What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Unkillables #3! I gotta say, I was not ready for this issue to hit. Not just for the fact that this is the last issue of the Unkillables story, but for the fact that you already know that there is no happy ending to a story like this. The infected have already made their way inside the walls, and that means nowhere is safe. They played with our emotions indulging in some light-hearted moments, but the time for that is over. Now there is just the fight for survival commencing once more.
When I flipped open to that first page, even then I couldn’t help but feel some reluctance. I mean, we knew that there was no way this wasn’t going to end without some losses. That’s just the kind of story this is. Especially when you already have some of these powerful villains being turned into blighted and Wonder Woman pretty much right around the corner. Credit where it is due as well, I had my expectations for this issue and quickly threw them out of the window. For everything that you knew was going to happen, the how made a big difference. Scene after scene this creative team kept us guessing when it came to how certain people might bite the dust, or who would rise up to the occasion. When you have a creative team like this, the best thing you can do for yourself is sit back and let the story unfold on its own.
For most of this issue it was indeed these survivors riding the fury road one final time to survival. With every flip of the page I felt my heart racing because there was so much that could go wrong here. This isn’t the first post-apocalyptic story we have read where there is a mad dash through the streets to get to a destination, but when this happens in a comic book world? The degree of difficulty can’t be matched.
For this last stretch of the story, I appreciated that Wonder Woman was saved for the climax. If she had dropped in early on? This easily would have been game over. Though the execution of that moment when she joined the fight was perfect because the sense of urgency was never going to get any higher from there. She went trough the strongest villains they had to offer, yet even then it wasn’t a straightforward battle. When you think of a boss battle at the end of the world? This is exactly what should come to mind. There was even a lot of emotion which went into this that you couldn’t ignore. These were villains who knew that there was no coming back from this battle, and even knowing this they squared up with Wonder Woman giving everything they had.
Now what really kept you in the moment for this finale was the narration. This is something which consistently benefited the story in a big way. Of course they were keeping the identity of the person speaking secret till the end, but it was worth the wait since this person had the best perspective to help us understand what they were experiencing. The feelings of hope, loss, fear. All of those things could be felt through the words which added value to each scene. All of which was lettered very well by Saida Temofonte.
When it came to the work from this art team, they did not disappoint once in this finale. I was actually more impressed with them than I was before, and I didn’t even think that was possible considering everything else they have delivered up to this point. It wasn’t enough to just take these survivors back into the open world and into the worst road trip of all time, this was an experience we really needed to sink into visually. Karl Mostert alone went above and beyond penciling these scenes. The patience and attention to detail was mindblowing because there was so much going on in any given panel. You have the survivors, the wrecked city around them, the horde of anti-living who are jumping in from all angles. With that said, the same went for Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards, and Rex Lokus. Between the inks and colors it took the same amount of work to bring these scenes to life. Rex Lokus in particular did amazing considering every single object within these scenes he colored with variety and depth. Some might cut corners to cover a page, but that was not him. Everything mattered between the characters and settings. I enjoyed the natural colors, and I enjoyed more than he never got too carried away with the reds when things got brutal.
How this story ended warmed my heart. Before this issue hit, there was many ways in which you could have assumed they had no plans for anyone making it out of this in one piece. However, there couldn’t be these other books to look forward to if there wasn’t something on Earth left to save. DCeased: Unkillables #3 was a roller coaster of emotions as we truly got to see what survival looks like right now. It’s not easy, and it doesn’t come without brave souls stepping up to the plate. This was a story worth telling, and honestly some others could take queues from a story like this that doesn’t get lost in the violence.