In their latest round of solicitations and through an article on IGN, DC Comics has officially announced DCeased, a zombie story written by Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano and James Harren. Like the original Marvel Zombies, this story will take place outside regular DC continuity — so expect a high body count.
“While the characters are the ones everyone knows so well, this is very much its own thing,” Taylor told IGN. “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.”
According to IGN, a pandemic breaks out on Earth thanks to Darkseid, as he unleashes “a techno-organic virus [that] infects the world’s networks and spreads to some 600 million people through anything with a screen. Those affected try to remove the virus from their minds by scratching and ripping at their own flesh. But once the virus takes hold, they essentially become a rage zombie. Of course we know that Batman has a plan in place for virtually every disaster you could imagine, but this pandemic might be more than even the Dark Knight could have ever prepared for.”
Greg Capullo will provide the cover for the first issue:
Francesco Mattina and Yasmine Putri provide variant covers. Putri’s plays homage to It‘s Pennywise:
The six-issue miniseries starts in May.