DCEASED: War Of The Undead Gods #8 continues the high octane stakes of a series that has kept me guessing throughout. It has been a joy to read this series, though I have to admit it has been somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster.
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 I adore it. I love the stunning backdrop of the sunset behind the new Trinity as Wonder Woman wields Superman’s cape as a flag. Knowing what that symbol stands for brings such meaning and emotion to the cover and this is a great addition to the series.
The first variant cover is by Francesco Mattina and continues his incredible series of character portraits with a horror twist. As always the detail is incredible in his pieces and I love seeing his horrific take on iconic characters, this time Mary Marvel. The realistic detail on the lightning strikes around her are just incredible.
The second variant is by Jay Anacleto and Arif Prianto and brings us an infected Power Girl as she soars the skies. Again, the detail and bloodied parts really add to this cover, seeing such powerful beings succumb to this infection is frightening, just think what they are capable of. I love the contrast between the horror and the peaceful and green fields and clouds beneath her.
DCEASED: War Of The Undead Gods #8 really starts out with a hopeful vibe to it, we see children and parents reunited and Superman, the last of his kind, reunited with long lost family, some we rarely get to see in the pages of a comic. We then are reminded of the stakes that this series had and how many were lost within it, as our heroes take time to mourn the dead.
As suspected in my previous review, that very much the calm before the storm and the fight is far from over. Despite overcoming the infection and finding a cure, the real enemy is still around and Damien has a plan that could stop it once and for all. Whilst all the heroes and some very unexpected villains come together to carry out the plan, it involves a huge and fatal sacrifice for some. Whilst it was great for the reader to see them all come together despite their differences, Tom Taylor’s emotional rollercoaster of a series isn’t over yet.
Once again this series defied all of my assumptions and expectations and led us through another dark and exciting journey with the heroes and the gods. Seeing them combine forces in this way to defeat one enemy, just shows you how dangerous this plan is and boy does it make for an exhilarating read.
We get some unexpected plot twists, betrayals and a brand new suit for one of the heroes as they bid the world and their team an emotional but warranted goodbye. And with it, possibly one of my favourite Batman lines of all time and a very sweet moment between two friends, which was just beautiful.
The interior art is by Trevor Hairsine and Lucas Meyer, with colours by Rain Beredo and letters by Saida Temofonte. I say the same thing about the artwork each and every time, the details are so precise. It is incredibly impressive to be able to bring to life SO many different characters and in so many atmospheres and situations. The detail is never spared and with so much going on, it’s surprisingly easy to follow.
DCEASED: War Of The Undead Gods #8 is a perfect, exhilarating, yet emotional finale to a series that I have loved reading. Once again, Tom Taylor and his incredible ideas and unique storytelling has blown my mind and created a compelling and unpredictable series for people to enjoy.
Star Rating: ★★★★☆/★★★★★