Another round on the apocalypse
The follow up to the smash hit DCeased, DCeased: Unkillables takes a look at what happens to others during the same timeframe as the original series. Mainly, what do the villains and other anti-heroes do during the apocalypse? The two leads of the book so far seem to be Deathstroke and Red Hood. While they are on separate tracks at the beginning, they eventually have to meet up.
Tom Taylor delivered such a harrowing and dark run the first go around—it is the apocalypse after all—that I am quite interested to see how this series will go. I would expect an overall different feel. It would be a mistake to do the exact same thing and I don’t see a talented writer such as Taylor doing that. Given the cadre of villains assembled in this book, I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up winning.
The art team on this book is a bit unique. I hadn’t seen a setup like this before, where there is one penciller, Karl Mosterr, and three inkers: Trevor Scott, Neil Edward, and John Livesay. There is a clean style to Scott’s pencils which is nice to look at. There is extra pencil work to provide the right amount of detail when it’s what the panel demands. I don’t feel that he gets too carried away in adding more lines than necessary. I will say that the faces he draws evoke a Frank Quietly sensibility. It’s harder to pinpoint who to properly credit for the ink work, with three inkers. I will say that I really liked the mix of ink line work. For the most part, they keep the ink line fairly light and only lean into heavier lines when necessary. It all helps add to a clean, polished look on the book. On top of all this is the great coloring work of Rex Lokus. It complements the original DCeased but has a different feel. Whereas the original series was very grim, and the colors reflected that, this title from the outset seems to set us up for a bit of levity in the apocalypse. Lokus’s colors achieve that by not feeling so heavy. Presumably, anyone reading this followup series already knows how the original story plays out, thus this book’s atmosphere doesn’t necessarily have to feel as dreadful. Last, and not least is Saida Temofonte lettering work. Saida is utilizing some fun effects for sounds. A little bit different than standard comic book onomatopoeias.
Overall, this issue is a good setup for this limited series and I would definitely recommend it to any DCeased fan.