Review: DCeased #4

Writer:Tom Taylor
Artists: Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Gaudiano
Color Artist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Review by Steve J. Ray

Big problems, loud bangs, new threads and splitting headaches. All of these and more can be found in the gore filled pages of DCeased #4. Tom Taylor, I don’t know whether to salute you, or just be very, very afraid. Maybe a bit of both? Yeah… let’s go with that.
It’s scary just how good this series is. When you remove the constraints of canon and continuity, the story can move in dangerous, unexpected and chilling new directions. I thought I’d seen every zombie permutation imaginable, but in a world populated by scary monsters and super-freaks the surprises can still come thick and fast. DCeased pulls out all the stops and delivers something that’s rotten to the core – but in the best way possible – in every single issue.

I See Dead People
Artists Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano and Rainier Beredo must rub their hands with glee every time they receive a new script. As a reader, I can tell that these three incredible artists are having a great time, because they’re being allowed to flex their creative muscles. Every new chapter delivers images I never thought I’d see. Characters act – and react – in ways I’d never have previously considered, and my nerves are being shredding mercilessly.
Page 5, panel 4 is genius (buy the book). I would LOVE to see the clean pencilled and inked versions of this page, because the final product is mind-blowing. The line artists and colorist have come together in away that I seriously can’t tell who’s responsible for what. This team is impressing the heck out of me, month in and month out.
Thankfully, I know exactly what Saida Temofonte’s responsible for. Every FWOOM, HRAARGH, BANG, CHK and TOOM resonates in this issue. Once again we’re seeing a talented letterer being allowed to go crazy, and it’s an absolute joy.
Romance, flying butlers, island paradises and green canaries. All of these and more can be found in the gore filled pages of DCeased #4. The amazing thing is though, I feel that we ain’t seen nothing yet, and the best (worst?) is yet to come.
he Rundown: As Washington D.C. burns, Cadmus tries to find the source of the virus and hopefully a cure.

With Ray Palmer shrinking himself down to examine the virus up close, Captain Atom is sent on a mission to wipe out the infected using a series of surgical strikes. Unfortunately, things go very wrong very fast. The situation is deteriorating fast and Atom’s presence is only going to make things worse when it’s discovered that Palmer has a secret of his own.
Back in Metropolis, the heroes are ready to broadcast their message to anyone listening that help is on the way and calling for all heroes who aren’t infected to make their way to the Daily Planet. All over the world, the call goes out and as Superman and Wonder Woman go looking for survivors, their call also attracts the infected in the form of a giant, zombie Giganta.
The Story: Tom Taylor continues to push the limits with this issue and the story. Just when you think things couldn’t get worse, Taylor drops a literal bomb on the survivors in the shape of Captain Atom. It’s a brilliant move on the part of the writer to keep the reader on his\her toes as to what to expect next. Everything in this series is unpredictable and the darker it gets, the more compelling Taylor makes it I can’t wait to see where the story goes next and after this issue’s dramatic climax, it looks like things are going to get darker.
The Art: Trevor Hairsine continues to deliver art that is both beautiful to look at and visceral in its depiction of the violence happening throughout the story.