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Dceased: Unkillables #3 ends it brilliantly in a bloody way!
Tom Taylor likes to put his characters through their paces, that’s for sure. Kill everyone, put the survivors in mortal danger, and then kill more people. That’s what you get in DCeased: Unkillables #3, and it’s bloody brilliant. Literally. Very bloody, Definitely brilliant.
What started in his DCeased miniseries continued into Unkillables, a three-story arc that follows Red Hood, Batgirl and Jim Gordon (and Ace) as they try to figure out how to survive after being left behind on an Earth full of the unliving. Batman is dead. Superman is dead. They’re on their own.
In Unkillables #2 the group holes up with a bunch of kids and a handful of supervillains in Bludhaven. With the lines between good and evil blurred, it’s a matter of survival. Over time, the group comes to realize that they’re stronger together than they are apart.
Naturally, things can’t stay that way for long.
Unkillables #3 is the epic conclusion to the story of these unlikely heroes as they fight to stay alive. There is carnage, yes. It’s Tom Taylor, after all. However, despite everything that happens there is a ray of hope that permeates the carnage and allows for a glimpse of something more.
This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning.
Unkillables #3 is sheer perfection. It’s hard to imagine a story that features the death of so many characters being so perfect, but it’s the tone that Taylor builds throughout the book that drives the story into a crescendo.
Here you have heroes, villains and kids fighting side by side against a menacing threat that will stop at nothing to see them all dead, and in that fight they discover undeniable truths about themselves and their larger purpose.
With a story that is so jarring, so visceral, it’s unfair that it has to end. With each issue of DCeased and Unkillables Taylor raises the stakes even higher, and the world he created is only getting bigger despite the massive death toll.
Taylor recently teased that the follow-up to DCeased is coming in August. DCeased: Dead Planet features Cyborg and possibly other members of the Justice League. With so many members already confirmed to be dead, we can only wonder what twists and turns his new story will follow.
DCeased: Unkillables #3 features a story by Tom Taylor, pencils by Karl Mostert, ink by Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards and Mostert, colors by Rex Lokus and letters by Saida Temofonte.
Unkillables #3 is available now at your local comic shop and via digital download.