We need your mind. We sure as hell don’t need you for anything else.Lois Lane
Written by: Tom Taylor
Pencils by: Trevor Hairsine
Inks by: Stefano Gavdiano
Colours by: Rain Beredo
Letters by: Saida Temofonte
Cover by: Joshua Middleton
Variant Cover by: Francesco Mattina
Release Date: October 2, 2019
Heroes and Villains alike have been taken down by the Virus that has been spreading in Tom Taylor’s hit new series. This issue acts as a climax we didn’t know we needed and leaves us in fear for the future of humanity. Taylor is amping up an already intense and catastrophic tale of death and destruction.
We start exactly where we left off the last issue with Superman and Wonder Woman floating above the remains of the once-beloved city of Metropolis. With only a few survivors from the annihilation, we are surprised to see among them Lex Luthor. Now a broken man who sides with Superman over the loss of their once-great city. The remaining heroes take out worldwide communications and act to create safe havens for the remaining population, as well as a base of operations for the heroes to plan a way to fix or escape from the Virus. The team creates Arc’s to move the population off-world, but actions are quickly thwarted by an infect Martian Manhunter who quickly kills Lex Luthor and infects the Flash – who speeds across the globe spreading the infection to the remaining population before Superman sacrifices himself to collide and stop him. In his last moments, he comforts his family before trying to die before the Virus takes over – however, he doesn’t make it far enough.
One of the things Taylor manages to pump throughout this issue is the sense of despair and disrepair the state of the world is experiencing. We have heroes falling left and right, moments of hope crushed, and a god put against his people. Taylor pulls strings on the hearts and backs of these characters – and we mirror it as it happens.
The artwork has been consistent in this series, but it hasn’t been anything outside of what we would be expecting. But that’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t distract from the story, and we get some moments that are tight and intense that bump up the action.
We’ve got one issue left to see if the world is doomed, and we lose all our heroes. If we learned anything from this issue, it’s to throw away any preconceived notions of hope for a happy ending – Taylor will leave us with our jaws on the floor.