Comic Reviews: Plunge and DCeased: Unkillables!
Plunge #1 (DC Comics)
The Hill House imprint from DC keeps growing by the month, and we’ve finally got another title written by the imprint’s head Joe Hill with Plunge. A mix of The Abyss and classic John Carpenter tales like The Fog and The Thing, Plunge finds a marine biologist and a salvage crew investigating a distress signal from a survey ship. The only problem? That ship sank forty years ago, and shouldn’t be sending any kind of signal at all.
After a massive tsunami uncovers the Derleth, the ship starts sending out a distress signal to anyone who can read it. Once it reaches the mainland, Marine Biologist Moriah Lamb is called in to investigate. Thanks to her research on Arctic Reefs, she’s the go to person to investigate what happened with this ship. But when she and the salvage crew start their investigation, they’ll quickly find that they’re about to be in for something far beyond just an ordinary shipwreck.
Everything about Joe Hill’s script is RIGHT in my wheelhouse. Salvage crew at sea? Check. Mysterious ship sending out a distress signal? Check. Spooky nautical theme? BIG check. While this opening issue is essentially just an introduction to Dr. Lamb and the members of the salvage crew that are hired to help her, it’s not an issue at all due to Hill’s fantastic characterizations of everyone. Hill’s set up for this story is spectacularly moody, and fits right into the John Carpenter vibes he’s going for.
Stuart Immonen’s not the first artist I would pick for a horror book like Plunge, but I’m very impressed by his art here. Ocean waves, ships, and sea creatures are among some of the hardest things for artists to depict in comics, but Immonen handles it no problem. The mood established in Hill’s script is even more pronounced here in Immonen’s art, and it just furthers my belief that Immonen can literally draw anything and knock it out of the park.
Plunge is another great title for the Hill House imprint, and stands along some of the stronger titles in the series. If you are hesitant to add it to your list, you should really consider it, as it’s got a fantastic hook, and being written by the guy overseeing the line means that the quality will remain consistent throughout the run.
Dceased The Unkillables #1 (DC Comics)
Dceased made a HUGE impact on the DC comics world, more so than you’d expect from a “DC superheroes meet zombie invasion” storyline would. The Tom Taylor scripted series was appropriately bleak, and ended with almost the complete annihilation of the world of the DC characters. So how exactly is Dceased: The Unkillables a new series? Well, it shows the untold stories of characters like Deathstroke, Red Hood, and few other of DC’s most notoriously hard to kill heroes and villains as they traverse the Anti-Life Equation ravaged world, and the results are even more brutal than the first Dceased.
When Slade Wilson’s recent mission puts him right into direct line of contact with the anti-life zombies, he’s quickly overrun and infected…..for about a day. Thanks to his super-healing, Slade is able to recover from the Anti-Life infection, and return to normal. Of course, that means he has fewer and fewer chances of surviving the world, and needs to find a way to survive long enough to make it out. That means teaming up with some of the worst villains DC has in order to make it through the apocalypse. At the same time, Jason Todd teams up with Jim Gordon and Cassandra Cain to make it through the destruction. Will their paths cross? Only time will tell….
Tom Taylor’s one of my favorite writers in DC’s stable, and Unkillables is a great example. From the brilliant idea of assembling these various characters to the surprisingly heartfelt moments for Gordon and Jason Todd, Unkillables quickly goes from feeling like a cash-grab tie in to something that absolutely feels like it would fit right in with the original miniseries. It’s a blast of a book, and feels like a natural extension of the original story that’s filled with jaw dropping moments.
Karl Mostert’s art is shockingly brutal, and adds the appropriate amount of horror and action that this series requires. There’s plenty of fantastic action sequences throughout this issue, and Mostert makes a HUGE impression on the book. I hadn’t see his art before Unkillables, but I’ll be sure to check it out from now on.
Unkillables is an absolute must buy for fans of the original Dceased series, and it fits right in with that original story. In fact, I’d go as far to say that it’s even MORE insane and over the top than the original story. If you thought the original story was insane, then you are not prepared for what Unkillables has in store for you.
Posted on February 19, 2020, in Comic reviews and tagged DC Comics, DCEased, DCeased: Unkillables, Hill House Comics, Joe Hill, Karl Mostert, Plunge, Stuart Immonen, Tom Taylor. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.