Here we are at the conclusion to DCeased: Dead Planet, a sequel that brought Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine together to take the heroes of DC Comics and put them against the end. Last issue, we saw that the heroes had quite the obstacle to face with three major situations: The Amazos attacking Anti-Lifers, Trigon coming to Earth, and getting the cure out. The stakes are definitely high and the drama is intense, but both Tom and Trevor pull it off perfectly in this issue. So well that I would highly recommend reading all of Dead Planet again before the conclusion in #7, just so you can build up the tension without the wait.
SPOILERS AHEAD for DCeased: Dead Planet #7!
So, what makes this a most excellent ending? Everything! Given how DCeased has turned out thus far, we go into this issue unsure what could happen — the heroes could spectacularly fail, the cure might not work on people, or the Anti-Lifers could just win out. I personally was expecting a halfhearted win or worse, but instead I was treated to a four letter word that this series doesn’t often offer: hope.
But before we get to the end, let’s talk about the buildup and beauty of this issue. The comic opens right up with the Amazos slaughtering in Australia. This is where artist Trevor Hairsine gets to shine, as he shows these robots just tearing into dead walkers; the drones are deadly and don’t stop even while covered in blood and body mass. The city is aflame while the carnage doesn’t stop. Thankfully, this isn’t a scratch and sniff comic.
After the setup of how dire the Amazo attack is, we finally see the heroes come down from the Heavens and it is quite the team. This is what I love most about Tom Taylor’s writing: the team lineups that he creates, along with the amalgam power sets we get to see. So we have Mary Marvel, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman (Cassie), Green Canary, and the SHAZAM-powered Batgirl. I’m so sad that DC Direct won’t be able to make more DCeased figures, because these would’ve been some awesome additions. I like the way Taylor talks about how this team is the best line of defense because they are warriors; it really speaks to how dire of a situation we are in.
Next, we are taken to the Trigon situation over in Paris. I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but we also find out the narrator is Zatanna, getting her take on the situation works so well. Once again, Hairsine creates a Hell on Earth that lives up to the intensity of the situation. Could you imagine being in Paris and seeing a giant Trigon wildly thrashing around and fire everywhere?
Luckily, things start to turn in favor of our heroes with the actions taken. We see that some of them will pay the price, but all that hardship was worth it to help the greater good. Some beautiful moments of heroism and heart are seen as we come down to the final showdown with Trigon. I’m glad that we also get to see what John Constantine was really doing by collecting all the magical artifacts — the power of Shazam, helm of Nabu, Ragman’s rags, and even Deadman’s powers.
I don’t want to go too far into the details of how this book ends, but I will tell you it was well worth it. There was a moment when a hero had been warned not to intervene, but of course they did, and I actually let out a real gasp because I knew I could lose them. Now that is story that moves!
I mentioned my second favorite moment in the comic earlier — my favorite moment was the reunion at the end. Tom and Trevor did it: they perfectly destroyed the DC Universe just to show us that it has heart and won’t stop.
DCeased: Dead Planet turned out to be one of the best comics I’ve read in quite a while. The ending was so great I had to sit down and read the entire miniseries all over again because the ride was so good and so satisfying. Tom and Trevor have created a masterclass on a fantastic, entertaining, suspenseful miniseries! Get this ASAP!
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