite fitting to read in our current predicament. From the beginning of a virus that can infect others through blood and social media, to the doom of mankind and its heroes because safe quarantining is not enough to stop the spread of the disease, we watch the downfall of earth. It is depressing and full of sacrifice. The artwork was decent and kind of morbid which worked well Actual review: 3.75 “I always knew math would doom us all.” This is a quick story about the end of the world, which is quite fitting to read in our current predicament. From the beginning of a virus that can infect others through blood and social media, to the doom of mankind and its heroes because safe quarantining is not enough to stop the spread of the disease, we watch the downfall of earth. It is depressing and full of sacrifice. The artwork was decent and kind of morbid which worked well for the story. Maybe there is a smidgen of hope, but that depends on how you look at it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vojtěch Rabyniuk

    After the first issue, I was pleasantly surprised. It was built on the antilife equation which is thing that kinda always was in the DC universe, it is not just about heroes getting infected and fighting against each other, this comic is really about saving the world and humanity. It is about emotions, compassion, self-sacrifice and it is spiced by bittersweet humor. Tom Taylor understands the DC characters on Geof Johns level and he is great. Good job out there I was touched, terrified and I re After the first issue, I was pleasantly surprised. It was built on the antilife equation which is thing that kinda always was in the DC universe, it is not just about heroes getting infected and fighting against each other, this comic is really about saving the world and humanity. It is about emotions, compassion, self-sacrifice and it is spiced by bittersweet humor. Tom Taylor understands the DC characters on Geof Johns level and he is great. Good job out there I was touched, terrified and I really liked it. P.S.: the Additional one-shot added for the HC is great as hell John Constantine Rocks!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea &#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow! This was amazing! Sure, the premise is pretty bleak, but it was very well executed. The Anti-Life Equation is sweeping the universe and killing everything in its wake. The only survivors being Lois, Superman, Superboy, Robin, Alfred, Black Lightning, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Mera, Harley and Ivy (and a few others). Where to even start? I really, really loved Dinah getting the Green Lantern ring. That was awesome! Especially when she used it to amplify her natural power. That w Wow! This was amazing! Sure, the premise is pretty bleak, but it was very well executed. The Anti-Life Equation is sweeping the universe and killing everything in its wake. The only survivors being Lois, Superman, Superboy, Robin, Alfred, Black Lightning, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Mera, Harley and Ivy (and a few others). Where to even start? I really, really loved Dinah getting the Green Lantern ring. That was awesome! Especially when she used it to amplify her natural power. That was such a cool concept! I loved Harley/Ivy and their dedication to each other. I really love when writers have Harley stand up and realize she can do a hell of a lot better than the Joker. I also love that it was Harley's idea to open the Green up as a sanctuary. I loved the bits with Bruce and Alfred, Damian getting the Batman suit and making some really great choices to find sanctuaries for the survivors. Including working with Harley of all people. I was so proud of my son and it was hard watching him lose Bruce. I loved seeing Damian and Jon support each other. Both kids having to grow up very quickly and go on without their fathers to guide them. After they lost Bruce, there's a scene of Jon sitting beside Damian because he didn't want him to be alone. It was very well done and incredibly sweet. Lois is the narrator and remains incredibly strong throughout a really hard situation. Honestly, I admire that the women were used really well in this series? When it's a pretty wide cast of characters, the women tend to get the short end of the stick but I never felt that way here. I felt like Mera, Hippolyta (I believe that's still her name in Rebirth), Lois, Diana, Dinah, Harley and Ivy were used well. I never felt like they were just here to be side kicks or be walked over and they made vital decisions to carry on the surviving population. So... A++ for that, as well. It's definitely a recommend from me. The emotional moments land, it's a blast to read, the art was great and the tone is incredibly consistent. A++ from me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    When Darkseid unleashes the Anti-Life Equation through Cyborg's mechanical body, he sets in motion events that will doom the entire DC Universe. This is the world of DCeased, where no one is safe, and those you lose, come back to haunt you. Tom Taylor likes murdering the DC Universe, doesn't he? Between Injustice and Earth-2, he's great at it. Which explains why he's here doing another end-of-the-world type book. Dude knows what he does best. Taylor manages to balance the hope and despair pretty w When Darkseid unleashes the Anti-Life Equation through Cyborg's mechanical body, he sets in motion events that will doom the entire DC Universe. This is the world of DCeased, where no one is safe, and those you lose, come back to haunt you. Tom Taylor likes murdering the DC Universe, doesn't he? Between Injustice and Earth-2, he's great at it. Which explains why he's here doing another end-of-the-world type book. Dude knows what he does best. Taylor manages to balance the hope and despair pretty well throughout this series; yes, the world is ending, and it all looks a bit doom and gloom, but it allows certain characters to step into their own in a big way, and even the ending, which I didn't think we'd get to without losing even more characters than we do, looks to the future with hope, rather than miring itself in all the death that got us there. The one-shot collected here isn't essential to the story, but it fleshes out the world of DCeased in a nice way, focusing on some characters we don't see in the main book, and gives us a bit of both the magical and technological attempts to stop the virus. Trevor Hairsine draws the main book, while Laura Braga and a few friends tackle the one-shot. The main book has a grit to it that the story demands, and Hairsine definitely gives it that; the different focus for the one-shot likewise demands a different artistic approach, so it makes sense to have different artists on it (also it was released so Hairsine could finish most of the final issue without too much help, so there's that). DCeased isn't Marvel Zombies. It's not Injustice. It's a whole different animal, with a different set of stakes and a different point to it; there's hope in darkness, even when it looks like hope is dead. And that's kinda nice, actually.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I hate to say this because I usually love Tom Taylor's series, but DCeased just felt like a disappointing re-tread of Injustice: Gods Among Us, but with zombies (Injustice: Zombies Among Us?). Only it's nowhere near as good. There's too much going on here for just six issues and for a story that's clearly meant to be emotional, I found it largely unaffecting. It's still a Tom Taylor comic, so of course, the dialogue between characters shines and I did enjoy a few moments here and there. I can't s I hate to say this because I usually love Tom Taylor's series, but DCeased just felt like a disappointing re-tread of Injustice: Gods Among Us, but with zombies (Injustice: Zombies Among Us?). Only it's nowhere near as good. There's too much going on here for just six issues and for a story that's clearly meant to be emotional, I found it largely unaffecting. It's still a Tom Taylor comic, so of course, the dialogue between characters shines and I did enjoy a few moments here and there. I can't say I was ever really invested in the story though, and worst of all, I didn't care when it reached the end of the bumpy road towards it's flat conclusion. It didn't help that the artwork, aside from some stand-out splash pages and gory panels, was rough around the edges and unappealing. Superman in particular never looked right to me, looking like some guy in a costume, rather than the Man of Steel himself. For a book so highly regarded and promoted, DCeased was a real letdown.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Darkseid unleashes a version of the anti life equation on earth, which turns humanity into the undead. Cool premise, good art, very emotional. I just wish it wasn't so damned bleak. I'm not in the emotional space right now for something so depressing. If I want that, I'll turn on the news. Seriously, though, the work is quality and the large cast of heroes was handled well. There were some funny moments in there, too, to enjoy. Will there be a sequel? There is definitely room for the Basic Plot: Darkseid unleashes a version of the anti life equation on earth, which turns humanity into the undead. Cool premise, good art, very emotional. I just wish it wasn't so damned bleak. I'm not in the emotional space right now for something so depressing. If I want that, I'll turn on the news. Seriously, though, the work is quality and the large cast of heroes was handled well. There were some funny moments in there, too, to enjoy. Will there be a sequel? There is definitely room for the story to continue.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kadi P

    Just the premise of this alone is brilliant. Beloved DC characters turning crazy and wanting to kill others? Epic. Heart wrenching. Total sob fest. And the execution brought some great moments that I didn’t know I even needed till I got it, then I wanted more! There were so many things I enjoyed in this. Character interactions were generally extremely good. I noticed a focus on the Super Sons in this and I’m glad for that because I am a fan but I have to wonder if that was a creative choice made be Just the premise of this alone is brilliant. Beloved DC characters turning crazy and wanting to kill others? Epic. Heart wrenching. Total sob fest. And the execution brought some great moments that I didn’t know I even needed till I got it, then I wanted more! There were so many things I enjoyed in this. Character interactions were generally extremely good. I noticed a focus on the Super Sons in this and I’m glad for that because I am a fan but I have to wonder if that was a creative choice made because everyone knows they’re fan-favourites so automatic appeal or this was done because they’re both the next generation children of 2 of the big 3 and are able to continue their legacy when their parents are gone. I think the scope of what happened was so large that a limited 6-issue series was not enough space to do all the characters justice. That’s why I’m glad to hear DCeased: Unkillables will continue exploring this elseworlds story. One thing that I did hear others say and that I do agree with is that the art quality was not there. It didn’t exactly ruin it because I’m quite used to making do with not the best art but if the art was better it would’ve enhanced the storyline. I never could quite understand if it was Superman narrating the whole time or not. And what happened to all those heroes who’s heads started to hurt. Did they die? There’s so much left to discover but this was genuinely an amazing head-long dive into a crazy non-canonical world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    I typically don't care for zombie stuff, just not my cup of tea. Aside from the excellent title, it's been getting decent reviews so I thought I'd give it a try. The plot is pretty much what you would expect, but what I found the most interesting was 1) how this happened and 2) how it would affect a superhero. This led to a few very human and emotional moments that I wasn't expecting. The art was appropriately gritty and visceral (although I wouldn't say it was excessive.) Worth a read for sure.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    Pretty much the DCU meets The Walking Dead, but still a entertaining “what if” story that’s still have some fun and serious moments and some unexpected characters becoming the infected. A- (91%/Excellent)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    After transforming Injustice from a videogame tie-in to a deep, complex and award-winning narrative spanning years, Tom Taylor is tasked with making lightning strike twice. Only this time: Zombies! And bah gawd, he did it again. Maybe better. This could have been a lazy, cash-grab ripoff of Marvel Zombies. It's anything but. Is it a bloody, violent, apocalyptic cluster f**k? You better believe it. Yet it somehow manages to be totally original, shocking and emotionally investing. I FELT things rea After transforming Injustice from a videogame tie-in to a deep, complex and award-winning narrative spanning years, Tom Taylor is tasked with making lightning strike twice. Only this time: Zombies! And bah gawd, he did it again. Maybe better. This could have been a lazy, cash-grab ripoff of Marvel Zombies. It's anything but. Is it a bloody, violent, apocalyptic cluster f**k? You better believe it. Yet it somehow manages to be totally original, shocking and emotionally investing. I FELT things reading this. I welled up, I got mad and, at times, it really hurt to read. But I never put it down. From page 1 to done. This is absolutely worthy of five stars for WHAT IT IS. It's not The Long Halloween or Watchmen, but what Tom Taylor was able to do with this is actually really incredible.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Really good, despite the fact I hate zombies. Marvel Zombies was Marvel's big attempt to take readers into a post apocalyptic world in which superheroes become man eating undead monsters. Now Tom Taylor takes the DC universe into the post apocalyptic world where our Justice League of heroes have their worst days possible. Taylor really shines here with his ability to build a world both familiar to long time DC comics readers and inject an unpredictable new direction. I mean I tell folks all the Really good, despite the fact I hate zombies. Marvel Zombies was Marvel's big attempt to take readers into a post apocalyptic world in which superheroes become man eating undead monsters. Now Tom Taylor takes the DC universe into the post apocalyptic world where our Justice League of heroes have their worst days possible. Taylor really shines here with his ability to build a world both familiar to long time DC comics readers and inject an unpredictable new direction. I mean I tell folks all the time that his work on the Injustice comic book series is some of the best else world tales ever made. DCEased is no exception. Taylor starts this horror tale with the DC heroes defeating Darkseid but the league of heroes will soon find out Darkseid is a sorry loser. All the characters are written well in this book and Taylor just bends the hopelessness of the situation to push characters like Superman and the Flash to use their abilities in horrorific ways. This is a zombie takeover book so there is blood and gore with the mood of the book changing with a few jump scares. The books only downside is that the artwork is not that great. The colors are vivid and great but sometimes the characters look weird. This is still a great book to just pick up. The pacing is quick but never loses the reader. Good job Mr. Taylor.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    It was mostly entertaining, but the art was nothing to write home about in my opinion. Also, Injustice really just did it better. Not bad, but not the best - just disappointing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    To die for! I was blown away by how good this book was! Tom Taylor has worked with these characters before and you can tell! He knows everyone’s personality, their humor, their strengths and weaknesses. And how to use them to their full potential! It was really clever with how the virus infected heroes and their powers. Even for a “zombie” story, I wasnt excepting it to be as funny as it was. Darkseid finally figures out the Anti life equation but doesn’t realize the power he unleashes when tryi To die for! I was blown away by how good this book was! Tom Taylor has worked with these characters before and you can tell! He knows everyone’s personality, their humor, their strengths and weaknesses. And how to use them to their full potential! It was really clever with how the virus infected heroes and their powers. Even for a “zombie” story, I wasnt excepting it to be as funny as it was. Darkseid finally figures out the Anti life equation but doesn’t realize the power he unleashes when trying to alter it. With Apokolips destroyed, the rest of the world must think quick before the virus gets to the earths most unstoppable heroes. I love the feel of the hardcover. It’s so soft! And I was lucky enough to get the local comic shop day edition with the zombie joker face. I also got the “movie poster” variants in issues, they were that cool! But the hardcover does come with a copy. No complaints but I would say that reading mister miracle made certain parts easier/more interesting. It gives you a history on darkseid and makes the “darkseid is” more chilling. I will also just recommend mister miracle any chance I get. Not essential just a plus.

  25. 4 out of 5

    James

    4.5 stars! But I’ll round up to 5 because this was so good! So I started collecting the white background variants once issue 4 came out then of course waited until 5 and 6 released then sat down and read it all. Wow!! This was great!! Darkseid tinkering around with some powerful stuff created a virus that took him out and sent Cyborg to earth where the virus spread quickly. The story moves at a fast pace and things go from bad to worse in an instant. This story gets dark, sad and as characters d 4.5 stars! But I’ll round up to 5 because this was so good! So I started collecting the white background variants once issue 4 came out then of course waited until 5 and 6 released then sat down and read it all. Wow!! This was great!! Darkseid tinkering around with some powerful stuff created a virus that took him out and sent Cyborg to earth where the virus spread quickly. The story moves at a fast pace and things go from bad to worse in an instant. This story gets dark, sad and as characters die, leaving you feeling like there is absolutely no hope. At a point in the story it seems like our heroes might have a chance but then that glimmer of light is snuffed out. As the virus is taking over you get a lot of nice action and some cool character moments throughout the story. If you haven’t read this, I highly recommend you do.

  26. 5 out of 5

    SzaraReadsComics

    I've read it all in one sitting once this was a full story and honestly I was a bit disappointed. I expected more, I guess, since I really like Taylor's writing. I think the biggest issue for me was pacing, I feel like this should have been at least twice as long for all the loss to really hit since at one point you become numb to all these iconic character's deaths. It was an entertaining story but I expected more from the hype.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Essentially the DC take on Marvel Zombies, as Darkseid thinks he's finally discovered the Anti-Life Equation, except it's corrupted and spread by the Internet, leading to a zombie outbreak that kills pretty much everyone, heroes and humans alike. If that's your thing, this is the comic for you. Great artwork, but the story really doesn't go much of anywhere.

  28. 4 out of 5

    AJ Kallas

    Shouldn’t be surprised. Ton Taylor continues to do a phenomenal job capturing characters and showing their heart. This is a fun ride. And I hope there are many more DCeased books in the future.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    5 Dceased is one of those books you cannot put down. Tom Taylor is a name that's relatively new to my library, but it's not a an unknown name. Injustice is something I have been aiming to read for the last few years but I've allowed it to linger as finding hardcover volumes are hard work. Dceased is new and I didn't have any issues tracking the entire collection down in hardcover form. DCeased takes all the characters from the DC world and essentially throws them into 28 Days Later. This is insan 5 Dceased is one of those books you cannot put down. Tom Taylor is a name that's relatively new to my library, but it's not a an unknown name. Injustice is something I have been aiming to read for the last few years but I've allowed it to linger as finding hardcover volumes are hard work. Dceased is new and I didn't have any issues tracking the entire collection down in hardcover form. DCeased takes all the characters from the DC world and essentially throws them into 28 Days Later. This is insane and it honestly has twist after twist. I thought I had the overall story arc pegged and Tom Taylor managed to surprise me. Why the 5? This is one of the those rare DC books that really benefits from not having connective links to ongoing works. You honestly have about five pages of luxury before everything goes to hell. Tom Taylor obviously had a lot of time to play with the characters in the Injustice universe and this book flies along. The success of the book launch can easily be traced to the spin-off currently in issue form and a direct sequel to this book. I get the high praise for this book and I can't recommend it highly enough. Tom Taylor shakes off conventions and the safety net is removed in the first issue. DC need to invest more with Tom Taylor and having him on something like Batman is not a bad move. Tom King and Scott Snyder have finished long runs and another name like Taylor would be a lot of fun for the fans. A must-read for the fans.

  30. 5 out of 5

    সাদমান হুসাইন

    For the first time in a very long time, an event comic did not disappoint with the ending. I'm very surprised!

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