Friday, June 19, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End #3 Review


Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 3, 2020

Tom Taylor's digital-only DCeased book has me interested after two chapters.  Sure, I am still looking for an overall plot, but seeing Jimmy Olsen react to the beginning of the Anti-Life plague in the first Chapter and then Black Adam "save" Kandaq, but not himself, in Chapter 2 has me intrigued.  When I heard that Wally West would be the POV character for this Chapter, I was cautiously optimistic.  It was not about the plot, because it seemed like another separate piece, but if Wally would survive by the end.  Tom Taylor does have a predilection for killing characters, especially ones he loves, and he said he loved Wally on Twitter!  Oh no!  Is DCeased: Hope At World's End #3 good and Wally get treated well, or will the speedster be a hero in crisis?  Let's find out...

Like the first Chapter with Jimmy, this one starts with the Anti-Life virus just hitting.  Wally tells Linda, "No screen time!" and then is off to do what he does, save everyone!  However, as we've seen in all the DCeased books so far, that is easier said than done.  




I love seeing Carmine Di Giandomenico's art in this issue.  Di Giandomenico was on Joshua Williamson's Rebirth Flash book at the beginning of the run, so he knows his way around the Speed Force, and he gives this digital-only book a more prominent feel in my mind.

After running around a heck of a lot, Wally realized he needs some help, and after talking to Batman (who tells him to run and hide for apparent reasons) goes to get some.  Wally fans will love seeing the team he puts together.  But even this dream team can't outpace the virus, and they need a plan b.  




Check out our DCeased: Hope At World's End #3 video review
  The issue ends with the plan working but with a tweest.  Tom Taylor did it again!  He distracts you with sleight of hand and lulls you to sleep and then BAM!  You're sobbing!  I am trying my damndest not to spoil anything here, but I can tell you maybe, by the end, the tears of sadness may mix with tears of joy.  I call those "joyness" tears.




As a standalone Wally West issue, this is good.  The art may even lift it above just good, and for $0.99, you really can't go wrong getting all three chapters our right now.  However, I am still waiting to gleam the overall story in this series, but we have a lot of time left for that.  I want it soon, like the next issue, but I enjoyed this a lot now.

Bits and Pieces:

Tom Taylor and Carmine Di Giandomenico give readers a bang for their buck with this Wally West chapter of DCeased: Hope At World's End.  I can't say the series is a must-read yet, but Wally West fans should check this out immediately if only to see what Tom Taylor has in store for their favorite Speedster!


8.8/10

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