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Preview: Dark Ages #2 (of 6)

Dark Ages #2 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

It has been years since the age of technology ended in a single moment, like a switch had been flicked to off for an entire planet. Now Earth’s heroes attempt to bring humanity together in the darkness. X-Men and Avengers, vigilantes and villains all work together to create something better. But something darker than the night is descending on the world. Our post-apocalyptic world is about to face Apocalypse.

Dark Ages #2 (of 6)

Review: Dark Ages #2

Dark Ages #2

Tom Taylor is a master of the dystopian comic story. With stories like Injustice and DCeased for DC, he’s shown the heroes we know other fallen from good or struggling to survive. He takes the characters we know and puts them up against impossible odds with no issue having them fail. Marvel‘s Dark Ages is about what happens after that failure. After stopping an immense being called the Unmaker, Earth is enveloped in an E.M.P. that has shut down all of the technology. The first issue left us with a world that had gone dark, Dark Ages #2 shows us what comes after.

Impressively, Taylor subverts some of the expectations going into Dark Ages #2. This isn’t a world that is crumbling with roving gangs battling it out. The heroes and villains that remained eventually found a better way for everyone and worked together. That’s what the issue takes us through, the history and the more hopeful, smaller world that now exists. It’s an interesting twist compared to Taylor’s previous work. There’s absolutely some carnage but all of that is mentioned giving us the history to the now. It’s in the past as the people that remain have moved forward to work towards something greater and better. It’s weirdly… hopeful. But, can you do an entire comic of that? Where’s the fun!? Taylor delivers twists and turns in Dark Ages #2 and by the end the danger and conflict to come is clear.

What’s great is Taylor has really thought about this world. The comic is full of small details that makes it all feel “lived in” and more real in so many ways. Alarm systems and how the heroes and villains use their powers to keep things going are interesting and there’s clearly ideas mapped out in how all of this works. Those small details help add depth to the comic and adds to the enjoyment as we see how the world has adatped.

Some of that detail is due to Iban Coello‘s art. There’s so many visual queues as to what has happened to the world and how it, and the survivors, have changed. Along with color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino, the combination of the trio gives us a comic that feels a little bit grimy but in a way you’d expect for a world without technology. There’s a bit of dirtiness about it all that adds to the realism and sucks the reader in. The designs for everyone really stands out though. The changes are fantastic blending classic superhero looks with an almost steampunk flair about it. It never quite crosses over into any one genre instead it feels cobbled together like would really happen.

Dark Ages #2 is a fantastic second issue. The first setup the world to come and this issue gives us the conflict to come while also going over the history that was. Such a solid story that it’s one to not be missed and feels like a classic Marvel alternate future in the making.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Nice House on the Lake #5

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.

Almost American #2 (AfterShock) – Based on the true story of two Russian spies who defected to the US.

Amazing Spider-Man #75 (Marvel) – It’s a whole new era for Spider-Man as Ben Reilly suits up in what’s being dubbed “Beyond”. It’s an intriguing new direction that builds off of what has come before really well.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 (DC Comics) – After A-Day, numerous individuals who were in Arkham escaped. This series focuses on them and the individuals attempting to round them up.

Batman #114 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” has been amazing and this issue is just awesome brutal action.

By the Horns #6 (Scout Comics) – This fantasy series has been a blast to read with a nice mix of tech and magic and characters that are a lot of fun to watch what they do and how they interact. This is a series far too many are sleeping on.

Chicken Devil #1 (AfterShock) – The title alone has us smiling. The story is about a business owner who finds out his business partner owes the mob $2 million.

Dark Ages #2 (Marvel) – The miniseries has the world plunged into darkness and the heroes attempting to help rebuild society. An interesting debut that had us wanting to check out more.

DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1 (DC Comics/DC Horror) – DC has been dipping into horror more and more and this second series in the line has us wanting to see if they can strike gold twice.

The Nice House on the Lake #5 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – An amazing series. An amazing issue. This is one that should be in everyone’s pullbox.

Out #1 (AWA Studios) – Allied POWs vs. Vampires in World War II.

Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #1 (Image Comics) – Rick Remender writing a new series gets us to take notice but the tease of assassin’s and the action that can bring has us excited.

Serial #7 (Abstract Studio) – This series has been growing on us with every issue and this one really starts to bring it all together.

Preview: Dark Ages #2 (of 6)

Dark Ages #2 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

It has been years since the age of technology ended in a single moment, like a switch had been flicked to off for an entire planet. Now Earth’s heroes attempt to bring humanity together in the darkness. X-Men and Avengers, vigilantes and villains all work together to create something better. But something darker than the night is descending on the world. Our post-apocalyptic world is about to face Apocalypse.

Dark Ages #2 (of 6)

Around the Tubes

Dark Ages #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start your day.

ActuaBD – The publisher Jacques Glénat condemned by the tax authorities – So there’s money in comics?

Wine Industry Advisor – Wine Company Pairs with Comic Book Publisher Over New Wines – Well, ok then!

Games Radar – NPR and comic book vets team to revive the Golden Age superhero Micro-Face … no, really – Well ok then.

Reviews

Comic Attack – Dark Ages #1

Collected Editions – Raven: Daughter of Darkness Vol. 2

Marvel Announces Four New Printings

Four of Marvel’s biggest recent launches will be getting new printings! These currently sold out issues will be hitting stands on October 13th. Complete with new covers including a brand-new piece by Iban Coello for Dark Ages #1, these exciting new printings will give fans a chance to dive into the start of some of Marvel’s biggest upcoming stories!

Dark Ages #1 presents an all-new saga of the Marvel Universe as you’ve never seen it before from Tom Taylor and Iban Coello! This is what the Watcher has been watching for! A danger older than the Earth threatens everything. For once, the heroes who have saved the planet so many times are almost powerless in the face of it. X-Men and Avengers assemble. Spider-People and Fantastic Four come together. Heroes for Hire fight alongside Champions. None of it will be enough. The lights are about to go out. The world outside our window…is about to end.

Kyle Higgins and Juanan Ramírez start a new era of an all-new Darkhawk in Darkhawk #1. Connor Young is a seventeen-year-old star basketball player with the world ahead of him, until a surprising medical diagnosis changes everything. But what happens when a mysterious amulet finds him and gives him powers beyond belief? What will he do with these new abilities?

Darkhawk #1

Now in its third printing, the critically acclaimed Moon Knight #1 by Jed MacKay and Alessandro Cappuccio is the start of a brand-new journey for this complex and intriguing Marvel super hero. The mysterious Mr. Knight has opened his Midnight Mission, his people petitioning for protection from the weird and horrible. The Moon Knight stalks the rooftops and alleys marked with his crescent moon tag, bringing violence to any who would harm his people. Marc Spector, in whichever guise he dons, is back on the streets, a renegade priest of an unworthy god. But while Khonshu languishes in a prison that Moon Knight put him in, Moon Knight must still observe his duty: protecting those who travel at night. Let it be known – Moon Knight will keep the faith.

Moon Knight #1

And X-Men: Trial of Magneto #1 presents a mutant mystery that will shake Krakoa to its core! A horrific murder. A shocking revelation. A trial that will divide the new mutant nation. Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck bring you a new epic that threatens the Reign of X and will upend the world of mutants. The truth is hidden, the danger is far from over, and the trial has begun.

X-Men: Trial of Magneto #1

Around the Tubes

Dark Ages #1

It’s one of two new comic book days! What are you getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

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Reviews

CBR – Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1
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Collected Editions – Raven: Daughter of Darkness Vol. 1
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Review: Dark Ages #1

Dark Ages #1

Going into the comic, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect in Dark Ages #1. Is it some “mini event” that entertains but has little impact? Is it some major event? All I was sure of was it has something to do with technology failing and society starting over, at least that’s the sense I got. With Tom Taylor writing and Iban Coello on art, no matter what was inside, I was pretty sure I’d be entertained.

Taylor has become a master at delivering alternate takes on superheroes throwing them into dystopian worlds like DC’s Injustice and DCeased line of stories. Even in those rather dark and bleak stories Taylor delivers stories that feature hope. He knows how to nail the emotional ride of such stories. By every indication of Dark Ages #1, we’re getting more of that.

Dark Ages #1 is an interesting comic as it’s not quite clear if this is during normal continuity at first or not. After a while, we get a better sense of how it “fits” into Marvel’s universe and as those questions are answered it’s easier to get into the story, especially knowing what those answers mean. And it means Taylor can have some fun. Like his alternate world work with DC, this series hits you in unexpected ways. Heroes die. The heroes fail. And that’s the basis of the story, what if the heroes didn’t save the day? What happens after? But, even in that bleak idea, Taylor delivers a glimmer of hope.

Iban Coello‘s art delivers as expected. Joined by Brian Reber on color and Joe Sabino on lettering, there’s just enough spectacle to nail home how tragic these events are but never overwhelms. We see cities destroyed, buildings collapse, and heroes die, but there’s never a moment so shocking it hits you and takes you out of the story. Instead, there’s just a sadness about it. You get a sense of the scale of the disaster but there’s a focus on key moments and characters to set up the “humanity” of what’s happening. As the issue closes, the art kicks it up a notch delivering hints as to what’s to come and what we can expect.

Dark Ages #1 is a solid start. Taylor is delivering yet another spin on classic characters in a new world and setting. The debut sets the bar as what we can expect and the answer is everything. No one is safe and we’re being delivered a solid spin and direction it seems like. If you like Taylor past similar work, this is a start that’s well worth checking out.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Dark Ages #1 (of 6)

Dark Ages #1 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 01, 2021
SRP: $4.99

This is what the Watcher has been watching for!
• A danger older than the Earth threatens everything. For once, the heroes who have saved the planet so many times are almost powerless in the face of it.
• X-Men and Avengers assemble. Spider-People and Fantastic Four come together. Heroes for Hire fight alongside Champions.
• None of it will be enough.
• The lights are about to go out.
• The world outside our window…is about to end.
• An all-new saga of the Marvel Universe as you’ve never seen it before from Tom Taylor and Iban Coello!

Dark Ages #1 (of 6)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Almost American #1

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.

Almost American #1 (AfterShock) – The true story about two Russian spies as they defect to the United States.

Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1 (DC Comics) – The next Batman event is coming and the Scarecrow is at the center of it. We’re excited to see where this storyline is going as its been building since the line picked up after Future State.

Dark Ages #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been teasing this miniseries and we’re still not sure exactly what it is but we’re intrigued since we’re so in the dark.

Eighty Days (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – A graphic novel about a pilot who wants to just fly with freedom. But, Jay meets Felix, a thief who draws him into the struggle against the looming aviation guild.

Telepaths #1 (AWA Studios) – J. Michael Straczynski and Steve Epting are enough to get us to want to check this out where an electromagnetic disturbance awakens telepathic powers in a tenth of the Earth’s population.

Transformers: King Grimlock #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was an interesting one putting Grimlock on a different world where he’ll have to decide if he’ll be a hero or just his usual pain in the butt.

Undiscovered Country #15 (Image Comics) – The series has been a wild ride with every arc. You never know where it’s going or what the creators are going to come up with making this a comic series that keeps its readers on their toes.

Almost American
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