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Dark Ark #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Juan Doe Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: September 20, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 16
8.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah's story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world-such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?
From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) com more

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Jessica Brake Aug 11, 2017

    Without giving too much away, Im very interested to see how Shrae and his family will fare against all the darkness in the world. Juan Does art is amazing and accurate, especially to someone like me whos always been interested in dark creatures, I actually found myself stressing out and weighing the consequences of commandeering Noahs Ark because its either starve or hope the water subsides before Shrae and his family become dinner. Dark Ark has found its way to the top of my most anticipated list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Sep 22, 2017

    This issue is the blossoming of a tremendous premise; there are layers upon layers of emotion in this story, with narratives latticing in intricate designs. Bunn, Doe, and Hill are a dream team, each contributing mightily to making this a fantastic book, taking what could have been a straight-up gruesome book and transforming it into an engaging work full of imagination. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 22, 2017

    Back when they started, I was a big fan of AfterShock. Unfortunately, at least for me, after a great start, the books tended to fall in to something of a holding pattern. As if once that initial pop, editors were happy to not push the envelope as much. I am glad to say that with Dark Ark, AfterShock is getting back to what they are possibly best known for; great twists on what readers think of as original stories. In the hands of Bunn and Doe, AfterShock may once again be riding the tide of success. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Wolf Aug 16, 2017

    If you're a fan of great artwork and great writing, make sure you pick up a copy of Dark Ark. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 23, 2017

    A deliriously delicious dark tale of untold truths. Putting this many creatures in such a confined space will have disastrous implications before forty days and forty nights come to a close. Recommended reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Steve Gustafson Aug 10, 2017

    AfterShock Comics is quickly becoming my favorite publisher with a long line of selections that fill a number of genres. Dark Ark is another smash and one that I heartily endorse. I can't wait to see how the story (and art) unfold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 25, 2017

    Interesting and compelling characters, a frightening premise, plenty of tension, and loads of creepy creatures comprise this comic book making it a fun read. It's Bunn's excellent grasp on storytelling that makes it a must read. Dark Ark from Aftershock Comics is shaping up to be not only the must read this fall but THE read of this fall. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Lacey Jackson Aug 15, 2017

    If you're a fan of the supernatural, you need to give this book a try. You can pick up Dark Ark for $3.99 starting September 20th. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 19, 2017

    I'm not sure how long into the forty days Dark Ark is set, however spending any amount of time cramped on a boat with a bunch of supernatural creatures is bound to be a tense experience. Somehow, with all these monsters, the human element shines through. The comic delivers a one-two punch with terrifying beasts and personal, relatable characters. It sets a very high bar right out of the gate. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Aug 22, 2017

    Dark Ark #1 is definitely the start of something twisted and engrossing. Phenomenal art mixed with a story which radiates anxiety and dread in the best ways possible. It would be foolish not to take the time to experience the Dark Ark. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 8, 2017

    A million-dollar concept executed to absolute perfection, Dark Ark manages to twist the established story of Noah in a thoroughly unexpected way. Filled with interesting wrinkles, colourful characters and a surprising amount of heart and humanity, this is a series that you really need to add to your pull list as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Sep 20, 2017

    Dark Age issue 1 is a strong first issue from Bunn and Doe and sets the stage for what seems to be a pretty crazy ride for the reader. Bunn smartly chose to start a few different plot threads to keep the reader wanting more. At first, this issue was not even on my radar, but now, I can’t wait to see what comes next. That is the mark of a great first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Geektomeradio Aug 18, 2017

    Written by the always exceptional Cullen Bunn and smoothly drawn by Juan Doe, Dark Ark presents us with the idea that Noah may not have been the only one to build an ark to ride out the 40 days and 40 nights deluge of the Earth. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 14, 2017

    This is a great first issue for a story that has an exciting and very enticing premise. This is a clever and compelling story that fans of myth and monster won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Gregory Smith Aug 11, 2017

    Like many titles written by Cullen Bunn, this first issue leaves open many possible story directions. There are signs of familial drama and a foreshadowing of survival horror. Questions of redemption and sacrifice permeate the dialog. Most historic flood myths occur when a deity sends a flood to punish the population, and survivors earn a new understanding of the nature of the world. In this flood, there is no guarantee of survival. Dark Ark issue one concerns the journey in a claustrophobic and dangerous universe that has been condensed to fit within the hull of a ship. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 20, 2017

    Dark Ark clicked for me in a very surprising way and has me really curious to see where Bunn and Doe are going to go with it. It's open to a lot of potential, especially if we get to see more of the other ark and how it's all going to factor together. Doe really gets to go big with the visual design here as the creatures are intriguing, the layouts are fantastic, and the distinctiveness in the colors – especially in contrast to the very earthy color work on Shrae and his family – really sets a fantastic tone. This is a book that I'm eager to see more of with where it wants to go and to just soak up for Doe's visual design alone as it's very strong. Definitely worth checking out! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 27, 2017

    Bunn set up the premise, introduced characters, and a few potential points of conflict to play off of in future issues, but nothing that I drew a strong attachment to. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 20, 2017

    Dark Ark #1 is a solid debut. As I said, it mines material and gives it a new spin I wasn't expecting and really enjoyed. I want to see where it all goes as Bunn sets up the conflict really well and it feels like a powder keg getting ready to explode. A great example of how the setting can make a story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay Sep 22, 2017

    The multifaceted characters are the final awesome nail in the coffin. Shrae and company may be ferrying evil to unknown shores, but they are as conflicted about what they're doing as the reader is. And the animals can talk. They have agency. They can (and do) mess with the family. They mess with each other. The flood is the least of the passengers' worries. Nature is a killer, on and off the ark. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Sep 21, 2017

    A good first issue but one which could have been a whole lot stronger and a whole lot creepier. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Sep 25, 2017

    Overall, Dark Ark has a decent premise and a modest start. It's not without its faults, but there's enough goodwill, effort, and interesting content for readers to continue with the series. Read Full Review

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