DCeased appears to be the classic zombie survival narrative… but it’s not… but it is. After seeing this being hyped in some comics prior to the release and online, I had no option but to try it out. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when getting into this, so I’m ready for anything on this episode of Get In The Mecha.
THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE AND IN THE SHOW NOTES
For this episode, I will be looking at:
- What the heck actually is DCeased?
- What does DCeased do differently to The Amazo Virus Arc?
- Does the pacing work well with sort of narrative?
- Overall, is DCeased something worth getting into?
MUSIC & SFX IN TODAY’S PRODUTION:
Go Lucky by chasersgaming
Mandatory Overtime by Joth
SFX by SubspaceAudio
SOURCES USED IN TODAY’S PRODUCTION:
DCEASED #1 (DC Comics)
FANDOM PAGE (DCeased Vol 1)
DCeased is a twist on the typical zombie narrative, as it is justified by DC’s ‘logic’. Heroes will become enemies and some enemies will become our only hope in this new, fast-moving story.
PLOT SUMMARY: Darkseid has returned to Earth once again, meddling in affairs that have nothing to do with him (as always), but on this one occasion, has obtained the one specific thing he’s needed. Cyborg! Through tampering with the Apokoloptian technology that resides within him (a Mother Box), fusing it with the second half of the anti-life equation that he already has his hands on and adding death (sourced from The Black Racer) to the equation, he successfully stirs up a deadly virus (and gets blown up in the process). After being sent back to Earth, Cyborg is unable to contain the virus with a firewall, so it spreads through the internet! From now on, nobody is safe.
DCeased is a very fast moving story, switching between a wide array of characters throughout. Even the very beginning is highly fast paced, with the virus taking shape almost immediately. I am quite the fan of pieces that get right down to the ‘knitty-gritty’, if their isn’t much essential context that needs to be addressed within this time. The spread of the virus itself can also be considered ‘fast-paced’, giving me the feeling that the story is attempting to set up for the counter-attack of the ‘uncorrupted’ as oppose to focus on the fall of each of the heroes.
However, this very principal may be untrue for characters such as Batman, who slowly falls to the ‘zombie’ side. The reason why Batman’s corruption scene was important (and why it took longer than most of the heroes) was the fact that the character is often connoted as ‘the smart one’ or the ‘brains of the operation’. For such a character to become lost to the ‘dark side’ creates the feeling that the surviving team are going to be at a heavy disadvantage. For the other characters like The Joker and the Birds of Prey, this is assumed and thrown at us without delay.
I think reading DCeased made it more clear to me that pacing is really important in any narrative, whether that’s a weekly TV show, a monthly comic or a movie; it is very influential in how the story comes across. In the case of DCeased, the pace made it appear as frantic and comedic at times. By no means is this a bad thing, as I would love to continue reading this, however I am very curious to see how the surviving heroes and villains work together solve the problem they have on their hands.