What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #7! Like I said previous, before you call it a war, remember what kind of story this is first. This isn’t one where you could ever call one side a winner or a loser. Not when no matter the confrontation, there is always a loss experienced. The only difference is that one side cares more than the other.
Last we saw from the issue before, things were not looking good in this Battle for Jotunhueim. The tower was already being flooded with the unliving, and it was hard to ignore the infected Black Adam who was not going to go down without a fight. If there was one thing which pained me about this situation at first, it was the fact that we already know what turns Wonder Woman into one of the univing, and it wasn’t Black Adam. So this did take away from the fear that anything bad might happen to her, though obviously that wasn’t where we should have been focusing our attention, because with a book like this there is more than one way where things can go wrong. Having said that, I was impressed with how things played out when Black Adam took that dive at Wonder Woman.
The idea of the Justice League springing into action here made sense. The call was for Wonder Woman, but for any rescue mission, you never want to go in with just one hero. So much can go wrong if there is not enough hands on deck to handle the consistently overwhelming numbers. So their combined might was something to experience in the face of Black Adam and his army.
Now as someone who just got done reading Hawkman this week as well, I was thrilled that this wasn’t the only book where Hawkman and Hawkwoman would be getting their chance to shine. Honestly, I did not see it coming where they would be involved in a battle like this, but that is also something to appreciate about a book like DCeased. It takes a special kind of writer to pull off a story of this scale in general, but it also takes a bold writer to always be looking for characters you don’t get to see often in other books, and give them a role to play.
How the Battle for Jotunhueim ended was satisfying for everything good and bad which occurred. There was a lot to take from what happened here, because again we were seeing just how it is that things got as bad as they did later on. For every small victory that these heroes claimed, there was much more they did wrong for how they handled this situation. It was never enough to just save people, and that was always the difference between the Justice League taking action, and everyone else.
That said, I would say that this issue in particular was probably some of Renato Guedes’ best work for this story. A book like this is a lot of work between drawing all of these heroes and an unliving army. You could tell that for some of this, he was definitely getting used to all of that, and by this issue he was nailing the perspective, the body proportions, just everything which really made all the difference in putting us in action. Now what really stood out to me was the terror felt from the way that the blighted have someone who can travel through the Shadowlands. The color work there was perfect for the chilling atmosphere created between the dark and cold color choice. Especially when you take a trip to the other side of the portal.
All in all, DCeased: Hope at World’s End #7 brings another contained story to a close. Now we know what happened to those who thought Jotunhueim was the safest place to keep from the blighted. One less haven, which makes surviving this world that much harder than it was before.