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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

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Preview: Captain Marvel #33

Captain Marvel #33

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Sergio Davila (CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“THE LAST OF THE MARVELS” PART 2 The Marvels are under attack! First they came for the captain… now they’re after the youngest to bear the title. Carol races to save Kamala
Khan, but no one knows – least of all Carol – what the Dark Marvels are up to next…or who they’ll target. And this time, not even the dead are off-limits. Kelly Thompson and Sergio Dávila deliver a shocking reveal – the first of many!

Captain Marvel #33

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)

Preview: Darkhawk #2 (of 5)

Darkhawk #2 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Iban Coello
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Connor Young: star point guard, recently diagnosed with MS and the new armored hero, DARKHAWK!
• But why was he chosen? Was it destiny? Fate? A cosmic coincidence?
• And what does it mean for his path forward?
• He’ll need to figure that out soon, before he has a run in a with a certain web-slinger…

Darkhawk #2 (of 5)

Marvel’s Stormbreakers Celebrate Comics’ Greatest Couples in Variant Covers

Marvel’s Stormbreakers, the next generation of elite artists, continue to take the comic book world by storm by shattering the limits of visual storytelling with their incredible talents! In addition to their exemplary work on Marvel’s hottest ongoing titles, this amazing group of artists come together each month to deliver outstanding, must-have collections of variant covers. And November’s Stormbreakers Variant Cover series will shine the spotlight on some of Marvel’s greatest couples.

Fans know that a super hero’s romances are just as riveting and integral to their mythos as their most epic battles, and Marvel’s Stormbreakers have stunningly captured some of Marvel’s greatest love stories including:

  • ·       Spider-Man and Mary Jane
  • Cyclops and Jean Grey
  • Daredevil and Elektra
  • Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman
  • Mystique and Destiny
  • Storm and Black Panther
  • Vision and Scarlet Witch
  • Captain America and Sharon Carter

Marvel cover reveals to come!

  • BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS #2 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by JOSHUA CASSARA
  • AVENGERS #50 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by CARMEN CARNERO
  • DAREDEVIL #36 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by JUANN CABAL
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #38 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by NATACHA BUSTOS
  • X-MEN #5 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #80 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by R.B. SILVA
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN #1 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by PATRICK GLEASON
  • INFERNO #3 STORMBREAKERS VARIANT COVER by PEACH MOMOKO

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

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)

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)
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