Dark Ark #9

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe

Echidna, the mother of all monsters, has come to claim the Dark Ark of Shrae the sorcerer and all the humans on it. While trying to bargain with the beast, Shrae is tossed over board and sinks to the depths, however he discovers something else in the dark, something that was meant to stay drowned.

Cullen Bunn proves once again why he is one of the best writers in the business. This story is a great continuation of this take on the biblical ark story. Bunn once again creates a story that keeps with the flow and pace of the other books in this series and doesn’t try to veer off the path it’s on nor are there too many new elements in the story. This doesn’t confuse the reader in any way and keeps a sense of familiarity with the story so far. The reader doesn’t have to try so hard as to remember what has gone on in this story. Bunn delivers straight forward with his story but also keeps us guessing as to what is going to happen next. It’s that intrigue that keeps this title going as a must have for anyone’s pull list.

The art by Juan Doe fits with the story perfectly. It’s a dark, kinda gritty style that compliments a dark, gritty story. It’s not so gritty as say a detective story, but it’s enough that it gives it an edge, and it’s absolutely great. Facial expressions and emotions jump off the page in the art. In some of the panels where it’s not a close up of a character, the art does get a bit murky and distorted, but other than that, it’s wonderfully done.

It seems this series just gets better and better with every issue in not only story but art as well. Who knows what surprises lie in wait for us as this book carries on.

7.5 out of 10

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