Darkhold: Alpha #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Cian Tormey Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 29, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 21
7.2Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

Critically acclaimed writer Steve Orlando joins forces with extraordinary artist Cian Tormey for a story that will delight and terrify! For hundreds of years, scholars and heroes alike have searched for the complete text of the Darkhold - a.k.a. the Book of the Damned, written by the elder god Chthon. Now one of the greatest sorcerers in the Multiverse has found it - and Chthon has found him. To save them all, the Scarlet Witch must gather the world's greatest heroes...and unleash their inner darkness. Witness the Marvel Universe's descent into chaos!


  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Sep 28, 2021

    The Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom are coming face to face with one of the oldest gods in the Marvel firmament, and it looks like if they dont act fast enough therell be hell to pay. Orlandos got a decent handle on the characters voices, and Tormey is really strutting his stuff here. There are a few issues with how Wandas handled, but nothing that detracted from my enjoyment I have high hopes for this event thats been pushed back nearly a year and a half, thanks to Covid. I hope once this is over well see this team on something high profile. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Sep 30, 2021

    This issue sets up an interesting conflict and the art is great, especially with the designs of the Defiled. Smaller event series are clearly the way to go for Marvel right now and Steve Orlando has crafted a fun one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Sep 27, 2021

    Darkhold Alpha #1 delivers a strong opening to its narrative, so long as you are either familiar with the legacy story it leans heavily on, or can handle feeling a bit left in the dark where certain narrative details are concerned. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 29, 2021

    Darkhold Alpha is an interesting start. There's a lot thrown in and it does an excellent job of explaining things. As far as beginnings, it does what it needs to setting things up and keeping the overall story a bit of a guess. While this so far isn't a miniseries that's a must read, it does have enough interesting aspects to check out and see where it all goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Oct 5, 2021

    Not the best thing you'll read this month, but certainly not the worst. You've seen it all before, creatively speaking, but entertaining enough, and any time Doom gets his butt kicked it's well worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Oct 4, 2021

    Although the artwork is good, as are the colors, the script of this debut is too focused on being an introduction and not enough on actually standing out in a way that is not out-of-character for participants who would attempt to do so. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Colin Moon Sep 27, 2021

    Doing the heavy lifting to establish the narrative, The Darkhold Alpha #1 doesn't have a lot of action or intrigue; it only supplies the coming books their grounding. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Oct 1, 2021

    Based on Darkhold: Alpha #1, it's really hard to gauge if this event will be good or not and that's because this issue is so full of ups and downs. There's nothing here that really sets it apart, unless you're a big fan of elements of Lovecraftian horror. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 29, 2021

    Perhaps there's opportunity in the various, forthcoming one-shots to play upon this potent premise, but The Darkhold: Alpha is simply another example of something we've all read before. Read Full Review

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