What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #2! This series right here. This one has all the makings of becoming something great. Most writers would have probably stopped at that first DCeased mini, but here we are moving into the third story. From DCeased, to Unkillables, to Hope at World’s End, this is a story that is creating a whole new world around us and ready to give most apocalyptic stories a run for their money.
Now surely with this second issue there will be some who question why we haven’t just jumped into the big story to come from the heroes returning to Earth. Though the answer to that is fairly simple. What we are seeing now is laying the groundwork for that part to kick off. Before feet touch down on Earth, we need to know what kind of world these heroes will be coming back to. We already know the fate of Red Hood, Cassandra, Gordon, and the kids. We also know the fate of those who were able to make their way to Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn’s sanctuary. This week we got to see what happened to places which should have been easier to control, like Kahndaq. Though unlike the story of Red Hood and company, here we were trying to see how someone as powerful as Black Adam was taken by the Anti-Life equation.
With that said, when I read that Black Adam would had a very different response than the heroes of the Justice League? It wasn’t too hard to imagine the kind of approach he would take towards controlling the spread of the infection. And while it was hard to imagine, it still didn’t make it any less brutal to experience. If you know Black Adam, then you know that he is the type who knows how to make the hard calls. One might actually say he attempted to do more good for the world than Superman by comparison.
In Tom Taylor fashion, he found a way to pour some heart into this chapter. Despite the cold response from Black Adam when saving his people, he did not fail to explore what these decisions can do to someone. In these moments, you are only trying to do what is in the best interest of your people. You don’t really have the luxury of worrying about matters of the heart until the job is done. This situation put Black Adam in a position where he had to do some serious soul searching, and at the worst time where you could allow your guard to drop. Like the first issue, it also made a big difference at the end of the day that there was a narration from the main character. Throughout this experience we were met with consistent engagement from Black Adam as we could see what was going through his head from start to finish.
Transitioning into this second issue, I still find myself impressed by the art team. This time around we have Renato Guedes on pencils, and Rex Loku on colors. As some may know, I am a big fan of Guedes’ work. He has two distinct style that he tends to use when he is working on interiors. One is more of a painted style in which he usually does everything himself. The other looks more like what you see now, where the pencils and colors are better pronounced. The second just so happens to be the one I admire most, because that is when you are really able to take in the work that he is able to put into a scene. The fine attention to details, accompanied with better perspective, in general this is where he is more prepared to handle a greater workload. This is a crisis, and this art team convinced us of that with every flip of the page as Black Adam literally stormed through his kingdom to eradicate the infection. With that said, the colors were standout too. As always, Rex Lokus knows how to set a scene with colors which make them pop. As I said, the colors were electrifying, and the boldness of his color choice played a big part in that.
And here we thought Wonder Woman was the worst that anyone had to fear from this disaster. When you’ve seen how swiftly Black Adam mows through the infected in his kingdom, it makes you wonder what kind of damage someone like this is capable of outside of those walls. DCeased: Hope at World’s End #2 served as a good reminder that reclaiming Earth is going to be easier said than done.