What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Unkillables #1! I have to say I was ecstatic when the announcement came that there would be another part to this story. When I finished the first book, I told myself I would not forgive them if things ended the way they did. There was no way you could build-up a world like this and a disaster like this and not go deeper into it. So when DCeased: Unkillables was announced, I was thrilled for another opportunity to jump back into this madness.
The best thing that a book like this has going for it is the fact that you have no idea what you are getting yourself into. You didn’t with the first book, and the same could be said about DCeased: Unkillables. Even already knowing that this series returns to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended? Was not enough. Still just about anything could happen within these pages whether it ends with the villains finding some way to survive this world, or they perish along with every other ounce of hope. Of course that is endgame, and this is the first issue. As such, it was easy jumping back into this story. All you really needed to know was the gist of the situation involving the Anti-Life Equation. After that, this was simply taking the story from a different perspective. It was a fresh new perspective too when seeing the world through the lens of Red Hood and Deathstroke.
Both of these characters worked as leads for this story. Jason Todd isn’t what you would call a villain, but he was definitely the kind of anti-hero worth following in a world where all the rules are thrown out the window. The investment I found in the path he took came quickly because he processed the whole situation differently from the rest. You could see where he cared, where he didn’t, and where there was very little time wasted in adapting to the world around him. The company he kept was interesting as well. Certainly the type who might easily bump heads with him if he were to step out of line. Not certain if that would happen, but all possibilities are on the table with a book like this.
Then we had Slade who took us into the more creative of the storytelling. Mainly for the fact that you would have not found it possible for someone like him to really be able to survive the virus. Neither would you have expected a villain to actually succeed bringing just the right bodies together who could survive the virus best. Just seeing how he made it into the second day was more than enough reason to anticipate what comes next in this half of the story. This could go either way for a guy like him. These villains could pull of the impossible, or they could easily fall prey to their own nature.
The art team for the first book wasn’t bad, but I found this new one for Unkillables to be a big step up. If there was one thing I enjoyed about Hairsine’s pencils, it was the way he ran wild with how messy a world like this can get. His pencils reflected the roughness of it all. However, Karl Mostert brings us a different visualization. One that I appreciated a bit more because the pencils were more clean, there was more shape to the characters, clarity to the settings, everything was in your face to influence your reactions to the slaughters. This is actually my first exposure to Mostert’s pencil work, and it was satisfying from start to finish. With that said, there was a familiar name in Rex Lokus who handled the colors. His colors made a big impact in the way that the art engaged us. Excellent range, depth, and they popped. It was a plus that he also never allowed himself to get carried away by the massacres. It was bloody, but never over-the-top. All that red can become a distraction, and even cover up things you want to see. He knew just where and how much to use during the scenes where crap hit the fan.
Surely we all want to see what came next after the first book, when will you really get the chance to see how the villains survive during an apocalyptic event? DCeased: Unkillables #1 proves again why the right people were put together to give us something that is more than what is your average zombie story. Because these aren’t zombies, but this is definitely the end of the world. It’s always going to be worth seeing how those final days play out whether villain or anti-hero.