It’s Up To The Villains To Save Humanity – DCeased Unkillables #1 Review
DCeased Unkillables #1
Written by Tom Taylor
Penciled by Karl Mostert
Inked by Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, & John Livesay
Colored by Rex Lokus
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
Published by DC Comics
Imagine that you’re living in a major city in the DC Universe. As you are leaving for work, you realize you’ve forgotten your phone. Before you can go back inside and get it, you’re distracted by screams from up the street. You turn to see your neighbor being chased by a horde of zombies. You stand frozen as the horde approaches, too scared to run. Suddenly your city’s resident Superhero lands, with his back to you, in between you and the horde. You feel relief, until you watch the hero grab your neighbor and and sink his teeth into their neck. The hero turns around and you realize, he’s one of the undead too. That scenario is the basic premise of the DCeased series. Now imagine that seconds before the zombie Superhero and the undead horde reach you, they are suddenly blown away by automatic weapons fire. You whirl around to see Deathstroke fighting his way down your street. This scenario is part of the premise of DCeased: Unkillables.
DCeased: Unkillables is the companion piece to last year’s smash hit mini-series by Tom Taylor. As seen in Injustice, Suicide Squad, and now Unkillables, Taylor is a master of first issues. He excels at telling a complete story that goes beyond simply setting up the rest of the story arc. In Unkillables, Taylor accomplishes this by not bothering to recap what transpired during DCeased. He gives the reader just enough information so they can understand the story they’re about to read. For those that missed DCeased, you should really give it a read as it’s a phenomenal mini-series. Barring that however, allow me to provide a brief synopsis. The anti-life equation becomes merged with a techno-virus that is then sent into all of Earth’s video technology. Anyone who happens to look at a device with a screen is infected with the virus and becomes a zombie. Heroes, villains, and regular people alike are quickly wiped out and it’s up to the surviving heroes to try and save humanity. While DCeased mostly focused on the heroes struggle against the apocalypse, Unkillables focuses on the villains.
Taylor not including many details about the original DCeased does not hurt the narrative of Unkillables. Those who missed DCeased won’t need much background to enjoy the story in Unkillables. The story is split between the perspectives of Deathstroke and Red Hood. As someone who did read the original mini-series, I enjoyed seeing Deathstroke and Red Hood come upon the aftermath of scenes and events from DCeased. Although this is very much an action comic, in true Taylor style, there is a lot of funny dialogue. Considering the tense nature of the situations the characters find themselves in, these jokes lean toward gallows humor. This is a great touch as it keeps the story from being bogged down by the prevalence of action sequences.
Considering this is an apocalyptic zombie story, there are also horror elements at play. Taylor does a great job of conveying the futility of the ensuing apocalypse. There’s one scene in particular that is sure to tug at the reader’s heart strings. The art team does a great job of conveying the action sequences and depicting the gory scenes. Mostert’s line work is light and the inkers do a great job of accentuating the fine details of his drawings. Lokus’ muted colors fit the grim nature of the story and make the bright red blood all the more visually striking. The opening sequence of Unkillables is particularly well done and is a fine example of the exemplary work that comes from a creative team working together in harmony.
DCeased Unkillables #1 is an awesome comic, especially for a companion story. Often tie-ins and follow ups, even when written by the same author, tend to lose some of what made the original so great. This first issue sets up Unkillables to be just as good, if not better, than the original mini-series. With only three issues planned for this companion mini-series, the first issue already has me hoping for a longer run. Backed by a strong art team, Taylor has proven once again that he can write a comic that fits into the DC Universe while playing by its own rules.
DCeased Unkillables #1
DCeased Unkillables is an awesome comic!