Dark Ages #1
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Iban Coello
Colors by Brian Reber
Letters by VC’s Joe Sabino
The Rundown: An old power awakens and reforms the universe in an unexpected manner.
Peter Parker narrates the events of this episode. The families of Peter and Luke Cage are spending time together, when his spidey-sense is activated. Warnings go out throughout the world of an impeding danger, while Peter and several other heroes gather to discuss the situation. After they receive vital information from an unexpected source, current and former members of The Avengers travel to the center of the Earth to take on a new enemy. Meanwhile, the citizens of Earth are endangered by a series of disasters. When The Avengers’ battle takes a deadly turn, Dr. Strange takes drastic action. However, a surprising turn of events results in a cataclysmic event with extreme range. Afterwards, Peter and his allies must determine a way to proceed.
The Story: Tom Taylor has created a dynamic and exciting first installment in this series. In it, he flips the Marvel universe on its head by taking away one of the most valuable pieces of existence and causes mass destruction on an incalculable scale. Choosing to have Peter narrate the series of events is perfect, as he provides an introspectiveness that really draws in the reader. Also, I really appreciate the way Taylor does not shy away from tough character decisions as the plot moves forward. The setup for future events is very interesting and full of promise. I am looking forward to the next chapter.
The Art: This visually appealing issue perfectly encapsulates the tone of the story. The drawings and bold color palate are breathtaking. And the focus on character expression and form is engrossing. The best part of this edition are the series of action scenes. The attention to detail is impressive. And the illustration is done in such a way to elicit a strong emotional response. I was fully transported with every turn of the page.