By Joshua Yehl
If you were sad when you heard DC’s zombie outbreak event DCeased would just be a six issue mini-series, then we have some good news for you. An upcoming oversized one-shot titled DCeased: A Good Day to Die will tell an additional story set in that world turned mad by a techno-organic rage virus, spearheaded by DCeased writer Tom Taylor and joined by artists Darick Robertson (The Boys) and Laura Braga (DC Comics Bombshells) with more names to come.
“Honestly, as soon as I started writing DCeased, I realized I could write it for years,” Taylor told IGN over email on how this extra DCeased tale came to be. “With the epic scope of this series, there was no way to fit all the characters and all the ideas I had into just six issues. … We had a whole cast of characters whose tale was ending up on the comics cutting room floor. Writing is about killing your darlings, but these were darlings I wasn’t even going to get the chance to kill… until the idea of this special was raised by editor Ben Abernathy.”
That idea entailed showing what Mister Miracle and Big Barda, who we briefly glimpsed in Issue #1, are up to during the events of DCeased. They’re joined by the duo of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle and everyone’s favorite sorcerer con man, John Constantine. Not the first team one might choose to help stop a zombie apocalypse, but they’re what we’ve got.
“This is a mission to save the world, and this may just be the only team who can save it,” Taylor teased.
The DCeased event kicked off in May and saw the outbreak spread through phones and screens, infecting people across the world instantaneously. It ended with Batman getting a nasty bite from a zombified Dick Grayson. Issue #2 hit last week and saw some startling superhero transformations.
DCeased: A Good Day to Die #1 goes on sale September 4. Check out the full solicitation for the one-shot below.
DCEASED: A GOOD DAY TO DIE #1 (One-Shot)
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Laura Braga, Darick Robertson and others
On sale 9/4/19
48 pages @ $4.99
Main/Standard Cover (Big Barda, Blue Beetle, Mister Miracle, Mr. Terrific)
“Portrait” Variant Cover by Francesco Mattina (Deathstroke)
Horror Movie homage Variant Cover by Yasmine Putri (“The DCeasening”)
While the mainstays of the Justice League—Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman—battle the worldwide infection in the pages of DCEASED, a group of other heroes work to stop the impending apocalypse—no matter who they have to kill!
Mr. Terrific assembles a motley group of surviving heroes including Mister Miracle, Big Barda, John Constantine, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold as they attempt to fight back against the tide of death. Can this ragtag group save the world where the Justice League has thus far failed?