What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #5!This right here has probably been the issue most of us were waiting for since this book was first announced. When that happened, the first thing we saw was a cover imagine depicting Damian, Jon, and Cassie at the forefront of this. So it was only a matter of time before we got an issue which shifted the focus to this trio. Especially since currently they are now the new Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Now was as good a time as any to show what it was like for them during that period before they left Earth.
For those who read DCeased: Unkillables, that is what also made it interesting that they decided the story for this issue would involve a trip to Gotham of all places. Now I don’t know what the time lapse is between Unkillables and what is going on here, but we do know that Gotham was one of the worst places to be caught in. Undead Wonder Woman occupied or not. No safer than anywhere else in the world, but still one of the last places you would want to be stuck in, simply because it is Gotham. That is what made this issue such a shocker, because you would think that Damian of all people would be the last to ever suggest taking a trip out there. That said, the greatest concern for this issue was how this creative team planned to make this worth the investment. We already know that none of these three are in any real danger going to Gotham. No matter what goes right or wrong, they still are going to get out of this in one piece. So I definitely wanted to see what bag they could pull out of their bag of tricks to shake things up.
Now even if it was for some “unfinished business”. We all knew that it wasn’t going to be anything vengeful, so the truth to what that ended up being was heartwarming. This was an excellent time to make the statement that those like Damian aren’t cold forever. He had a heart, and it was leading him to that city in order to do something quite honorable as his first act taking over as Batman.
When it came time to handle that unfinished business, I must say that I was shocked by the lack of shock value thrown at us. I think some of us get so used to Tom Taylor’s style of writing, that you are consistently left waiting for that other shoe to drop. How could you not? The world is falling apart around these heroes. You expect that things are only going to get worse before they get any better. In fact, you know they will. Though it seemed that this creative team was ready to take a different approach to this issue. You wouldn’t catch me arguing with that either. This wouldn’t be ‘Hope at World’s End’ if every story told was with the intention of stepping on that hope.
Beyond this, they didn’t lie about this one being funny either. There were moments here and there where they humored us, and it didn’t once taken from the seriousness in what Damian wanted to accomplish going to Gotham.
This time around we have the art team of Marco Failla, and Rex Lokus. Not a bad combination if you ask me. If there’s one thing you can’t take away from this book, it is the fact that they put just the right artists on the issues where they would shine the best. For this story, Marco Failla was fitting because he proved to be an artist accustomed to drawing kids. You wouldn’t think it, but that does matter. It is very easy to take a reader out of the story because they aren’t feeling convinced that the character in front of them is a kid. His pencils were smooth, and did not fail to capture the innocence from these youngsters. Everything from their laughs to their expressiveness added to the experience with them. Rex Lokus of course matched this with the kind of bold coloring you expect when the story is involving a younger cast. This brings a certain level of energy to the story that you aren’t going to get from the adults. This didn’t make the unliving look any less unliving, but the atmosphere of it is always the priority.
DCeased: Hope at World’s End #5 was worth the wait for our first taste of what the new Trinity was supposed to look like. This issue was equal parts light-hearted, and endearing for a story that can even bring out the best in a kid like Damian Wayne.