Review: Dark Ark #1

The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world-such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?

Writer Cullen Bunn has been killing it with a series of horror comics and Dark Ark is added to the pull pile with a story about that “other ark” on the ocean at the same time as Noah. This ark is full of monsters and things aren’t going so well. Food is scarce and Noah’s ark is looking like a good target to help solve that.

Bunn presents a fascinating comic whose tension is enhanced by the fact that it takes place in such a small space while at the same time having the vast world around it that can’t be moved around in the traditional sense. The fact he’s able to mine a Biblical story and give it a new twist I haven’t seen before is impressive as well. Just when you think things have been mined completely… The first issue sets up the tension well, gives us the background of everything, and does that in a way that creates a lot of conflict to come. It’s smart, it’s interesting, and it has me wanting to read more.

I generally really enjoy Juan Doe‘s art and this looks great. It’s dark and there’s a lot packed in, so I found myself lingering on the pages to really figure everything out. That’s not a bad thing at all and shows how much is in there (the review copy was digital and had a stamp on it which might have contributed to things). The style of the monsters and characters are very cool too, not quite sure how to describe the style but it feels like there’s a slight manga influence to it all.

Dark Ark #1 is a solid debut. As I said, it mines material and gives it a new spin I wasn’t expecting and really enjoyed. I want to see where it all goes as Bunn sets up the conflict really well and it feels like a powder keg getting ready to explode. A great example of how the setting can make a story.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review