By Tom Taylor
No regrets. I picked this up thinking it would be a sub-standard what if, but by the time issue 5 neared its end, I was reading this through glassy eyes. I cried. I don’t know how Tom did this but yeah. Watching my favourite superheroes die and kill each other, issue after issue just got to me. This is a very sneaky punch. I grew up on Justice League and Batman, I watched the movies, I read the wiki articles. All that familiarity is used as build up as I saw characters I love turn into zombies, never to return. This was a bad trip man. I didn’t expect to be hit so hard by this.
This has its problems ofc. The “not zombie actually” trope is used quite a lot of times here and its silly to even think of including that, Tom could have just embraced that head on. Yeah. That’s the only major fault I could think of.
All characters are given space to grow and while some jokes don’t land, the greatest punch here remains that we’re watching the superheroes we know die, not some same symbol carrying elseworld motherfucker. I can’t tell you how I feel about particular deaths without going into spoilers and really, I don’t want to. If you’re a DC fan, read this.
Beautiful writing, total gutpunch.