Staff Picks – Week of 05/06/2019

DCeased #2
Tom Taylor (w), Trevor Hairsine (a)
DC Comics

Liz says: DCeased can be described as DC Comics’ equivalent to ‘Marvel Zombies’, but that would be selling it short, big-time. Tom Taylor (the writer who turned what might have been a throw-away video-game tie-in into gold with ‘Injustice’) is at his finest when main-universe continuity isn’t a concern, and DCeased is a prime example of what he can do with even the silliest premise. As much DCeased revels in killing off your favourite characters in the bloodiest possible fashion, it also keeps you firmly rooted in the emotional core of the story. What may have been, in the hands of a different creative team, solely an excuse for super-powered zombies and gore is instead a high-stakes Justice League story with genuinely scary, surprising and heartbreaking moments. Two issues in, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Thumbs #1
Sean Lewis (w), Hayden Sherman(a)
Image Comics

Chief says: Thumbs presents us with an America that has fully embrace the military-industry complex. As with so many books lately, fascism is abundant. But what’s most intersting about this is that even the other side of the argument flirts with a fascistic bent.

Young gamers are being trained by a tech guru before being spirited away to train for a war against America. To present a book where neither side is all that appealing is a fairly bold move and showcases a general move towards individualism in much of fiction at the moment.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. Lewis and Sherman give us a world where children are raised by A.I. and run by V.R., learning to kill and survive in a harsh new world. The writing is terse and tense, the art recalls Frank Miller’s Dark Knight and all it’s rough functionality. The colour pallete is near monochrome with electric pink splashes on nearly every page like warning signs. The plot, too, recalls Millers prescient DK Strikes Again’s Baudrillardrian concerns, living in the map not the territory. Points too for the authors in creating an oversized. glossy first issue that looks appealing and offers value for money. This will be a good book. Good enough.