Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Juan Doe
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
What They Say:
Now that the creatures of Shrae’s Ark have found land and made a home for themselves, they have a new challenge ahead of them: they must find a way to make sure that Noah’s Ark finds land, too. And as Khalee struggles with her newfound power and her position as human leader of the monsters, new revelations about her own birth come to light.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The second series for Dark Ark is one that got off to a great start for me just in having the same creative putting out a really strong looking and engaging book. Cullen Bunn has definitely won me over with this series for a while now and getting to see an expansion on it with this series as it delves into after the landing to a greater degree is exciting. Juan Doe has been doing some great stuff of his own elsewhere for AfterShock but I’m thrilled he was still coming back for this because his visual style is what defines Dark Ark. The color design and the line work as well as creature design is just so distinctive and engage so as to really draw me each and every time.
This issue works a lot of back and forth material that’s definitely working that expansion. We see how Khalee came into Shrae’s hands, with Shrae telling the other leaders that she’s been entrusted to him. This sets Aris to try and contact their dark masters on his own to call out what Shrae is doing but he’s positively surprised to get a response and one that says that they know. A new mission is set for him that will likely change the balance of power on land once he arrives in full. But with that and seeing some of the time with Shrae’s boys in how he knew what was coming. That sense of impending change definitely give it all a good weight that comes with an eerie feeling about it all.
The present material starts off interesting enough as well with Noah’s Ark hearing singing while still out at sea and realizing that it’s the angels that may be leading them to where they need to be. That feels ominous in itself but it’s just a piece of the larger puzzle that we’re still getting the shape of. A decent part of what we get here focuses on Khalee as she struggles with what she did to her father, who at least appears to her and tries to get her to realize certain things about being in charge of the monsters now. She’s facing some really dark times ahead and his warnings of the bloody demands that will be commanded of her sets the tone well. I also like that we get a little time with Kruul and his cub as they hunt and we see how he’s preparing the cub for the coming changes as the dynamic as it exists won’t last forever. There’s that sense from multiple quarters of a waiting until the moment is right before things begin to strike.
Dark Ark lays out several paths of where the story is going to go and that’s without knowing how the arrival of Aris will change things. That’s bringing something different from the past into the present and really set some competitive moments for Khalee to recognize and deal with. There’s a lot to like in pretty much all of these paths that are laid out before us and I want to see all of them, especially more of Kruul and his club out practicing. Bunn has a lot of irons in the fire for this storyline and JJuna Doe does an excellent job of bringing it to life but also to a whole other level.
Age Rating: 17+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: December 4th, 2019