As writer Tom Taylor himself called it, DCeased: Dead Planet #4 is an “intergalactic heist”. We’re back with one of DC Comics’ most hopeless and destroyed versions of the DCU in all of the Multiverse, but all that hopelessness manages to be a beautiful sight with Taylor and Trevor Hairsine bringing the magic. I was hyped up with last issue’s character return, so let us dive into part four as the heroes begin a quest to save the day in this dreary world of DCeased.
I love the banter that this rich mix of characters give off, between Detective Chimp, John Constantine, Mister Miracle, Batman, and others. The fact that they are complaining about a Boom Tube opening up in this on-edge location would anger anybody, but then Constantine starts throwing out his theory on why it is so loud…Gods and their awe, just brilliant! The dialogues and character that Tom Taylor creates just makes his stories that much more impactful as you find yourself caring for these characters, which makes it all the harder when tragedy comes along. Hairsine is no slouch, either — just look at his facial expressions as characters are talking and interacting with each other.
If the eyes are the window to the soul, I am in shock when it comes to the panel with Green Lantern Dinah Lance seeing Jon Kent Superman alive, as it expresses so much hope that the cure will be there. That moment is brought back down, however, when we see Anti-Life Green Arrow recognizing that he will be in Fate’s tower, which just sends chills of terror down my spine. At least the creative team did a good job of taking my mind off of that and showcasing some interesting relationships. I do appreciate the idea of Mary Marvel and Jon Kent, but a goodbye kiss before going into battle seems like a bad omen.
The book really starts getting the blood flowing once we make it to New Genesis. Of course, the rivalry between Orion and Mister Miracle starts heavy, and we get a neat revisit of King and Gerads’ depiction of how the two interact, but this time Jon Kent won’t have any of it. The new mythos from that Mister Miracle maxi-series don’t stop there, as we are treated to seeing Jacob Free, who is a little bit older, and we are also hearing of some mystery between Scott and Barda, so that’ll be interesting to see what Taylor adds there.
Taylor is definitely presenting some potential plot lines, and I have to say the idea of “the War against Existence” sounds amazing! I really did like how the team at first tries to trick Metron out of the chair, and failing that, what comes next is even better. Jon Kent and Mary Marvel are just so wholesome that they manage to convince Metron that the death of life would also be the loss of knowledge, which is a strong point.
DCeased: Dead Planet #4 is another fantastic issue, jam-packed with all kinds of goodies, horrors, and potential. I love the fact that two characters have returned as this can really ramp the emotions up a notch, so the drama never ends.
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