DCeased #1 Review - DC's Answer to Marvel Zombies, 15 years later
Updated: Jun 16
I am a huge fan of Robert Kirkman's Marvel Zombies and to date believe I have every one-shot and mini-series related to the event. I even have the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics in which they were introduced.
When I heard that DC was doing its own version of the zombie apocalypse, I had mixed feelings. The story feels about 10 years too late. Marvel Zombies has been shelved and The Walking Dead, also by Robert Kirkman has seen better days. The Zombie craze has waned with the exception of a few projects popping up here and there. Sony PlayStation recently released "Days gone" a triple-A new IP that was released to mixed reviews.
I'm a fan of horror and Love zombies so picking up DCeased as a no-brainer. I was curious about the story and the direction the series would take even though my eyes were dangerously close to rolling.
What really sold me on the issue was the Yasmine Putri Variant cover homaging the 2018 version of "It". The cover is gorgeous and also gives a nod to the classic Batman: Death in the Family storyline.
The story itself is typical for the zombie apocalypse. If you've read Marvel zombies meets Ash I think you'll have a decent idea how this issue progresses. DCeased is not a direct rip-off but you won't be shocked or surprised by anything that happens in this issue if you're a fan of zombie movies.
The angle Tom Taylor decided to take for the inciting incident that caused the outbreak is interesting and I'm pretty sure I never would have thought of it.
I also think he may be making meta contextual commentary about our culture in 2019 considering what causes the outbreak and how fast it spreads.
The art direction is creepy throughout the issue. Nothing is particularly scary but there are some pretty horrific and brutal scenes depicted and I loved it. These scenes got my attention and I'm pretty excited about what's to come.
The comic is fun and I did enjoy the pace of things. I'm glad that the setup was confined to issue one and that the story isn't being decompressed. It's a solid opening chapter even though it's nestled within a genre that is overexposed at the moment.
I will also note that if you're a casual horror fan or have not been plugged in to all of the zombie content that has been released in the past decade you'll probably get more enjoyment out of this issue. I'm just a bit jaded right now.
The issue is worth a read regardless of your background and I expect the series to only get better from here.