The Whispering Dark #1

Writer: Christofer Emgard Artist: Tomas Aira Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 24, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
6.9Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

An Army pilot confronts a supernatural horror in this thriller in the tradition of Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness and Coppola's Apocalypse Now!

Hannah Vance believed her faith in God could survive anything. But when her helicopter is shot down behind enemy lines, she will fight and kill on an ever more savage battlefield, desperate for a way home. On the horizon, an evil waits for her-and freedom, of a sort.

o Emgård was a writer on Battlefield 1 and Star Wars Battlefront II!

o Aira was an artist on War Stories and Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath!

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Oct 23, 2018

    This is a great first issue, a dark, tense and claustrophobic story about a team facing insurmountable odds that threaten their sanity… and maybe even their very souls. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Oct 26, 2018

    A callback to classic horror, "The Whispering Dark" relies more on real world horrors and inner turmoil than things that go bump in the night to evoke a true feeling of terror. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - D. Ivester Oct 23, 2018

    I think many will also enjoy the art here from Aria. It never feels like any shortcuts are really taken which can be understandable when you're doing all of the art on your own. I love how expressive the characters are and a good majority of the issue has some great backgrounds drawn in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 23, 2018

    A good horror for anyone interested in a bit of religion in their scares. It's also an interesting character piece focusing on the trials of war, and all its horrors that change a person. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outright Geekery - Christa Harader Oct 23, 2018

    A workhorse issue that sets up a concept with well-conceived pieces that don't quite add up to a unique or very compelling whole. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 10, 2018

    If I was honest, I would say that war comics don't really float my boat, especially as the aforementioned tropes in play seem too familiar. That said, Emgard has created a character in Hannah that you want to see survive and rise above the impacts and horrors that she will undoubtedly see and take part in. Coupled with Aira's storytelling ability, you have book that may well be greater than the sum of its oft used parts. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Oct 27, 2018

    Overall, this is a solid issue, which matches its theme to the story, and proves compelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Oct 24, 2018

    There's a lot of suspense and a lot of promise of interesting things to come. It just would have been nice if the comic didn't hold its cards so close to its chest. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Sequential Planet - Matthew Dillon Oct 26, 2018

    The Whispering Dark is largely forgettable and fails to establish a compelling premise. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Dan Maltbie Oct 24, 2018

    As of the end of this issue, I still have no idea what the plot is. Drugged up Rangers having flashbacks of church isn't a plot. The art is excellent, and the colors and letters are what you would expect, the story, however, isn't yet visible. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 24, 2018

    The result is an issue that drags on and deflates every point it is trying to make along the way. Read Full Review

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