DCEASED #3 & MORE! [Mini-Reviews]

DCeased #3 CoverDCEASED #3/ Script by TOM TAYLOR/ Pencils by TREVOR HAIRSINE/ Inks by STEFANO GAUDIANO/ Colors by RAIN BEREDO/ Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE/ Published by DC COMICS

Review by MATT MORRISON

The Anti-Life plague continues to spread across the Earth, even into the undersea realm of Atlantis. As Lois Lane, Green Arrow and newly appointed Green Lantern Dinah Lance try and establish a new base of operations in the Daily Plant, Superman begins a desperate flight to see who can be saved before turning his attentions to personal matters.

Being a Tom Taylor book, I had expected a fair bit of dark comedy and we do receive that courtesy of Harley Quinn. Yet even being familiar with Taylor’s previous work on other series, I was not expecting the gut-punch at the end of this issue. Paired with the visceral and unsettling imagery crafted by Trevor Hairsine, this book will horrify you and make you laugh, even as you feel just a little bit guilty for doing so. More than a mere zombie comic, DCeased will pull on your heartstrings and not in the way that the undead eviscerate the living.

5-5

 

Justice League #27 CoverJUSTICE LEAGUE #27/ Script by JAMES TYNION IV/ Art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ & BRUNO REDONDO/ Colors by HI-FI/ Letters by TOM NAPOLITANO/ Published by DC COMICS

Review by MATT MORRISON

Convinced Lex Luthor is not truly dead, Martian Manhunter continues his search and encounters a blast from his past along with one of the Justice League’s oldest enemies. Meanwhile, the rest of the League continue the search for allies in the battle to come, seeking out the Monitor himself!

James Tynion IV does a masterful job building off of Scott Snyder’s original story, balancing the weird cosmic elements of the story with some cute character moments. The artwork isn’t quite as in sync, with Javier Fernandez’s portions of the book looking so sketchy as to almost seem incomplete. The bits by Bruno Redondo (best known for his work on Injustice) are phenomenal, however. A solid issue of a solid series, but not an ideal one for newcomers.

4-5

 

Star Wars Age of Resistance Finn #1 CoverSTAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE: FINN #1/ Script by TOM TAYLOR/ Art by RAMON ROSANAS/ Colors by GURU EFX/ Letters by VC’S TRAVIS LANHAM/ Published by MARVEL COMICS

Review by MATT MORRISON

Before he was Finn, he was FN-2187. And before he was sent into combat, he was a janitor, doing the lowest of the lowly jobs assigned to Storm Troopers. But how did he first decide to turn against The First Order? At last, the tale can be told…

Those who are not already interested in the Age of Rebellion will find little reason to start caring, despite Tom Taylor writing a brilliant turning-point story for Finn. While this is a solid Star Wars story,  the uninitiated won’t magically be converted by it. The artwork by Ramon Rosanas and Guru-eFX isn’t particularly noteworthy either. Competently executed, but hardly outstanding, Star Wars fans will still eat this up.

4-5

 

Uncanny X-Men #21 CoverUNCANNY X-MEN #21/ Script by MATTHEW ROSENBERG/ Art by SALVADOR LARROCA/ Colors by GURU-EFX/ Letters by VC’S JOE CARAMAGNA/ Published by MARVEL COMICS

Review by ROY BUCKINGHAM

The ragtag band of what is left of the X-Men have tracked down Emma Frost in the Hellfire Club to see why they have no memory of her. It turns out that is only the first step in an ultimate solution that cannot be avoided.

To say all Hell is breaking loose in the world of the Uncanny X-Men is an understatement. It has been a hot minute since I last read this comic book, and while I was slightly confused as I was reading this issue, I must say that I was also glued to the pages.

While the story by Matthew Rosenberg was good, what really blew me away was the art by Salvador Larroca and Guru-eFX. Some panels appeared to have been drawn to be cover art, instead of just pages in the comic. Color me impressed. If you have been following this series, be ready for one massive twist at the end. Also, get ready to have “You’re Welcome” from Moana stuck in your head. You’ll see why.

5-5

About Matt Morrison

Matt "Starman" Morrison is The Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur - a non-existent but real-sounding country. He has been writing about comics since before the word "blogging" was coined. He enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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