GRAPHIC NOVELS

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DC. Nov. 2019. 224p. ISBN 9781401294403. $29.99. Rated: Mature. superheroes
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This brutal alternate vision of the DC universe opens with despotic villain Darkseid finally unlocking the secret to the Anti-life equation and turning it into a virus that he unleashes upon the Earth, immediately transforming 600 million humans into mindless undead beasts compelled to destroy the living…and only gets darker from there, as the virus continues to spread. Taylor (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Vol.1) keeps the action moving across the entire DC universe, from Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s attempt to create a jungle refuge for survivors in Gotham City, to the island of Themyscira, where Wonder Woman’s fellow Amazonians prepare for war against the fallen denizens of Atlantis. It continues through John Constantine’s investigation into the possibility of using magic to stop the virus, and Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, where a coalition of heroes and villains gather to lick their wounds and develop a plan for saving what is left of humanity. Illustrator Hairsine (X-Men Origins: The Complete Collection) keeps the violence horrific and the gore copious.
VERDICT A successfully scary and thrilling vision of the apocalypse, and a surprisingly moving examination of how beacons of hope cope with the realization that the end is nigh. Collects the entire best-selling miniseries.

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