DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #3 continues the epic saga of heroes (and villains) vs the infected! The DCeased series has been phenomenal so far and that also goes for each and every spin off.
But before we get into the issue itself, let’s take a look at the covers. The standard cover is by Howard Porter and Rain Beredo and it is stunning! It’s an eye catching piece that’s for sure and it showcases two of our favourite Kryptonians going head to head. The use of blurred lines and red light is perfect for portraying the force that these two powerhouses have.
The first variant is by Dan Mora and I love these classic comic book covers, it takes me right back to the 90’s! In this one we see Superman, Batman and Green Lantern take on an unseen enemy and each and every one of them look powerful as they showcase their strengths. I also love the use of the Kirby Crackle, which again adds to the 90s vibe.
The second variant is by Steve Beach and it brings us a rabid looking Gorilla Grodd. I love the simple colour scheme of this, the black against the red background really showcases the danger faced. The detail on the face of Grodd is phenomenal and the blood splattered on his face and drool dripping from his mouth really shows us how out of control he is.
The third variant is by Sun Khamunaki and gives us a stunning look at Mary Marvel embracing her power. This piece is so realistic, from the suit texture, the facial details, to the thundery skies behind her, there is no detail spared. This is a beautiful pin up piece.
DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #3 opens up in true Tom Taylor fashion… a heartbreaking and harrowing scene showing the events from Adam Strange and his family’s perspective. They get separated and he makes a promise to find them again and though he keeps that promise it isn’t carried out quite how you’d expect or want.
Writer, Tom Taylor does NOT play around when it comes to tear jerking and devastating moments and that’s exactly what he does in this issue right from the get go. What I love about this series is that a plethora of heroes have been present and showcased, so we really do get to learn how this infection has spread across the DC Universe and what effects it has had.
In this issue we see Lobo and if memory serves, this is the first time we’ve seen him in this series. Taylor nailed Lobo in terms of personality, he provided the laughs for the issue, but also the brutality as the infected attempt to turn him. There are some really cut throat moments in this issue and I can honestly say I’ve never read an issue so quick in all of my life. The pages turned before I even had a change to finish them.
Back to the present and we see the funeral of Diana on Themyscira. Ares shows uninvited to not only mourn, but also warn of a war that’s coming. With Ares being a villain of the island and literally being the God Of War, it’s surprising that he gives them the heads up to allow them to prepare. This is how you know that there is a real bad threat on the way – when an enemy warns for what is to come – though in this case it’s a little too late!
The interior art is by Trevor Hairsine and Andy Lanning, with colours by Rain Beredo and letters by Saida Temofonte. The artwork is great! It’s gritty, the colour scheme is totally realistic and the detail on the facial expressions really allow you to understand what the character is feeling. Considering there is so much going on in a series like this and so much action and carnage, the art team really handle each and every page perfectly.
DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #3 and the series as a whole is relentless and as devastating as you’d expect from Tom Taylor. Just as the heroes thought it was all over, yet another threat comes for them and I have a feeling the next issue is going to be an explosive one!