MarvelBlog REVIEW: Dark Ages #2
There is something spectacularly original and unique about Marvel’s recent plunge into a new world, and we review its second issue in our MarvelBlog Review for Dark Ages #2
Marvel’s Dark Ages storyline asks an incredible question about the world in which our favorite Marvel heroes inhabit; what if they truly lived in a dystopia that limited their effectiveness because there was no electricity?
What if they truly lived in the Dark ages?
Both literally and metaphorically, Marvel’s Dark Ages presents these heroes’ attempts to thrive in a world with no electricity, and a shattered societal structure that is barely holding on.
The issue starts with several Marvel heroes attempting to reengage the world with peace; as a planet at war is the obvious counterbalance of the complete alteration of the human experience.
There are brilliant panels by writer Tom Taylor and artist Iban Coello in which they depict heroes like Ms. Marvel, and Captain America pleading with soldiers and rioting civilians to make way for a peaceful transition into these uncertain dark ages.
Eventually, the Marvel universe does settle into some semblance of normalcy, with some of the universe’s smartest minds banding together to begin to construct society anew, and with some of Marvel’s supernatural heroes taking on a brand new defense of these attempts to rebuild.
It is perhaps the coolest thing that Taylor and Coello establish in this incredibly unique series; a world in which every hero must inherit a role to pave the way for the world moving forward.
Blade and Wolverine help to defend the new world from the evergrowing supernatural entities seeking its destruction, while Doctor Doom, Black Panther, and others put their incredible intellect together to solve problems.
Yet, these are the Dark Ages after all, and times pleasant are seemingly always times not lasting.
With Tony Stark receiving a visit from Captain America- the latter coming from a mission that let him assess the situation in Europe- what was a friendly reunion quickly turned sour, as Cap would be uncovered as Mystique.
It turns out, Apocalypse, Mystique, and some other villains were planning to kidnap Stark in an effort to bring him to Europe where he could harness his incredible mind to awake the Unmaker; the entity that was responsible for the dark ages themselves.
In its second issue, Taylor and Coello establish a world in which Apocalypse lives up to his name and presents these heroes’ quest for peace with what is perhaps an unstoppable force intending to demolish it.
In this narrative, Taylor, and Coello’s incredibly expressive art style, Dark Ages #2 has woven a story that is incredibly original and has us on the edge of our seat