When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the multiverse, at least according to a new six-part DC event series launching in May from writer Tom Taylor (Injustice) and artists Trevor Harisine (Legends of the Dark Knight) and Stefano Gaudiano (The Walking Dead). The series, titled DCeased, will see Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the DC pantheon of heroes racing against time to stop a virus spreading rapidly across the planet that turns the infected into rabid killing machines.
According to the synopsis, the horde of zombies infected are not technically undead but just people who’ve been exposed to a “techno-virus.” Are we perhaps stepping into Stephen King territory here? (His novel, Cell, is about a zombie apocalypse that’s caused by a mysterious signal sent out across a cell phone network.)
The cause of this particular techno-zombie apocalypse seems to be Darkseid’s Anti-Life equation, which infects Cyborg, who in turn accidentally send out a signal that zombifies the population of Metropolis. You can see how this all goes down in the preview pages at the bottom of this article.
First, here’s the solicitation:
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Trevor Harisine, Stefano Gaudiano, James Harren
Cover Artist: Greg Capullo
“A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor returns with a terrifying new tale and is joined by artist Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Gaudiano.”
DCeased #1 is out on May 1.
Check out the Greg Capullo cover for the first issue:
Below are a few preview pages: