What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about DCeased: Hope at World’s End #14! It has been interesting playing catch-up with this book right here. Apparently we are approaching the end of Hope at World’s End, and the future isn’t looking too bright for the survivors of Earth (obviously). Though like with all stories like this, your investment is in the details of the events unfolding.
If there’s one thing I appreciate most about these days bridging the gap between when the apocalypse kicked off and when they left Earth, it is the focus that has been placed on characters like Lex Luthor.You could give this guy credit for a lot of things, though in this scenario it is for being the guy who might know best about making the hard call. Let’s be honest, everything about the hero’s rescue efforts has been nothing short of cringeworthy. Even if a cure is current possible in the present time, that is years later, after years where people have also been killed without the possibility of a cure. Is that a battle you want to win in the end? I don’t think so, and that is where characters like Lex Luthor come in. He sees the world for what it is, he sees the angles the others refuse to see, even the outcomes. These issues have been perfect for challenging this guy to go along with the heroics and push that brain of his to the limit.
Now even if we knew where this was all inevitably leading, especially for those like Luthor, this didn’t change the fear of wondering how much could still go wrong. Particularly when infected like Black Adam have been allowed to rampage through the world for far too long. Now while we don’t get around to what goes wrong in this issue, the feeling still looms over your head since this is a story where just about anything can happen. Though till then it was cool to see this plan of Luthor’s slowly come into being. Who he was choosing to help him was a point of interest, as well as their choice to agree to what he needed from them.
The interior work for this issue was solid for this art team. I can’t say there was anything too standout that we see visually. but I can’t say that there was anything to have a problem with either. If anything you could simply enjoy the expressiveness and liveliness put into the characters since this was an issue where there was mostly interactions over anything else. If there was action or anything else unfolding, I for one would have expected much more from the art.
At the end of the day, it wasn’t really a question of if the Gotham Garden was going to stand the numbers of the Anti-Life Army stepping to their front door, because we know already that the garden has plenty of time left. Through the events of DCeased: Hope at World’s End #14, we were looking forward to see why this garden is able to continue existing and protecting who is left.