Monday, May 18, 2020

DCeased: The Unkillables #2 Review

Seven Years Bad Luck

Writer: Tom Taylor

Artist: Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

I was not the biggest fan of the first DCeased and I am hoping this issue gets me on board with The Unkillables, because I was lukewarm with that as well.  I am a huge Tom Taylor fan so I am waiting for that thing that clicks and makes me fall in love with all of this.  Is it in this issue?  Let's see...

The issue opens with Gordon, Cass and Jason hearing Lois Lane's broadcast from DCeased about the sanctuaries in Gotham and Themyscira.  While the three of them could make it, the kids they are watching probably couldn't, so in the most potent moment of either series, they pretend they never heard Lois as we see the ships launch into space without them.

We then head off to Ball's Pyramid to meet up with Mirror Master and Lady Shiva...who go to see Cass.  She offers her daughter a place on the island, but Cass makes the hero's choice and picks her new family over her real, abusive one.  It's another good scene, but it happens too quickly and does lose some of the weight because of it.

We continue on with a big reveal as to what Vandal Savage's plan is all about, and if you were waiting for the moment where shit gets crazy, it's right here.  The Creeper lightens the mood again, but it's Rose who steals the show.  That is, until a colossal moment happens, that made me sadder than anything else.   I don't want to spoil it, but it is an over-the-top bloody scene that I have to say, was pretty satisfying.

Check out our DCeased: The Unkillables #2 Video Review

The Unkillables mostly get out and mirror back to Cass, Gordon, and Jason in Bludhaven to start up the next phase of the book.  That phase is the montage filled, let's get everyone ready for war event he kids phase, and it's a lot of fun... which feels odd writing.  I can't help it, seeing Soloman Grundy being happy on a Sunday is something I didn't know I always wanted to see.  And Bane kissing Ace?  Crazy!

Of course, things get nuts by the end and this is where Tom Taylor finally got me.  He made me care about the piece of shit villains and then topples it all down in one swift shot, and we are left wondering how everything can work out from here.  

Tom Taylor got me.  He starts the issue with some DCeased craziness, but then lulls both the characters and the reader to sleep a bit with all the Funtime moments we get with the kids and then BAM! He reminds us we are at war with anti-life zombies, and nobody is safe!  Still, I'm not fond of the art at all, but I am into the story now and can't wait for the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

It took an issue and a half, but I am on the DCeased Unkillables trolly and can't wait for the next issue.  I give Tom Taylor credit for making me care more about the characters than the actual infection story because that's all I needed all along.


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