The DCeased series saved some of its most horrifying moments for last, delivering the moment Aquaman fans were waiting for in the process. And as an added bonus, Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine saw fit to make Arthur Curry's final appearance in DC's zombie apocalypse not only epic, but a horrifying, nightmare version of one of Jason Momoa's coolest Aquaman movie moments.
As those who read the entirety of DCeased will already know, all his Atlantean strength and combat skills didn't prevent Arthur from being killed in the very first pages of the series. Among the first Justice League superheroes to discover humans were being turned into monsters by the Anti-Life Equation, Aquaman was chased from a ship in a bloody storm, descending silently beneath the waves. Dead before even zombie Batman, it seemed Arthur was given a mercy, considering what horrors followed. But instead... he was simply preparing.
The moment arrives in DCeased #5, as the last survivors on Earth are being ferried from the island of Themyscira to escape shuttles. As the ground begins to shake, only Mera seems to know what is coming before it breaks the surface. Aquaman riding his famous Kraken... just completely zombified, as the last nightmare king of the undead Earth.
Commanding an entire Atlantean army of zombified soldiers, the scene actually ends as quickly as it starts for Arthur. In what is easily the most satisfying joke of the entire series, this assault follows the heroes gathering to forge a weapon to kill zombie Superman. A scene in which it is revealed that Batman developed a back-up plan to take down every hero... except for Green Arrow. From a man like Batman, it's the ultimate insult. But when Arthur Curry emerges on top of an undead Kraken, Green Arrow gets the last laugh -- firing a single arrow through the Atlantean's eye socket, killing him instantly. And with a "F*** you, Batman" of finality, Aquaman and Green Arrow team up to put the Dark Knight in his place. We're almost sad this nightmare is over.
In addition to watching (and then rewatching) the trailer for the DCeased series, interested readers can check out the full press release details for the collected edition below:
What happens to the World’s Finest if the world ends? With death spreading across the planet, who will live and who will turn in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? Fighting time, each other and all of humanity, Earth’s greatest heroes must rally together for what may very well be their last chance to save the world from the most terrible plague humanity has ever seen. The Anti-Life Equation has been released and is ravaging the world at the viral speed of social media. Once exposed, victims lose their minds, violently attacking all around them. The heroes of Earth are fighting a losing battle to save the world...and themselves! Collects DCEASED issues #1-6 and DCEASED: A GOOD DAY TO DIE #1.
The DCEASED collected hardcover will be released on November 20th, 2019. Pre-order your copy from DC's official website now.