The six-issue storyline (featuring art by Trevor Hairsine, Stefan Gaudiano, James Harren and Rain Beredo) kicks off with Darkseid unleashing a virus that infects anyone looking at a screen, whether it be their, laptop, cellphone, or security camera monitors. Once touched by the blight, these poor souls are transformed into violent zombies.
Here's the front cover of Issue #1 by Greg Capullo:
“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. “I couldn’t stop thinking of new and terrible ways to torture my favorite heroes in ways that made Injustice look tame by comparison.”
Luckily, the Caped Crusader is ready to face the zombie outbreak head-on. You can keep your Superman-adjacent strength. Brains beats brawn every time. Per Taylor's comments to IGN:
“Batman is definitely usually ready for anything. And this is no different. But Batman’s greatest asset, after his friends and family, is his mind. 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?”
There are also two variant covers, which you can check out below.
The first is an It-inspired variant cover for the series. Drawn by Yasmin Putri, the cover art shows a shadow-cloaked Joker (a la Pennywise) holding out a balloon to young Robin (a la Georgie Denbrough). Next to the two characters are the words "You'll die too," a play on "You'll float too."
The second variant by Francesco Mattina shows a berserker Batman, his skin all torn, his teeth beared horribly.
Taylor is known for his extensive work on comic titles like Batman, Justice League, Star Wars, Power Rangers, X-Men, Green Lantern Corps, and, of course, Injustice.
Issue #1 of DCeased goes on sale May 1. Early buzz from the likes of Steve Orlando and Robert Venditti — who have both had a chance to read certain issues—has been positive. DC's VP and executive editor, Michelle Wells, is also singing its praises.
Here's the official solicit info obtained by SYFY WIRE:
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?