Taylor + Hairsine pit DC’s heroes against an undead Darkseid in ‘DCeased: War of the Undead Gods’

The finale of the ‘DCeased’ saga will rise in August.

Writer Tom Taylor and artist Trevor Hairsine will reunite one more time for the final chapter in the DCeased storyline — DCeased: War of the Undead Gods.

The eight-issue monthly limited series will take the action into the cosmos, as the Anti-Life Equation spreads among the stars and the surviving heroes from Earth prepare to battle a reborn, undead Darkseid — who has also infected the New Gods. Taylor and Hairsine talk about the new series in a launch trailer:

Here’s the description from DC:

What began as a battle for Earth has become a war for the galaxy! The emergence of a reborn, undead Darkseid in DCeased: Dead Planet sets the stage for the most devastating conflict yet for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman! As the Anti-Life Equation spreads into the cosmos, the survivors of Earth prepare for the coming apocalypse and realize their only hope could lie in the most powerful surviving hero from the first DCeased series.

And here’s a look at the cover and some preview art:

And what would any project announcement be without some variant covers? Let’s start with one from Dan Mora, a series of connected covers that will be available across the first four issues:

Hey, this looks familiar:

Here’s a closer look at the one for the first issue, with Lobo in Beast Mode:

There’s also one from Francesco Mattina:

And one from Sun Khamunaki:

Here’s the rundown on each of them, for those interested in variants:

Like previous DCeased series, DCeased: War of the Undead Gods will feature more than just breathtaking art from Trevor Hairsine, but an incredible collection of cover art from some of comics’ best talents. In addition to the card stock main cover from Hairsine, the debut issue also features a card stock homage variant cover by Dan Mora (Detective Comics, Batman/Superman: World’s Finest) a card stock acetate variant cover by Kael Ngu, a 1 in 25 ratio “horror” variant cover by DCeased mainstay Francesco Mattina, a 1 in 50 ratio variant cover by Sun Khamunaki, and a 1 in 100 card stock “virgin” homage ratio variant cover of Dan Mora’s art. The variant covers for issues #1 – #4 by Mora connect to form a larger homage image of one of the best-selling comics of all time. Check your local comic book store for availability and pre-ordering details.

If you aren’t familiar with the DCeased alternate universe tales that Taylor and Hairsine have been creating, they started back in 2019 with the original six issue miniseries. It details how the fabled Anti-Life Equation — that thing Darkseid was always after to control or destroy the universe — gets corrupted, placed inside Cyborg and then basically becomes a zombie virus that spreads through the internet and begins to infect Earth, including many of its superheroes. It was followed by several spinoff series: DCeased: A Good Day to Die, DCeased: Unkillables and DCeased: Hope at World’s End, and finally a sequel, DCeased: Dead Planet, which introduced a cure and ended the plague … or so we thought.

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #1 arrives in stores Aug. 9.

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