The DC Universe is about to be overrun with zombies in the new series DCeased - and Batman will have to stand against them.
Writer Tom Taylor will bring his well-known sense of horror to the series, along with artists Trevor Hairsine, Stefan Gaudiano, James Harren and Rain Beredo. In DCeased, Darkseid will unleash a techo-organic virus that overtakes almost the entire DC Universe - with Batman standing against the rage zombies the virus creates.
“The idea originated with editor Ben Abernathy. He had an idea to do a horror/zombie tale at DC, and hit me up to ask if I’d like to be involved. At the time I was pretty busy, but over the next few days, my mind was racing,” Taylor told IGN, who announced the series. “I couldn’t stop thinking of new and terrible ways to torture my favorite heroes in ways that made Injustice look tame by comparison.”
“Batman is definitely usually ready for anything," Taylor teased ominously. "And this is no different. But Batman’s greatest asset, after his friends and family, is his mind,” Taylor teased. “Without wanting to spoil too much, our virus affects the mind. Can Batman fight something that’s part of him? Or will Bat-god be revealed to be as mortal as the rest of us?”
Don't fret though - while the characters in DCeased are the most familiar and current versions of DC's heroes, the story isn't in direct continity, meaning whatever brutal zombie horror Taylor cooks up won't affect the core DCU.
“While the characters are the ones everyone knows so well, this is very much its own thing,” Taylor explained. “The reason being, the stakes are real. We can tell a story without holding back. No one you love is safe. Even the icons can fall.”
DCeased #1 is due out on shelves May 1. The series will run for six issues.