'DCeased' Expands With 'Hope at World's End' Digital Series

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The 14-part series launches Tuesday, further growing the superheroes vs. undead plague franchise.

The dead continue to rise as DC expands its successful DCeased franchise with the launch of DCeased: Hope at World’s End, a new digital comic miniseries set between the pages of last year’s first hit series about a DC universe beset by an undead plague.

Written by DCeased co-creator Tom Taylor, with art by Dustin Nguyen, Rex Lokus and Saida Temofonte, the 14-part series will explore what happened to a number of characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter and Jimmy Olsen, during the time-jump inside the fifth issue of the original miniseries, as the Anti-Life Virus spread across Earth in the wake of Metropolis falling.

“There was a point in [the first] DCeased where we had to make the decision to skip weeks of losses and triumphs and heroism or our first miniseries wouldn't exactly be a miniseries,” Taylor said in a statement about Hope at World’s End. “But we knew we had a larger story to tell, so we seeded plots we could expand on and deliberately left huge characters off the table for the future. That future is here.”

Hope at World’s End marks the fifth DCeased project since the property’s launch in May 2019. Beyond the original six-issue series, there has been a one-off special and a three-part miniseries set inside the timeline of the first series — DCeased: A Good Day to Die and DCeased: Unkillables, respectively — with a sequel, DCeased: Dead Planet, set to launch in June. The original DCeased was a massive hit for DC, with the first issue being the fifth most successful comic of last year.

The launch of the new series also continues DC’s expansion of its “Digital First” publishing program, which the company ramped up last month in the face of an industry-wide pause on the print side.

The first installment of DCeased: Hope at World’s End is available digitally now, with new chapters to be released twice monthly.