By Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldassini, Rain Beredo, and Saida Temofonte
The unstoppable DCeased series continues this month with Dceased: Dead Planet #2. One would think that after coming out almost consistently for a year and in multiple different titles, that the DCeased series would get tired. That is not the case as we get another great issue to ramp up the tension in this epic story. We last left off our heroes in the aftermath of the new Superman being impaled by a kryptonite sword, trying to save an infected Wonder Woman. The heroes take the wounded Superman to Poison Ivy’s sanctuary as another group of heroes, the Shadowpact, is doing a routine rescue mission of survivors. The more magical crew of Shadowpact break off and go with Swamp Thing, who needs assistance with saving a bunker of survivors in Australia. The remaining members of Shadowpact meet up with the returning heroes from Earth 2 at Ivy’s garden and learn from Cyborg that there is a cure inside of him for those infected. The issue concludes with the mission in Australia and the dangers the heroes face there, leading up to a very interesting cliffhanger.
What is there to be said about Tom Taylor and the DCeased series that has not been said before? Tom Taylor is single handedly creating an entire mini franchise within DC, from an idea that less skilled writers may only be able to get one story out of. We only see Shadowpact for a short time in this issue, but you can readily feel as if they are a weathered and veteran group with plenty of battles under their belts. The end of this issue will have the reader completely obsessed with how the continuation will pan out and leave them questioning until next month. Along with all of the great stuff with Shadowpact, the main heroes from Earth 2 have a compelling story, with the added element of Dinah Lance trying to save an infected Ollie. Not only does Taylor give us great characters, but he also gives us new and interesting stories that keep this series alive and thriving.
The art in this issue is once again handled by Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldassini, Rain Beredo, and Saida Temofonte. This series looks great, and seems to be consistent with the quality too. The reader is able to fully enjoy all of the blood and gore, without having to worry about odd facial expressions taking you out of the moment for the tender and heartfelt moments. Without going into spoilers, there are some super powered infected that get great moments in this issue. The one featured in the later half of the issue is truly ingenious though in how it is depicted. What makes this particularly infected more interesting than others, is how their superpowers affect their form as an infected and the brutality and carnage they are capable because of these powers.
Unless you shy away from horror and bloodier scenes, there is no reason why you should be missing out on DCeased: Dead Planet #2!