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"Dark Ark: After the Flood #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics


Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Juan Doe
Lettered by Dave Sharpe
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 2nd, 2019


You know the story of Noah's Ark and the flood that lasted for forty days and forty nights. What happened after that? In the case of Dark Ark, what happened to the other ship carrying all of the world's monsters once it found land? That's where we pick up in After the Flood.

The human family assigned to care for these horrifying creatures has been through quite a lot. Khalee has picked up her father Shrae's necromancer abilities, but she had to kill him along the way. You have to wonder what else she'll do to maintain control and protect her family.

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This issue bounces between the past with Shrae and the present with Khalee. Writer Cullen Bunn does a great job mirroring these two time periods. Shrae's story goes back to his early days in service to the dark lord and leads to a direct connection to his family. It's amazing to see how the two tales link up, even years apart.

We knew Shrae was a powerful necromancer, but seeing is believing. He gives a display of his abilities in terrifying fashion. Artist Juan Doe depicts Shrae as a monster, often showing him from low camera angles to give him a more imposing appearance. In an instant, a city is engulfed in flames and no one is left standing. The sky lights up with reds, oranges, and yellows as Hell itself seems to come up to swallow the place up. It's freaky.

This contrasts with Khalee's story in the present, filled with cool blues of the evening. Shrae lived through all the carnage and bloodshed so his daughter wouldn't have to, yet she's going down that same path. I'm betting this tone changes as the series continues.

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Dark Ark always has a nice variety of monsters and this new series is no different. Doe brings back some old favorites like Kruul, the winged-lion and the mermaids, along with a ghoul. This one is little more than a walking skeleton. There's just enough flesh and hair on him to maintain a human appearance appearance, yet enough is taken away to make him a monster.

Letterer Dave Sharpe reinforces that feeling with creepy, wavy word balloons. You get the impression that this creature has a raspy voice, like it's reaching out from the grave to deliver a warning and a command to Shrae.

You'd think that a series about a boat would end once they reached land and got out. Fortunately, the story is not over, as there is still plenty to explore with these characters, the monsters, and this world. There was one big question left unanswered with Dark Ark and I'm glad to see it as a main focal point in After the Flood. This comic is going biblical with horror and I'm here for it.


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Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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