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DCEASED: Unkillables #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Karl Mostert
Inks: Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, & John Livesay
Colorist: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: DC Comics
Release: February 19, 2020

Anit-Heroes and Villains unite in the struggle against the un-dead as the techno-anti-life-virus has taken over the DC Universe with the heroes gone these guys are our only hope!

 

Life After Death in DCEASED: Unkillables #1

 

Springing out from DC Comics hit “else-worlds” mini-series DCEASED is DCEASED: Unkillables #1. We know how some of our heroes survived and saved some survivors from the techno-anti-life virus turning everyone who looks at a screen into a blood thirsty “zombies”. But what about our villains and more brutal anti-heroes of the DC Universe? How are they dealing with the apocalypse? Our heroes couldn’t save everyone and that only leaves the “Unkillables” to help the rest of the survivors and possibly save the day?

Writing

DCEASED UNKILLABLES #1
Main Cover by Howard Porter

Tom Taylor absolutely murdered it (for lack of better words) in the original DCEASED series. That was a smash hit so we all knew some sort of sequel was going to spin out of it. Well, that sequel is DCEASEASED: Unkillables #1. We are lucky that Tom Taylor is heading this series up as well; he brings that delightful mayhem back in full force for this series.

DCEASED: Unkillables #1 was an absolute blast to read. It felt like a fun action blockbuster movie. Tom Taylor starts off the story strong and doesn’t let off the gas pedal. The dialogue is sharp and funny and it is hard not to smile and chuckle throughout the issue. He has some really funny scenes, that are incredibly goofy, but also help tone down the series from its dire circumstances.

Taylor does a great job of taking the book incredibly serious yet being incredibly silly at this same time. He balances the two so well that you can get engrossed into the horror the characters are witnessing but also release all that tension with a laugh as well. He paces the issue perfectly as well. The story flows nicely and has me excited to see what comes next.

Art

As good as the story is in DCEASED: Unkillables #1 the art is a bit of a struggle. Penciller Karl Mostert does a great job. His images are sharp and detailed and brings a nice “realistic” character view of the world. He also does some great character designs throughout the issue. I love seeing different DC Universe characters pop up. 

The problem arises with the three different inkers on DCEASED: Unkillables #1. Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards and John Livesay all take turns in this issue and it is widely inconsistent. The first opening pages look great, tight inks, good detail. Then it changes throughout. Some pages and panels the characters faces look very strange and odd. The facial expressions seem off. Then it switches to good again and then off again. It is just very distracting.

The coloring by Rex Lokus is good, but maybe the pallet is a little too bright and clean for the series. It seems that it fits better when the scenes are more light-hearted and funny. Compared to the more serious aspects of the issue. Not that any of the art is in particular bad it just seems out of place or inconsistent at times.

Conclusion

If you liked DCEASED then you should enjoy DCEASED: Unkillables #1. Tom Taylor continues to bring everything loved about that series into this new one. It is action-packed, full of drama and tons of humor. We get to see how some of the villains and anti-heroes of the DC Universe survive. The art while still good, is just inconsistent with its three inkers. It did take me out of the issue a bit at times, is the only real downfall of DCEASED: Unkillables #1.


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