"The Dark #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Alterna Comics
Written by Matt Harvey
Illustrated by Kelly Williams
2016, 15 Pages, $0.99
Comic released on October 31st, 2016
Patrick stumbles through the woods with his infant daughter and his mother searching for a healer. His baby is sick and needs help. The wind howls non-stop, but it does not push them off course. At long last, they find a cabin and seek shelter with a beautiful woman named Morrigan O'Brien. She is not what she seems. There is something far more dangerous lurking in these woods and this man is about to find it firsthand.
The payoff in The Dark comes when Morrigan reveals what she really is. It's hinted throughout the book and when you finally see it, it's a great reveal that artist Kelly Williams delivers on in spades. This is a monster of old, with sagging features and a decrepit face. There's a great panel where she's inches from Patrick's face. His features nothing but terror. Hers looks like a floating skull with wispy hair floating around it.
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There are some jumps made in the story where you'll have to fill in the gaps. We don't know much about Patrick or his background. Much is implied or thrown out there allowing you to paint a picture of who he is as a person. Does he deserve the horrors he's about to go through? At the end of the day, he's trying to save his infant daughter while his mother tags along.
These other characters seem irrelevant to the story. Outside of being the reason that Patrick is wandering through the woods, the baby serves no purpose. The mother serves even less, although she's a witness to the terror. The reader performs that role as well, so it's redundant. They could have been cut from the book without any real effect, leaving Patrick as a lecherous man wandering through the wilderness.
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The Dark left me with more questions than answers. Why is this creature terrorizing people in the woods? Where does she go once she's done? Where did she come from? At the end of the day, this story has its moments, but boils down to one really good scare and a few pages of filler that could have been better used establishing some relatability to the characters.