By Tom Taylor, Renato Guedes, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
The DCeased train keeps rolling with DCeased: Hope at World’s End #2 and the quality seen in the other DCeased titles remains consistent. For this series, the focus has shifted to Black Adam and his ruthless campaign to keep his country, Khandaq, safe. Black Adam has been successful keeping the anti-life equation in check, but at the expense of his people living in terror. The terror felt by Black Adam’s people causes the king to consider opening up Khandaq’s borders to the remaining survivors in the world and working as a team with the other heroes left. Will Black Adam be able to do what is right for his people and the world?
It is hard to think about the successes of the DCeased series and not also think about it’s architect, Tom Taylor. There has yet to be an issue in any of these series that has failed to understand the characters depicted or present great stories for these characters to navigate through. DCeased: Hope at World’s End #2 starts off great with experiencing the beginning of the anti-life equation through Black Adam’s perspective. When reading this issue, the reader feels as if they have been with Black Adam for a while and grow to love this character in such a short time. Seeing Black Adam being ruthless is two-sided and tells you so much about his character. On one hand, you feel bad because he is clearly a dictator that can do whatever he pleases. On the other hand, you can see how these actions weigh on his mind and that he truly does these cruel actions for the betterment of his people. It is clear that this series, like others before it, will have the kind of character building and heartbreak when heroes die.
The art of DCeased has been hit and miss in the past, but DCeased: Hope at World’s End #2 has the benefit of having an art team composed of Renato Guedes, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte. The art in this issue, and in the previous issue, has been very efficient in showing off a wide range in colors. When we see Superman and the other surviving heroes save innocents, it is bright, colorful, and everything you would expect to see in these great heroes. When it comes to seeing the horror of the anti-life equation and the brutality Black Adam keeping his country safe, the art is dark and gruesome. Black Adam’s lightning effects are the stand out feature for the dark and gruesome parts of this story and really showcase how powerful he is. With all of the great art presented in this issue, it would be nice to see a little more gore to occur in this horror series. Surely in issues to come, that wish will be fulfilled.
One does not need to be a horror fan to appreciate DCeased: Hopes at World’s End #2 because it brings with it a combination of great story, characters, and art. Be sure to catch up on this series now, in order to be ready for the next issue!