What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #4! After that masterpiece of an issue which explained the fate of the speedsters on Earth, I couldn’t help but look forward to what came next. At this point it was easy to see what Tom Taylor was trying to accomplish through Hope at World’s End, and so far he is nailing the reaction he has gotten out of us for what has been experienced. Hope is everything that those who escaped Earth have to look forward to upon their return. That hope begins with each story which captures what has stood the tests of time.
Now when it comes to this chapter of Deceased, I’m sure that there has to be some out there who wonder why there has to be a focus on characters like Suicide Squad’s Wink and The Aerie. They might look at this and see a writer trying to play favorites with their own creation. Though honestly, why not? I wish more creators took chances on new characters like this. Deceased obviously is a story set in it’s own reality, but even then it never hurts to take a chance on characters who you don’t see often, or who aren’t so well known. You never know what they have to offer a story till you try to shine a light on them, you know, instead of doing what everyone else does and make the Trinity what the plot centers around. So with that said, I appreciated the story told through their journey to the fortress of Jotunheim. Once more this book was challenging the idea that there is anywhere left on Earth safe from the unliving. We know of a couple places which are, and it doesn’t hurt to explored another which might hold hope for the future.
With that in mind, this left us with suspense to see what a place like Jotunheim would have to face to survive this world. The answer to that was quite terrifying. Mainly for the fact that this was not the time where you were truly bracing yourself for other stories starting to come full circle. If you thought that Wonder Woman was a force to be reckoned with, this chapter might change that perspective.
Now what I found interesting about this chapter was when it took place. I was not expecting that this would have occurred during the time where those who left Earth, were still on Earth. Not a problem of course, because you would have expected that many of these things were happening at the same time. The lasting appeal of Hope at World’s End is having the time to take a step back and question what survival meant to everyone. Not all had the same option to pick up and leave the planet. So what we had to look forward to from this was the focus placed on Damian who is working up the nerve to take on the mantle of Batman. This I would have also expected to happen after they left Earth, but now was as good a time as any for him to begin answering the call.
The conversation Damian has with Clark about this choice was endearing. I wasn’t prepared to be so moved, because sometimes we know what we’re dealing with when it comes to Damian. Though this time around, he catches you off guard. Sometimes it all really depends on the writer too. What moved me about his writing was seeing how much growth he had gone through. This isn’t to say that Damian wasn’t cynical anymore, but not to the extent he once was. Which most would have called unbearable.
Something else which surprised me was how well done the visuals were for this chapter. As I have said for the last three issues before, if there’s one thing you can’t take away from this book, it is the consistent quality of the interior work. This is a book with a rotating art team, but not once would you say that they disappointed you or given you work that was less than satisfactory. I would say that each artist brought onboard captured exactly what we needed to get out of the story. For this chapter in particular, I would say that Marco Failla as penciler did a great job for the focus on the characters alone. This was a chapter where character moments were more important than the things they did. For that one chapter w were able to forget about the stakes involved in surviving the unliving, and simply connect with the people who are still surviving. Now the most consistent thing has been Rex Lokus on colors still. This I wouldn’t mind staying the same. If anything does bringing about a sense of uniformity, it is a colorist who knows how to bring consistency to a set tone and atmosphere of a story.
By the end of DCeased: Hope at World’s End #4, we walk away with a better understanding of how some heroes step up to the plate, while once more arriving at a new destination which challenges what it means to be safe in this world.