Review – DCeased #4: Big and Small Horrors

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DCeased #4 variant cover, via DC Comics.

DCeased #4 – Tom Taylor, Writer; Trevor Hairsine, Penciller; Stefano Gaudiano, Inker; Rain Beredo, Colorist


Ray – 8/10

Ray: Tom Taylor’s hard-edged zombie thriller, DCeased, enters its second half as one of the biggest breakout hits DC has had in a while, and it’s not hard to see why – if you like pitch-black zombie action, this book fills the gap of the recently departed The Walking Dead while also delivering on Taylor’s skill for character-driven emotion and interaction.

The opening segment of DCeased #4 shows how bad things can get in a hurry, as Ray Palmer and Captain Atom work together for the government to try to solve the crisis by sending Atom inside one of the infected to neutralize the virus. Instead, a corrupted Arom winds up inside the Captain, turning the silver-skinned man into a flying neutron bomb. The surviving heroes are reunited, with Superman bringing the grieving Martha Kent to join Lois, Jon, Damian, Ollie, and the newly Lantern-empowered Dinah Lance. They put out a call for surviving heroes, and Diana prepares to leave her haven on Themyscira to join the fight after giving Mera refuge.

Captain Atom corrupted. Via DC Comics.

The second half of DCeased #4 delivers one of the best action segments of the series, as a zombified Giganta shows up to rampage through the city like a kaiju. It’s Trevor Hairsine’s art at its best, and an unexpected savior comes to the rescue in the form of Cyborg. I assumed he was dead in the first issue, but it seems he was a plague vector that’s still alive, and he’s now ready to help turn the tide against the invasion.

The return of Alfred for a reunion with Damian was one of the best scenes of the issue, but there’s barely any time for rest before the next crisis – as Captain Atom’s corrupted form descends on Washington to detonate, setting off a nightmarish explosion that threatens to consume everyone in its path – including the few remaining heroes. The tension in this series is top-notch, and it’s great to see Trevor Hairsine return to interiors for a comic that totally suits his style.

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