Review – DCeased Dead Planet Collected Edition
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldassini, Stefano Gaudiano and Tom Derenick
Colour Artist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Published by DC Comics
Five years after the end of the world…anti-life goes on in this sequel to the smash-hit series DCeased.
The survivors of the infected apocalypse that ravaged Earth in the pages of DCeased have found a haven on a second Earth. The Justice League rebuilt with new members–Damian Wayne, Jon Kent and Cassie Sandsmark–and for the most part, life is good. Until a faint signal is received that is coming from the planet everyone had fled five short years ago…
Somehow Cyborg is transmitting a message–he survived, and there might be a cure! Suspecting a trap, but with too much on the line, the new Justice League must make their way home to the dead planet to see what awaits them and who is left to be saved!
Collects DCeased: Dead Planet #1-7 (covers below)
Five years after the original DCeased storyline we take up the fight with the all-new all-same Justice League on Earth 2. Superboy is Superman and Robin is Batman and for some reason Zatanna is the narrator in the confusing mix of plots and heroes.
Taylor tries to keep the whole thing together but can decide to lean into the bonkers or go ultra-serious in a world where billions are dead or infected. So we get a mix of jokes, pun and insults next to scenes of heroes dying, undead armies and douchebag villains. All these are mixed in the same few pages making this schizophrenic book a bit of a pain to read.
Marvel Zombies quickly decided how stupid the idea of super zombies was and we got the silly follow up titles with them eating Galactus or flying through space eating planet after planet. This is a bit meh, the quips are school-boy level and Taylor seems to absolutely love Damien and Jon as they get to play the best versions EVER of Supes and Bats.
Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldassini, Stefano Gaudiano and Tom Derenick are living their best lives here, I can see the script saying Swamp Thing tells John Constantine to f@#k off and here we go. SW is saying what we all want to say about the script in this mess. Having the cover logos damaged by the characters is a clever little trick in each issue.
The artwork is amazing, whole worlds of horror and just about every location, person or item is thrown into the mix, for those that like Easter Eggs this is a gem with blink and miss them McGuffins-a-go-go. Strong colouring, panelling and lettering make the ludicrous script almost bearable. Oh, and the bonkers Blood Sea made out of Plastic Man was hilarious. They turn him into a monster from The Thing that Kurt Russell will want to burn.
The battles and fights are all a bit by the numbers, somebody dies, somebody lives, a secret thing happens and scene. I was actually expecting somebody to jump an actual shark in the scenes where Batman’s weakness for hugs is discussed or Superman punches Trigon. This was always going to a classic DC mess of an Elsewhere series. Writing is poor but saved by great artwork but you’ll either love this zombie schtick or not.
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