Extermination, like a lot of post-modern super-powered comic books doesn’t have the most original characters. That’t not what it’s creators are trying to do and they don’t need original characters to do it. But writer Simon Spurrier with artists Jeffrey Edwards and V Ken Marion are doing something original with these archetypes that were made so famous by the likes of DC Comics. It’s taking this DC Universe to a next logical step of post-apocalyptic desolation – what might be the consequences if these immensely powerful beings really did exist – like out of control nuclear weaponry.
Spurrier, Edwards and Marion make Extermination a book that other big
publishers character licensing companies are afraid to do, pushing their characters to a new limit. Extermination starts with Nox, a gun-wielding Batman and the Red Reaper, a brilliant madman struggling to team up and survive against a desolate wasteland populated by demonic aliens that want nothing more than to eat them. In a series of flashbacks, the reader is introduced to a world that much more resembles the one they know from The Big Two – but with more honest, extreme versions of those characters that they might expect.
With Extermination, it is in the present-day timeline where the archetypes are pushed to be something new, something previously unexplored. Spurrier experiments with what lengths these characters might go to survive a bleak world that they are at least in part responsible for creating. At the end of this first volume, the super-powered survivors must of course band together to fight what seems to be overwhelming odds but it looks like the approaching final battle might actually be worth reading because there might actually be consequences to their actions.