The story takes many cues from the Zombie Apocalypse genre, focusing on a corrupted, technological version of the Anti-Life Equation that, instead of brainwashing the masses, turns them into ravenous, rage-filled undead that will stop at nothing to destroy any living persons, including superhumans. Now the heroes of the DC Universe must stop the threat before all is lost, but when superheroes are among the infected, can anything stop them?
This series contains examples of:
- Break the Badass: Superman is really put through the wringer in the story, having friends, colleagues, and his father get infected and turn on him. His mental health and stability decline further and further with each issue.
- Driven to Suicide: Darkseid himself is corrupted by the Equation and kills himself by driving into the core of Apokolips and destroys his entire planet along with himself.
- Godzilla Threshold: Captain Atom, with his atomic powers, is considered to be this. When he detonates the destruction is incomprehensible.
- New Media Are Evil: The virus is widespread through the use of the internet and smartphones, with 600 million people being affected almost instantly.
- Spiritual Antithesis: To both Marvel Zombies and to Injustice: Gods Among Us.
- Just like Marvel Zombies, it is an Expendable Alternate Universe story of superheroes dealing with a Zombie Apocalypse. But instead of being a Black Comedy where zombifications make people amoral cannibals but let them retain their intelligence like Marvel Zombies, it plays off more like a traditional zombie story, with mindless hordes of undead and things being played for drama, not laughs.
- When compared to Injustice it has a tendency to give heroic roles to characters who are evil or dead in that story, like Superman or Damian Wayne, while quickly killing off those who were crucial in the Injustice storyline including Joker, Catwoman and even Batman himself.