What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #8! With the conclusion of the Battle for Jotunhueim, we move on to the next story. Though when it comes to this story in particular, I was shocked that they would actually decide on bringing out the Super Pets. Then again, who am I kidding? When it comes to this creative team, you brace yourself for the unexpected because I don’t think anyone should really mind finding out what the superpowered animals get themselves into when the world goes to ****.
Now what also caught me off guard here was what was meant by this little girl being rescued by the Super Pets. It wouldn’t have been hard to assume that the main character was Krypto or one of the Super Pets who you were more familiar with. The last thing which came to mind was Bobo being front and center. Though at the same time it made sense too. If these animals are going to protect and guide this girl to safety, how can they accomplish this if none of them can communicate with her? Once that came to mind, it was easy to understand why the choice was easy to use Bobo. I mean, aside from that I enjoyed the use of a character like this who still has enough wits about them to perform detective work. If there was only one thing which did bother me, it was the fact that this version of Bobo did not carry the Sword of Night. You know, the sword which can cut a portal to just about anywhere the wielder imagines.As someone who reads Justice League Dark, I tried not to let this bother me too much since this is all taking place in an alternate world.
Where I was able to overlook this was with the revelation we were given through the events of this issue. When you jump into a post-apocalyptic story, normally there is no one safe aside from those rare cases. However, in the cased of DCeased and the anti-life equation, they answered our biggest question yet about the reason why it is even possible for a Super Pets team-up to exist here. I felt satisfied with the answer because it was both simple and to the point. There was nothing complicated about the way that a sentient infection overlooks animals.
Overall this story was a fast-read, and very straightforward. Of course this is not me saying this in a bad way either, because nothing about this story ever gave you the impression that this was going to be something spanning more than an issue. There was something to fear, but it was also sincere for the fact that at the end of the day there are still lines you wouldn’t want to cross with a story like this. I think we can all agree that this was one of those exceptions where it made sense that there would be a happy ending. This book wouldn’t live up to the name ‘Hope at World’s End’ if everything turned out bleak.
This brings us to the interior work which impressed me. Given that this was an issue involving the Super Pets, I had my concerns that this might be that issue where the artists involved wouldn’t be at the same level that they have been the past seven issues. Fortunately for us, Hope at World’s End #8 was another chapter they nailed for the quality that went into it. First off, it was Karl Mostert who ended up impressing me most, and I say this because it takes some skill to be able to draw animals like this. To put them together and create engagement between them and one little girl. As I said above, it helped that one of the characters was Bobo who could actually communicate like a human. That said, the accuracy was the big thing. You could tell that Mostert either had familiarity with drawing animals like this or he just knew how to give them personality. Beyond that, phenomenal work from Rex Lokus too. For everything accurate about the penciling of these animals, the same could be said for the natural and organic colors which went into them. And not just the characters, but the world around them too.
With the conclusion of Hope at World’s End #8, we were graced by yet another story which captures your heart. If there is anyone who can accomplish that with a story like this? It would be this creative team.