DCeased: Dead Planet #1
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Trevor Hairsine
Inks by: Gigi Baldassini &Stefano Gaudiano
Colors by: Rain Beredo
Letters by: Saida Temofonte
Where to begin with the latest chapter of Tom Taylor’s DCeased world?
Well, for one, we now know a certain con-man is going to have to play hero at some point down the line. Something John Constantine had to do in another DC story not too long ago (see Justice League Dark: Apokolips War). But it never gets old seeing that miserable mage thrust into the limelight, since that’s just about the last thin he desires.
Then again, who knows if there can ever be any peace in a Taylor-written story. He’s not exactly one for happy endings (which is a good thing).
I expect if there’s going to be any sort of resolution — which isn’t at all guaranteed – it’s going to cost a heft sum. Meaning, some important heroes will probably perish.
Though, we’ll never know who will go until it’s too late. Because that’s one of Taylor’s greatest talents: he makes it impossible to predict exactly who he’s going to write off.
As for the art, the one thing that stands out most about Trevor Hairsine’s work is his depiction of Jon Kent and Damian Wayne.
DCeased fans know Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent aren’t exactly in the picture right now — but Batman and Superman very much are still. While Jon’s suit looks different from his father’s, he could easily pass for his old man if we weren’t informed. Same goes for Damian — until he opens his mouth (‘cause he’s still the same old Damian on the inside).
At the same time, there are subtle differences in their faces. Once they’re identified as the new Batman and Superman, it becomes more apparent we’re not looking at Bruce and Clark. But the similarities in appearance are a nice touch – and, of course, make sense. Personally, those two characters drew my full attention right away because I wasn’t entirely sure who I was looking at. Again, a small thing, yet very effective.
All in all, it’s hard to not get excited about DCeased Dead Planet #1. Even if you don’t know exactly what’s gone on with the DCeased run, this has the makings of a must-read for DC fans.