Just over two months on from the previous issue, the finale of Tom Taylor’s DCeased: The Unkillables dropped today and oh my was it a satisfying conclusion.
Taylor’s second venture into the DCeased universe has taken what made the first one so great and just made it even better. Great action, devastating deaths and character growth I never saw coming made this series an absolute joy to read and it didn’t change with this final issue.
This is my spoiler filled review so if you haven’t read the book yet and don’t want it spoiled quit reading now… SPOILER ALERT
Right, there we go! I don’t even know where to begin with this book. It – like the rest of this series – just did such a good job in portraying each and every character. No one was lost in the shuffle and every single one of our favourite DC characters got their own special moments throughout the book.
From Solomon Grundy literally ripping Bane’s head clean off – which was super bad ass by the way – to Deathstroke sacrificing himself to save everyone else, the issue was filled with so many WTF moments and I had the absolute greatest time reading it.
Tom Taylor is easily my favourite writer right now and this issue demonstrated why perfectly. He just seems to get these characters more than anyone that came before him and I finish reading his stuff feeling so much more connected to characters I’d previously viewed as one dimensional.
With the majority of the issue taking place during our main characters’ road trip from Bludhaven to Gotham, we got to witness all sorts of carnage which kicked off with a zombified Wonder Woman showing up and single handedly killing Cheetah, Solomon Grundy and The Creeper. It’s a testament to Taylor’s work that I was actually gutted to see character’s like Cheetah and The Creeper die when I’d previously had no emotional attachment to them in any way.
From there we saw Deathstroke sacrifice himself to give the other survivors a chance to escape, doing a seemingly excellent job against the infected until Wonder Woman literally flew THROUGH his body. Deathstroke is a favourite of mine so to see him get a hero’s ending gave me goosebumps.
We saw Lady Shiva rip her own heart out after becoming infected – which was incredibly heartbreaking, but also one of the most bad ass things I’ve ever seen – and we even saw the surprise arrival of Mary Marvel which I didn’t see coming at all!
The book ended with the survivors led by Jim Gordon, Cassandra Cain and Jason Todd arriving at Poison Ivy’s sanctuary where they were met by the likes of Harley Quinn and John Constantine and we eventually saw a group of statues erected in the memory of Bane, Solomon Grundy, Deadshot, Deathstroke and some of the other villains we’d lost throughout the series and I thought it was a touching end to one of the best comic book miniseries I’ve read in a long long time.
Previously one dimensional villains like Cheetah, Lady Shiva and The Creeper are afforded character growth like they’ve never received before and I can’t tell you guys enough how much I appreciate Tom Taylor’s storytelling.
And with his recent announcement that a brand new, digital first, DCeased series – Hope at World’s End – dropped today, I’m gonna go read that right now!