We’re back with part 5 of the 6-part miniseries that is DCeased and get yourself prepared for some heavy losses. This series is great because we will see some amazing things happen and have impact since we know we won’t be held down by continuity like the main DC Comics series are. Tom Taylor is just the writer for the job of making the emotions fly in an end-of-the-world, high-stakes situation like this. So, let us jump into the issue and see what is happening — SPOILERS AHEAD, just because I want those emotional moments to be fresh for you. Don’t forget to get your tissues, as this issue will rip your heart out.
Right off the bat we see quite the world view and are told that a lot of cities have been lost due to this virus. Luckily part of Metropolis has been saved so we know the Kents and some of the Daily Planet survivors are doing fine. I love that in Trevor Hairsine’s art we can see that the skies are very bleak and just dirty clouds and smoke from the destruction of highly populated cities. Shout out to the colorist Rain Beredo for the palette that is used in the backgrounds. As always this art team delivers with the action and emotion that is shown from the characters — such a feast for the eyes.
There are two moments in comics where I can actually appreciate Lex Luthor — the first being at the conclusion to All-Star Superman when Luthor saw the world as Superman saw it, and the second being in this issue. Lex was very human and I loved the reaction to what has happened to Metropolis and the very fact that he was willing to put aside his view on Superman in order to solve this problem.
Speaking of villains, it was great to see what Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have built, helping to show that they aren’t evil — they just dispense their own brand of “justice.” It was fun to see the couple argue and compromise on how they are helping people. It was also nice to see powers and places come together to help what is left of humanity, like the newly created Gotham Jungle and Themyscira being open to everyone. The Fortress of Solitude becoming the new Hall of Justice was a great scene, but it probably wasn’t a good idea to get all those powerful people together…remember, they warned us of that idea in the last issue.
The scene with Ollie, Dinah, and Barry mourning Hal was heartbreaking as this was probably the first moment they got to slow down and take stock of what has happened to their friends, family, and even themselves. Going back to the new Hall of Justice, it was great to see everyone come up with ideas about how they can save everyone and of course Luthor would come up a solution that would tick off Superman, but it was awesome to see Lois Lane stand up to Luthor, especially in front of Jon and Damian who did his best to live up to the legacy of Batman. You’ll get a laugh when you see him in action.
Of course, the issue doesn’t end on a happy note. Tom Taylor is writing this, so it can get very, very dark. We lost more characters in this issue — some of those deaths could be justified while some of them were just heart-wrenching. One of the moments where a hero is taken by the virus and Superman has to step up was just insane and provides an answer to an age-old question.
This was another amazing issue from this series, and with that cliffhanger ending I can’t wait to see how this miniseries wraps up.
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