What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #3! If you thought Wonder Woman was the worst that the survivors of this epidemic, imagine what a force like Black Adam could unleash upon the world? Where that was a major question they left us with, the hole only ran deeper when this week we would sit in anticipation to see what could possibly go wrong with a speedster risking it all for the fate of the world.
I found this issue to actually be a necessity. Normally I try not to be that guy, but in a story like this it is hard not to ask the hard-hitting questions. Unkillables at least answered the question of what happened to those who should have been the hardest to kill. When you think about a virus that is spreading worldwide, and as fast as it has been? The first thing which comes to mind is where all the speedsters are at a time like this. We already knew that The Flash was taken out of the equation already, which left the rest who were either going to be difference-makers, or they were going to be the force which ushered the end of the rest of the world.
That the focus would then shift to Wally felt natural. He would be the next fastest (depending on who you ask), which makes it just as dangerous for him to be allowed to fall victim to the virus. What set this issue apart from the others was the fact that Wally was thinking big about what he needed to do to save his city. I don’t think there has been a hero yet who had it more right about what needed to be done to save the people left. His plan was bold, but it also accessed the situation better than other plans we have seen so far.
With that said, the suspense was killer. From start to finish you were just waiting for where things are going to go wrong. Up to this point we have been exposed to some of the worst case scenarios, despite their being some light at the end of the tunnel. Wally wasn’t even the only speedster we come across in this issue, and that only adds to the terror you feel when they could do some serious damage if infected. It was by the end of this issue where this creative team ends up working their magic. They did not disappoint in where this suspense was leading us. When it comes to Tom Taylor, the guy knows how to pull the rug from under your feet. This issue was no different, but he also accomplished this in a way which warmed your heart at the same time.
I was happy with the art team for this issue. Carmine Di Giandomenico and Rex Lokus knocked it out of the park. I was very happy to see Carmine in particular tackling the pencils because this is an artist who is very familiar with drawing speedsters. How he does so also sits right with me because he has no problem playing with the static nature of speedsters either. They bounce around all over the place, their power crackles in every direction they run. I get that to some that might seem a bit messy, though with a story like this specifically? This style is more than fitting. Having Rex Lokus as the colorist only added to the appeal, because there is always a stronger intensity and boldness from his colors. He hit a great balance between bringing out the strength of the power these speedsters were tapping into, and the bloodiness of the slaughter they were trying to save people from.
All in all, another must-read for the DCeased series. Hope at World’s End #3 answered the question you couldn’t do without in a story like this, and approached it with heroism and thrill. It was through issues like this where you could really getting into the idea that there is hope at the end of the world.