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Dceased: Dead Planet

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In Superman's forge, Wonder Women imbues the kryptonite with her magic-infused Sword of Athena, forging a weapon that combines Superman's two principal weaknesses.

Swamp Thing is angered that the villains are torturing Floronic Man and forcing him to produce food for them but he and Shadowpact are forced to flee when Penguin reveals his plan to use an army of Amazos to take back the earth. Gordon refuses at first, but ultimately allows them to kill the infected inside, including an infected Billy Batson. On Earth-2, an undead Highfather crash lands as Damian Wayne tells the crowd to run as he keeps Highfather busy. Most importantly though, this felt like a great sequel/conclusion along with hints that there’s more to come.There are lots of satisfying Easter eggs and plenty of Alan Moore references to please a longtime DC fanboy like me though. A single Amazo remained, attacking both of them, resulting in Jon holding him in place, while Damian placed a bomb on it's head, taking it out. She informs him that Bane ran right through her to the outside, where the group spots the infected Bane opening a hole in the walls surrounding the orphanage, allowing the horde of infected to enter. She even gives Arrow the Sword of Athena, still infused with Kryptonite from 5 years before and the League ventures to Earth, where they meet up with Kilowog on duty, monitoring the situation on Earth. It’s awesome seeing these new takes on our classic heroes (Black Canary as a Green Lantern just seems completely right).

Admittedly, that sounds a little thin, but we're talking about a story revolving around people who were turned into zombies by their phones. Damian deduces that if there was an anti-life equation, there is logic to assume that there is a life equation, but only thing was to find a way to unlock it. In this 7 issue series, we see the surviving characters from the first series on their new found planet. In the fragments of Apokolips however, the Black Racer remained, witnessing the core of Apokolips crack, revealing that Darkseid is indeed not dead.In Keystone City, Wally West, Max Mercury, Impulse and Jesse Quick evacuate the uninfected residents to an alternate Earth. A dying Wonder Woman tells Green Lantern and Cyborg that Superman must be stopped and hands Lantern the kryptonite sword.

Set 5 years after the events of DCeased, the survivors have fled to another dimension and reestablished a new generation of the Justice League. Swamp Thing explains to Constantine that there is a garden in Australia which needs his help, to which John refuses at first, but not before Swamp Thing angrily convinces him otherwise. Before they can proceed an infected Wonder Woman slams into the Batmobile while a horde of infected swarm the group.

kills Red Hood before Cassandra takes the staff from Shazam and uses her newfound lightning powers to kill Captain Marvel Jr. Wonder Girl takes Jon to Poison Ivy's jungle sanctuary for medical attention and reunites with the survivors there, including Mary Marvel, Doctor Fate and Cassandra Cain. He is angered due to Floronic Man being used by the bunker's inhabitants, breeding plants for them against his will. During the incident, Arrow is blinded, then attacked by an infected Wonder Woman, which causes Dinah to retaliate with her Canary cry, which in conjunction with Hawkgirl's mace, Wonder Woman is taken down and nearly killed by Dinah. At this point, it's way more subversive to have a Batman who's personable, funny, comfortable in his own skin, and aware of his traumas in a healthy way.

Elsewhere, Aquaman is overwhelmed by a swarm of infected and both the Joker and Green Lantern are infected from viewing corrupted screens. It is revealed that Green Lantern also saved the group at the Daily Planet in a green energy shield bubble. Dead Planet could have been a shameless cash grab, but instead it's a very different look at the aftermath of the original series, paying homage to what came before while paving the way for. You kind of miss the character work of DCeased, though, where Tom Taylor really made you care about a superhero right before killing them. Taylor has written for Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Boom Studios, Wildstorm, 2000 AD and Gestalt Comics.

She then sent Mary and Fate out to investigate it, finding it to be Cassie holding an injured Jon, requesting their aid. All told, a somewhat unnecessary sequel to DCeased, almost entirely different, but enjoyable and satisfying and beautiful in its own right. Back in Gotham, Cyborg completes recoding his blood with the life equation, but he doesn't know how to turn it into a cure, leading Damian to request Swamp Thing for help, as he was once a biochemist named Alec Holland. I suppose DCeased was a creative mash-up of DC superheroes and zombies, it just didn’t make for all that compelling reading.

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