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Preview: Dark Ages #6 (of 6)

Dark Ages #6 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Mar 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99

• All the sacrifices made on the day the world went dark could be for nothing if Apocalypse has his way.
• Some of the greatest minds on the planet have been enslaved by the tyrant and are working on a plan that could end in annihilation.
• Will our heroes, fighting for their loved ones and lost ones, be able to stop Apocalypse and his forces, or could the world end again?

Dark Ages #6 (of 6)

Review: Dark Ages #6

Dark Ages #6

It’s a good sign for a comic when you want more of it. Dark Ages is that type of comic where six issues is just not enough to explore the world, characters, and let things play out a bit. Wrapping things up, Dark Ages #6 delivers a satisfying, though rushed, finale to the alternate world story.

Tom Taylor wraps things up in Dark Ages #6 with an issue that’s packed with action and has heroes and villains confronting Apocalypse and his enslaved army of heroes and villains. It’s full of action and unfortunately not given quite enough time to breathe and play out. The finale feels like an issue that could have used a bit more to expand its world and story, either a whole issue or at least an extra special supersized finale. The comic feels a little compressed especially with some dramatic moments that happen and then, that’s it. It feels like a story that was cut short in issues and forced to wrap up sooner than originally planned. Still, it’s satisfying in a popcorn summer blockbuster sort of way. It’s very satisfying with Taylor hitting the beats you want as a reader and delivering moments that stand out. Don’t forget the tinge of humor to it all.

Iban Coello‘s art continues to be solid. There’s a character or panel or two that feel a little off at times but overall, there’s a lot packed in. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino the action is fierce and there’s so many moments that are memorable visually. The team does an amazing job of making this world look lived in. It’s not just heroes and villains with different costumes. Here we see haggard and starved characters who look like they’ve been held and tortured. It’s a small detail that really makes the world feel more “real”. It’s something the art has been amazing at with each and every issue.

Hopefully, we get a sequel to the series. Dark Ages #6 leaves more than enough out there to build a really interesting follow up. Unfortunately, due to an exclusive deal with DC, any sequel won’t have the talent of Tom Taylor. Taylor through six issues helped balance heart and action with the fantastic art of Iban Coello for a miniseries that delivers on popcorn entertainment.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Dark Ages #6 (of 6)

Dark Ages #6 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Mar 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99

• All the sacrifices made on the day the world went dark could be for nothing if Apocalypse has his way.
• Some of the greatest minds on the planet have been enslaved by the tyrant and are working on a plan that could end in annihilation.
• Will our heroes, fighting for their loved ones and lost ones, be able to stop Apocalypse and his forces, or could the world end again?

Dark Ages #6 (of 6)

Preview: Dark Ages #5 (of 6)

Dark Ages #5 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 16, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Spider-Man joins Doctor Doom, the X-Men, the Inhumans, the Avengers and what’s left of the Fantastic Four on a rescue mission across a continent ruled by a madman. But they could be too late. The dictator of Europe has heroes and villains by his side, and the unthinkable is now in motion. Apocalypse could tear the world apart.

Dark Ages #5 (of 6)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Killer: Affairs of the State #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Aquamen #1 (DC Comics) – DC looks to have some big plans for the Aquaman corner of their universe and things really begin to pick up with this new series which brings a lot of different plotlines together it looks like.

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – Ben Reilly has been a character that has been hit and miss, so we were shocked at how blown away we were by this first issue. We’re hoping for more.

BRZRKR #7 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been full of action but also a lot of heart as well.

Carnage Forever #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is celebrating 30 years of Carnage. What’s coming? We’ll maybe get some answers here.

Dark Ages #5 (Marvel) – This event has been fantastic so far. Our heroes begin their assault on Europe to stop Apocalypse and with deaths already everything is on the table as far as what’s next.

DC vs. Vampires #5 (DC Comics) – When last we left it, it was the Justice League vs. Batman and Green Arrow. Who’s a vampire in the Justice League? We’ll find out!

Ghost Rider #1 (Marvel) – The character has had a rough go for a while but this sounds like a clean slate of a start that hopefully will put Ghost Rider more front and center like he should be.

Glamorella’s Daughter #4 (Literati Press) – A fantastic spin on the superhero genre. There’s solid heart and solid laughs.

The Harbinger #5 (Valiant) – Valiant is getting their world back in order and this series, along with Shadowman, feels like it’s going to play a major role in what’s to come. With a movie now again in the works, this is one to keep an eye on.

The Killer: Affairs of the State #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We love this series about a European hitman. Think James Bond but without the imperialist bullshit.

Step By Bloody Step #1 (Image Comics) – A wordless comic by Simon Spurrier, Matheus Lopes, and Matias Bergara featuring an armored giant and helpless child. We’re intrigued to check this one out as it hits the nostalgia button and wordless comics can be very hit or miss.

Snow Angels Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – If you missed this series as single issues when comiXology Originals released it, here’s your chance to discover this frozen sci-fi horror series.

Supermassive (Image Comics) – Image is getting a superhero world spinning out of Radiant Black and things really kick off here.

Task Force Z #5 (DC Comics) – The concept of an undead Suicide Squad might sound silly but it has worked so far and last issue left us with a lot of questions we want answers to!

We Ride Titans #2 (Vault Comics) – Giant piloted mechs protect against kaiju, we’ve seen that before. But, this series focuses on the dysfunctional family that manages and pilots one of those mechs.

Preview: Dark Ages #5 (of 6)

Dark Ages #5 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 16, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Spider-Man joins Doctor Doom, the X-Men, the Inhumans, the Avengers and what’s left of the Fantastic Four on a rescue mission across a continent ruled by a madman. But they could be too late. The dictator of Europe has heroes and villains by his side, and the unthinkable is now in motion. Apocalypse could tear the world apart.

Dark Ages #5 (of 6)

Review: Dark Ages #4

Dark Ages #4

Tom Taylor is a master at alternate takes on characters. He’s regularly done that with multiple series for DC and his talents are being used by Marvel in a similar way. Dark Ages takes us to a world where an EMP wave has disrupted electricity. Taking place seven years after the event, heroes and villains have helped form a new society. Unfortunately, they face a threat in Apocalypse who has enslaved some heroes and villains in an attempt to bring back power. War looms and Dark Ages #4 ups the tension and action as our heroes must decide what to do.

Dark Ages #4 doesn’t just show off Taylor’s solid storytelling abilities. What the issue really highlights is his worldbuilding abilities. Each issue has added elements that make this world feel lived in and thought out. Details show off elements that feel like they’ve been in motion for a while and this is all an ongoing story of which we’ve come into, not starting with.

In this issue we’re introduced to the refugee crisis that has occurred in Europe. Nightcrawler and Fury have commandeered a naval force to help bring those fleeing the continent to Africa and Wakanda where Black Panther and Storm have helped create a stable nation. But, it’s the small details of that naval force that stands out. How the ships move, the use of certain powers, it’s not just “this exists”, it’s clear there’s thought put into how it all works.

Beyond the detail, Taylor takes us on a rollercoaster of emotion and action. Of course things don’t go easily and with it being an “alt” take on characters, some can be killed off. That leads to some harrowing moments whose visuals stand out. But, Taylor also brings heart. Like those small details, Taylor remembers we need to care about these characters. And he makes sure to add elements that we can relate to them and connect in some way. This allows the reader to experience even more worry and tension as we don’t know who might be injured or die and since we’re connected, we actually care about those results. This isn’t a story where someone is just going to come back. It being a finite series and “closed” world allows for actual stakes.

Iban Coello’s art style is fantastic. Despite the low-tech setting, there really is a great “Mad Max” quality of it all. Old technology and vehicles are reused. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino, it all comes together in a focus that continues from Taylor’s story. There’s a detail about the art that helps make the world feel lived in. Things look worn and used. They’re familiar but also slapped together. It’s both clean and dirty in a way. Like the story itself, the details of the world look amazing and will get you to linger trying to figure out where it’s all coming from in the regular Marvel universe.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindleZeus Comics

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dark Ages #4

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby (Roaring Brook Press) – Great graphic novels for kids that are full of lessons and funny enough parents will enjoy it too.

Batgirls #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was kinetic fun. Fun being the operative word.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 (Marvel) – “Devil’s Reign” has been fantastic and this series focused on Elektra/Daredevil has us excited to see what this chapter brings.

Dark Ages #4 (Marvel) – This alternate world has been awesome so far. With technology/electronics on the fritz, the heroes must take on Apocalypse who might have an answer to the world’s problems.

Devil’s Reign: Superior Four #1 (Marvel) – Doc Ock in his “superior” phase has been great and it looks like we’re getting “superior” versions of well known characters from across the multiverse in his latest machinations.

Falconspeare (Dark Horse) – We’re Mike Mignola fans and love his comics, so an entire graphic novel by him and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell gets us to take notice.

Glam Prix Racers: Back on Track (Feiwel & Friends) – The first volume was My Little Pony meets Mario Kart for kids but we loved it too! We’re excited to check out the second race of the Glam Prix Cup on GLittergear Island!

Joe Hill’s Rain #1 (Image Comics) – Joe Hill’s novella gets a comic adaptation and we gave it a glowing review.

The Last Session #2 (Mad Cave Studios) – Friends get back together to finish their roleplaying campaign but a new player threatens to derail the experience.

Robin & Batman #3 (DC Comics) – Great story but it’s the jaw-dropping art that has us sucked in.

The Scorched #1 (Image Comics) – Todd McFarlane has been expanding his Spawn universe and we get our first team book!

Space Cadet #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot) – A young kid dreams of going to the Moon. One night he wakes up on the lunar surface! Luckily, there’s a friendly astronaut there to give a tour.

Sports is Hell (Silver Sprocket) – If you’ve never read Ben Passmore’s graphic novel, here’s your chance in a new printing with a new publisher.

We Ride Titans #1 (Vault Comics) – A dysfunctional family are the ones who pilot the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju.

Maniacs, Legions, Hyperborea, and Debuts are this Week’s Comic Highlights

There’s a lot of comics that come out every week and we’re kicking off a new regular feature where we highlight some of the interesting comics and debuts coming each week!

We want to hear what you want with this so let us know your thoughts in the comments.

This week’s highlights:

  • Dark Ages #4 (Marvel)
  • Joe Hill’s Rain #1 (Image Comics)
  • Justice League vs. The Legion of Superheroes #1 (DC Comics)
  • Maniac of New York The Bronx is Burning #2 (AfterShock)
  • Odinn’s Eye #5 (Bad Idea)
  • Robin and Batman #3 (DC Comics)
  • Scorched #1 (Image Comics)
  • Sword of Hyperborea #1 (Dark Horse)
  • We Ride Titans #1 (Vault Comics)

Exclusive Preview: Dark Ages #4 (of 6)

Dark Ages #4 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello (VCA) Mike McKone
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

A group of heroes have crossed dark seas in a desperate and dangerous attempt to save their friends. But before the heroes can save the world, they must first survive the most treacherous place on Earth – Europe!

Dark Ages #4 (of 6)
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