What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #6! Hope at World’s End #5 was an issue worth waiting for to get our first taste of what the new Trinity would look like. That was both light-hearted and endearing, though now with this week’s issue we are jumping back into the thick of it. Meaning this unfolding situation as Black Adam and his Anti-Life army have arrived at Jotunhueim.
I was actually happy that this was a story in Hope at World’s End that was worth more than one chapter. Mainly because this story right here is our opportunity to better experience this relationship which The Aerie and Wink have. Say what you want that maybe Tom Taylor is using this book to elevate his own characters, but at the end of the day? These stories are meant for the characters you don’t see too often, and the characters who are new. That said, this situation they found themselves in was perfect for a wider audience to get to know the kind of heroes these two are. In other words, the last two people you would ever expect to turn their backs on people who need them. Even in the face of an army that would take more than the kind of power they have to overcome. Though that didn’t mean they weren’t also the best suited for helping people survive. I enjoyed the chance taken on exploring just the capabilities of The Aerie. You would have not assumed the kind of power those wings packed, or what he could do on top of that, but there was that revelation dropped on our laps in excitable fashion.
With that said, all that was left for us after that was seeing just how wrong things were going to go once Black Adam and his unliving army reached Jotunhueim. This was definitely something which stirred fear for just being a thing at all. Honestly, I don’t even know if what we saw could be considered a fierce struggle for survival. Not for how fast things began to fall apart once this army began making their move. I would say that this creative team definitely played well into the most dangerous parts of this story. That being the dangers that come with those infected who have way too convenient powers. It was like seeing a repeat of what happened in Unkillables, with the key difference that this was on a grander scale. That and everything here happened so fast. It’s a scary thing when the action hits you just like that and forces you to process so much tragedy in a short amount of time.
Now the approach to their assault as a whole was smart. Whether we were talking about Black Adam, or down the road when it is Wonder Woman, execution matters. At the end of the day, what is the point in an army, when you have infected who are quite literally armies of one? It mattered that there are battles like this where they play out in a way that doesn’t make you question the need for everyone else who isn’t them.
As always I will say that there is something to appreciate about Renato Guedes taking on this style of work. I find this style more favorable fore the level of detail he is able to get out of his pencils, and for the variety of colors the colorist is in turn able to bring to the interiors. It mattered in this issue specifically when there was so much to give attention to between the numerous characters involved in each scene, and let’s not forget being able to properly capture the distinctive features of Jotunhueim as this massive tower built into a mountain. The only thing you have to get used to when it comes to the way these characters are drawn, is that for some scenes depending on the perspective, faces can sometimes look long. Not in a way that you might find too distracting, but it’s just something that you might find yourself questioning.
Overall, before you call it a war, remember what kind of story this is first. It was great to get back into this story with DCeased: Hope at World’s End #6. For the focus on Wink, The Aerie, and all the madness inbetween.