DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #2 is here and continues the brilliant and brutal series by Tom Taylor. I love this series and have enjoyed every issue and spin off and this series is no exception.
But before we get into the issue itself, let’s take a look at the covers. The standard cover is by Trevor Hairsine and Rain Beredo and it’s safe to say it’s an action packed piece! No detail is spared and the closer you look at the cover, the more you notice. This is a great cover to draw in audiences, that’s for sure!
The first variant cover is by Dan Mora and I adore it! I love the classic 90s comic book art style, it’s one of my favourite era’s and I love seeing homages to it. Mora has burst onto the scene with incredible and instantly recognisable comic art, and I always look forward to see what he does. This is a great action shot which has a subtle hint towards a certain character thanks to the Kirby crackle effect.
The second variant cover is by Francesco Mattina and he continues a very long running theme of zombified character portraits. Each one has been incredible, filled with detail and a rather horrific twist to those we know and love. This one is no exception as we see Lobo dripping in Czarnian blood. I didn’t think Lobo could look anymore intimidating, but Mattina has knocked it out the park with this one.
The third variant cover is by Sun Khamunaki and it is a gorgeous pin up piece staffing Wonder Girl. The detail is great here, especially in the hair. I also love the glow that the Lasso Of Truth has here, it really adds to the piece as it’s reflection hits every point of her suit.
DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #2 is yet another brutal and catastrophic issue in the series. We start out with the return of Big Barda & Mister Miracle, who are looking for their son Jacob. Instead they find that their city, Celestial City and everything they know is no more.
Black Racer is able to stop Barda before she makes a fatal mistake by entering a ‘DOOM TUBE’, which holds one of DC’s biggest villains… and as if he couldn’t get any worse – he’s now undead and has an army of powerful heroes behind him – if you can call them that.
Here we learn of that villains story and his journey so far, which in true Tom Taylor fashion is pure chaos as he goes to war with Earth. This war unites heroes with villains to take down the threat on their planet and brings alliances that you’d never expect to see in the pages of a comic. This of course leads to several deaths of characters we know and love and heightens the stakes even more.
With those deaths there are some very intriguing surprises and character opportunities/circumstances that we have never seen before. It’s safe to say that Tom Taylor continues to change the game when it comes to the characters we THINK we know.
The artwork is perfect in this issue too, Trevor Hairsine and Andy Lanning do a phenomenal job of allowing us to keep track of the events of the issue with clear and concise artwork which is sure to get a reaction from readers. The detail is not spared at all, even with so much going on, and the colours by Rain Beredo really bring it to live and give it the gritty and realistic effect which makes this series all the more affective and realistic.
DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #2 is action packed, relentless and full of excitement and as always I eagerly await the next issue!