Warning! Spoilers for DCEASED: DEAD PLANET #3
In DCeased: Dead Planet, the truth behind the hidden sanctuary in Australia is revealed, much to regret of those who chose to investigate it. Called the Southern Bunker, it is a refuge built by the rich to survive the apocalypse which was overtaken by a group of rich DC villains. As if a sanctuary ruled by the Penguin, Simon Stagg, and Maxwell Lord wasn’t bad enough, it is revealed that they have prepared a robotic army to take over the mostly undead world, their weapon of choice being a classic Justice League villain.
In the sequel taking place five years in the future, members of the mystical team Shadowpact accompany Swamp Thing to find a location surrounded by Anti-Living. Losing Ragman and Blue Devil to an undead Plastic Man, John Constantine, Zatanna, Detective Chimp, and Swamp Thing survive long enough to learn at least some of the secrets behind the less-than-altrustic sanctuary.
After Swamp Thing kills Maxwell Lord over his refusal to release the Green from its imprisonment, Oswald Cobblepot turns to Professor Ivo to unleash their secret weapon, the villainous cyborg Amazo. With the combined powers of the Justice League at his disposal, Amazo obliterates Swamp Thing before being stopped by Zatanna. Realizing that the Southern Bunker has more than one Amazo, John Constantine conjures up an exit and convinces the surviving heroes to leave so they can fight another day.
Originally appearing in The Brave and the Bold #30 (1960), Amazo was created by Professor Ivo, whose DCeased counterpart has seen better days. Amazo originally defeated the Justice League in battle due to his ability to retain the abilities of targets he copies. Although he was eventually defeated, versions of Amazo have fought different incarnations of the Justice League as a cyborg and later as a sentient virus that could infect and grant normal people staggering superpowers until it killed them.
Following John Constantine’s cryptic narration that they should have stayed to fight instead of retreating, Cobblepott and Simon Stagg brush off the threat of the heroes’ inevitable return so they can focus on their unfolding plan. Realizing their stay at the Southern Bunker is nearing its end, they uncover an army of Amazos courtesy of Professor Ivo that are ready to implement the villains’ plan to take back the world. With marketing suggesting that this issue would set in motion the upcoming “DCeased: Earth War” storyline, it would appear that not even the Anti-Life Apocalypse can stop an old villain from wanting to take over the world, even one consumed by the DCeased.
DCEASED: DEAD PLANET #3 by Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldassini, and Rain Beredo is out now!