Comic Reviews: DCeased and Black Cat!


STL120596Dceased #2 (DC Comics)

When I reviewed the first issue of Dceased, I mentioned that if the series was able to actually pull no punches, it would be something really interesting. And now that I’ve read the second issue, I can tell you that this book definitely takes the risks I was hoping it would, and the Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine series is the definitely going to take DC fans to some very dark places.

Picking up on the previous issue, the techno-organic virus released by Darkseid’s new Anti-Life Equation has corrupted the planet, and is starting to completely take over the major heroes of the DC universe. Many of your favorite heroes are starting to turn into monsters, and the remaining heroes are starting to wonder just how they’ll be able to save the planet and the surviving heroes. And it’s not going to be easy, especially when Batman is one of the first heroes to fall….

Tom Taylor’s script continues to build off his previous issue, and the intensity only ramps up with this one. Taylor gets to put the spotlight on a lot of other DC heroes in this issue, and continues to have an incredible knack for dialogue for a wide variety of characters. In a lot of ways, Taylor’s takes on some of the more “B level” DC heroes is even better than his takes on A-Listers Superman and Batman, and since one of those characters is definitely in a bad way at the end of this issue, that means that he’s going to be even better as the series goes on and the body count adds up.

Like Taylor’s script, Trevor Hairsine’s art is also better with this issue. Now that the background info is out of the way, Hairsine’s able to really cut loose with some really disturbing moments, and his depiction of the heroes reacting to the craziness around them is really spectacular. The DC universe is truly in chaos in Dceased, but it sure looks pretty damn fantastic.

DCEased is definitely a series that’s going to get a lot of people talking, and I really commend DC for releasing this book. While it’s definitely got some connections to Marvel Zombies, this series is showing this event AS it happens, and dare I say it, it’s even more brutal than the House of Ideas’ zombie tale from over a decade ago. I honestly have no idea where Dceased is going, but I can’t wait to see what’s next for our surviving heroes and villains.


Black Cat #1 (Marvel Comics) aHR0cDovL3d3dy5uZXdzYXJhbWEuY29tL2ltYWdlcy9pLzAwMC8yNTAvODEyL29yaWdpbmFsL0JMQUNLQ0FUMjAxOTAwMV9jb3YuanBnPzE1NTMwMDk5NjI_1024x1024

While there’s a plethora of Spider-Man related titles out there, there’s not that many who star his supporting cast that aren’t imbued with Spider powers. And there have been fewer still that star Felicia Hardy, his one time lover and sometimes enemy known as the Black Cat. While there have been some small miniseries starring the Cat, they haven’t had nearly the amount of hype surrounding Black Cat #1 from Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman, and so far there’s a lot in this comic that lives up to that hype

As you’d expect, this issue finds Felicia Hardy staking out her latest heist, and Jed MacKay’s script has a lot of fun setting up Hardy’s skills as a burglar. MacKay lays out exactly what makes Felicia Hardy such a great thief, and the way he builds her mystique with the other characters in the issue is really interesting. By having the security guards fill the audience in on Hardy’s skills as a cat burglar, it allows MacKay to fill new readers in on her history, but also plays her up in a way that doesn’t seem boring for long time Spidey readers.

Travel Foreman’s art is stellar as always with this issue, and leaves an indelible mark on this character. Being a part of the Spider-Man mythos for as long as she has, there have been many artists who have drawn Black Cat, but I really don’t think she’s ever looked quite as good as she does here. Foreman’s art is both fantastically posed but fluid, allowing for the book to really move with a great pace that adds to the script that MacKay has created, and he’s even made it a car chase look good, a feat that I thought was almost impossible in comics.

Honestly I wasn’t that interested in Black Cat when it was first announced, but I’m really glad that I ended up giving this a shot. In a lot of ways, this is the book that I wish DC’s Catwoman was, focusing on the character and her heists in a fun, Ocean’s Eleven style series. Here’s hoping that the prerelease hype on this book translates to actual sales, as this book really deserves it.

Posted on June 5, 2019, in Comic book reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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