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A Major Group of DC Villains Just Unexpectedly Became Heroes

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #2 will force major Green Lantern villains to step up and become heroes to fight DC’s undead apocalypse.

DCeased’s final chapter forces a major galactic threat to step up as heroes.

Writer Tom Taylor and artist Trevor Hairsine’s zombie epic begins to wrap this summer with DCeased: War of the Undead Gods. According to the Sept. 2022 solicitations for DC Comics, the title’s second issue promises that the undead apocalypse will stretch beyond Earth all the way to the planet Korugar, Sinestro’s homeworld. To stop an undead Darkseid and his forces, the Green Lantern villain and the rest of the Yellow Lantern Corps will have to work with the heroes they usually war against.

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This isn’t the first time that DC’s zombie series has forced villains to become heroes for survival. One of the saga’s spinoffs, DCeased: The Unkillables, saw villains like Deathstroke, Bane, Cheetah and others working with Commissioner Jim Gordon, Batgirl/Cassandra Cain and Red Hood/Jason Todd to protect a young group of survivors. Some of these former criminals died along the journey to Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn’s safe zone, the Garden.

However, not every villain in DCeased became a better person following the outbreak of the Anti-Life Equation virus. During DCeased‘s second main chapter, Dead Planet, it was revealed that a group of rich villains — Penguin, Professor Ivo, Simon Stagg and others — created their own safe house, where they built an army of Amazo androids to wipe out the Anti-Living and reclaim the Earth for themselves. Even worse, they unleashed their army upon the world just as the heroes had discovered and manufactured a cure.

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War of the Undead Gods will pick up on a cliffhanger left by Dead Planet. Though the sequel ended on a hopeful note with Black Canary kissing Green Arrow after he had been cured, Dead Planet #4 saw the undead Darkseid land on New Genesis, whose New Gods are shown in early artwork to be infected by the time the final chapter begins. Supergirl is seen getting overwhelmed by the zombie horde, with her perilous fate seeming sealed.

The series has not shied away from infecting or outright killing fan-favorite characters in the past. The first installment of DCeased killed off heroes like Batman, Flash Barry Allen and more, and ended with an undead Superman flying into the Sun to drain its energy (who is still in the star as of Dead Planet). Even more died in the series’ spinoffs and sequels, like John Constantine, Red Hood and others.

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #2 is written by Taylor with interior art by Hairsine and Andy Lanning, cover art by Howard Porter and variant covers contributed to by Francesco Mattina, Dan Mora, Sun Khamunaki and Kael Ngu. The issue is set to go on sale Sept. 20 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

Sean is a Weekend Comic News Editor for CBR. His typical trip to the comic store always follows the same sequence: promising to limit how many issues he will buy, seeing them on the shelf and buying them all anyway. He dreams of writing his own someday. Aside from comics and superhero TV/movies, Sean also enjoys musicals (both movie and stage), classic rock, stand-up comedy and podcasts. If you are interested, feel free to follow him on Instagram, Twitter and/or TikTok as your @localcomicsean for his personal jokes, thoughts and feelings about comics!


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