Batman, Plus a Creepy Joker on the Covers of ‘DCEASED’ #1

Writer Tom Taylor has released two covers of DCEASED #1, featuring Batman and another with the Joker and Robin.

The main cover shows Batman punching a swarm of zombies wearing GCPD SWAT uniforms. Popular artist Greg Capullo drew the cover for new comic.

What is happening here? The police resemble cannibal zombies a la The Hills Have Eyes. How that fits in with the image of Superman seeing Metropolis in chaos and a bloody Darkseid is anybody’s guess.

The variant cover to DCEASED #1 showcases the Joker and Robin, in an homage to Stephen King’s It. Artist Yasmine Putri created the horror variant cover.

To long-time Bat-fans, the cover has disturbing implications, as the Joker murdered Jason Todd Robin, especially since the illustration aslo adds the ominous line, “You’ll die too.” Will DECEASED have another Robin death?

‘DCEASED’ Details

DCEASED’s plot is a mystery. It is unknown if it is even sent in current continuity. Up until recently, the comic’s marketing has been surprisingly low-key, with the exception of Taylor’s teases on Twitter.

Taylor is writing the series, with Trevor Hairsine, James Harren, and Stefano Gaudiano handling the art. Check out the official solicitation below.

DCEASED #1
(W) Tom Taylor (A) Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, James Harren (CA) Greg Capullo

  • A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction.
  • The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends?

DCEASED is set for release on May 1, 2019.

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Eric Lee

Eric Lee hails from San Francisco, California and has been one of the biggest fans of Batman since he was 2 years old when his dad showed him Tim Burton's 'Batman' on a fuzzy VHS. Currently, Eric is an avid comic book reader and writer and illustrator working on his own graphic novel. You can see his doodles at meeleeart.com.