DCeased: Dead Planet #6 is a great issue to calibrate your doomsday clock to, and boy are there a lot of reasons to set it late. We have seen some wild things in the course of this series so far, but this issue preforms a miracle while also reminding us of all that is coming in this crap-storm that is the DC Multiverse.
After reading this issue I have to say that I will be jealous of fans who can immediately move onto issue #7 because Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine set up so many dominoes that it will be hard to tell what’s left standing after everything hits the fan. Let’s see what awaits us!
SPOILERS AHEAD for DCeased: Dead Planet #6!
Right on the cover by David Finch, we see Trigon breaking through and sure enough he does just that as he makes his way to Earth…so there is one major threat our heroes have to worry about along with Anti-Life pawns. Usually things come in threes, so on top of those two disasters, we have to worry about T.O. Morrow and his deadly Amazo robots that are ready to burn off the Anti-Lifers from this land. I love that opener with them as Penguin is being especially bossy and T.O. just puts him in check by reminding him of the control he truly has. The panels with T.O. looking at the reader are probably the deadliest I’ve ever seen the villain be — I really didn’t have that much respect for T.O., but after this he went up a couple of notches in my book. Fantastic job by Hairsine for making that happen. Luckily, Taylor doesn’t just like us to feel overwhelmed with disaster, he also likes to sprinkle in some hope. Maybe that is a tease, or he just likes the fall to be that much further?
We finally see that there is a cure on Earth! I found it great the way it was come upon by having all the heroes come together, and what a fantastic reminder of all the brain power that is present with this collection of heroes and villains. Batman gets two great moments in that passage as Swamp-Thing has just come up with the perfect name for Damian with “Little Batman”, and then of course the best power of Batman is bestowed on Damian as to why he needs to be part of the brain trust.
I really enjoyed that when it came time to test the cure we have Scott Free vs Dinah Lance; why not, as they are part of some of the biggest relationships in the DCU. With Taylor’s writing you can really sense the love that these two have for their partners yet in the end Scott is the victor in his plea, but I wonder if he was really being honest or just going for what he wanted? Major kudos to the story, as even though I saw something it was powerful enough on its own to make me question it.
Not only is all that happening, we also have to discover what John Constantine is building up for: saving the world! I love how he is being confronted by quite a few characters about his actions, yet by the end of it they seem to be on his side. John calls the Phantom Stranger the “Ghost of Apocalypse Present” in relation to the Spectre being the Past with the last visit, so that has me curious of who would be the future?
This is another great issue with another great team created by these dire situations; plus it is all coming to a head with evil coming from above, below, and on site! Constantine is really building up the magical cache to save us…but will it just doom him in the end? Hype is high and I’m dying for that next issue!
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