By Tom Taylor, Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
Part 2 of DCeased: Unkillables arrives this month and this issue doesn’t waste any space in it’s pages. A lot happens in this issue as it spans from the two groups of survivors settling into their new homes after the heroes from DCeased leave the earth to three months later. Within those three months, Vandal Savage’s personal island faces some extreme difficulties that lead the remainder of their survivors to move to Red Hood’s group. Now that the two groups of survivors are stuck within the same sanctuary, will they be able to survive each other? Check out DCeased: Unkillables #2 this month to find out!
Tom Taylor continues this undead saga and does so masterfully, as always. The story and how the characters react to the situations is easily the best part of this series. Seeing the villains from Vandal Savage’s island interact with the kids in Red Hood’s could come off as cheesy if not handled well, but each character is accurately portrayed. Not only are the villains true to their characters, but it is genuinely funny and even heartwarming to see the villains become emotionally attached to the kids in their care. With those heartwarming moments, there is also the heartbreak and horror the reader witnesses when the inevitable happens. This balance of light-heartedness and horror is what really sells this comic series because if it was only nonstop action, the series would be boring very quickly. Unfortunately, this series is only three issues and because of that constraint, it feels as if the story does get the chance to expand out as much as it could. The breakdown of Vandal Savage’s island really did not take long to occur and it would have been nice to see more interactions with the villains and kids. That being said, Taylor is doing the best anyone can with only three issues to tell this story.
The art for DCeased: Unkillables #2 is handled by Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte. The frustrating aspect of the art in this issue is that everything looks great, except for the faces. We get some great action, gore, and character designs, but most of the unmasked character faces have a weird angular look with facial proportions that don’t match the sizes of their heads. It seems this issue isn’t as prevalent with the larger characters like Bane and Solomon Grundy, who look perfectly fine. Even though the faces look weird at times, it is also good that the art team is hiding behind masks and allowing their characters to show emotion. There is a particularly funny moment that showcases Cheetah’s attachment to one of the kids. Cheetah looks weird reacting to the kid but it accurately shows the emotion she is feeling and it gets a chuckle from the reader.
DCeased: Unkillables #2 is another great entry in the DCeased story. Next month, the series will end, but thankfully the sequel to DCeased to has been announced!