No New Comics 2020: Day Nine — DCeased: UNKILLABLES #2 Review
DCeased: Unkillables #2
Written by Tom Taylor
Penciled by Karl Mostert
Inked by Trevor Scott & Neil Edwards
Colored by Rex Lokus
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
Published by DC Comics
SELF-QUARANTINE LOG: Day Nine. TIME: …
To be honest Log, I have no idea what time it is. There aren’t any clocks in my underground bunker and I traded my phone charger for toilet paper. My phone died yesterday, after a conversation with Dandy Don the Valiant. Luckily, I do have a wall calendar on which to count the days. This is the ninth day since new comics stopped being published and shipped. The stoppage of new comics signaled to me one thing…it was time to go underground and wait out the pandemic. If the worst should befall me, I need whoever finds this Log to know one thing: I did not intend to become a hoarder. Yet I find myself with a large stack of new comics, dating all the way back to February. These new comics are possibly the last of their kind. I’ve kept myself from reading them, as they may very well be considered treasures once the pandemic has passed. However, I’m quickly realizing that I may need a new plan and so I’ve decided to read a comic that just might hold the answers as to what I should do next. That comic is DCeased: Unkillables #2 by Tom Taylor.
Let’s see here, Log. What survival strategies can I learn from this comic? Can’t count on my heroes. They are all either zombified or fled Earth during the original DCeased. Maybe Deathstroke holds the answer. Not only is he immune to the Anti-Life Equation techno-virus that’s turning the citizens of Earth into undead killing machines, but he’s joined up with a group of other immune or immortal super villains. I may not have Slade’s healing ability to work with, but perhaps I can copy his strategies…nope, he’s injured and on the run. One of the Zombified heroes just busted into the villains’ secret base.
Well okay, maybe Jason “Red Hood” Todd can give me an idea for a better plan. He’s holed up in Bludhaven with Cassandra “Orphan” Cain, Jim Gordan, and a bunch of kids. That last part isn’t ideal but Gordan does seem to be the glue holding the group together. Wait, my cat’s name is Gordon. Granted he’s named after Gordan Ramsey (because his meow sounds like “raaw,” as in “these scallops are raw!!”) but still, maybe he can help me keep things together until I figure something else out.
One thing I can say, Log, is that the artwork in this series remains impressive. Not as much action in this issue compared to the last one, but Mostert still makes the characters look cool even when they are just standing around talking to one another. The muted color palette really helps sell the end of the world vibe and makes the bright red blood all the more striking. Glad I chose to paint the walls of my bunker bright purple. It’s also really impressive that each zombie is drawn as their own individual person. It would be easy to just draw a horde of nearly identical zombies and then differentiate them by coloring their clothes and hair different colors. However that’s not the case in this comic. If the art team doesn’t take the easy way out, than neither can I. Time to finish the second issue, the answer has to be here somewhere.
Oh wow, Log, now the villains have been forced to team up with Jason, Orphan, and Gordan. They’re training the kids so they’ll be able to take on the zombies together. That may be the answer. I’ll leave the bunker and seek out other survivors. As long as we stay six feet apart from one another and keep our numbers under ten, we’ll have a real shot at survival. At the very least we can trade our new comics back and forth to make everyone’s supply last a little longer. Perhaps I’ll seek out my colleague John Spillman. This will be my last entry for awhile Log. For whoever finds this recording, I highly recommend DCeased: Unkillables #2. It’s a funny, fast paced action comic and a worthy successor to the original series. Assuming the internet still exists when this Log is found, you can find my review of DCeased: Unkillables #1 on Outright Geekery as well. I’m opening the hatch Log, time to venture out into the world and seek out my comrades. This is Joe Bones, signing off.