Darkhold: Wasp #1

Writer: Jordie Bellaire Artist: Claire Roe Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 17, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 18
7.4Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

INTRODUCING THE IRREDEEMABLE WASP! Renowned colorist and writer Jordie Bellaire makes her Marvel writing debut with a story that will make you shrink in fear! Bidden to draw forth five archetypal heroes, the Scarlet Witch chose Janet Van Dyne as “the artist” — the hero whose ingenuity and strength of will could prove the lynchpin in the coming battle against Chthon. To enter Chthon’s dimension and face his darkness head-on, the Wasp read from the ill-fated Darkhold text…and it drove her insane. Now her entire life is subject to question. Janet is no stranger to mental illness; she spent years trying to redeem ex-husband Hank Pym des more

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 15, 2021

    Darkhold: Wasp is another great horror one-shot that ties deeply into the human experience. It's a reminder even the most outlandish, supernatural stories can be used to show human experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - C.V.R. The Bard Dec 7, 2021

    Out of all the installments of Darkhold so far, "King Maker"'s merit is one not as fantastical as the others, grounded in a base of reality that all reader's come face to face with given that relationships (romantic or otherwise) can have a "Darkhold" indeed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Nov 17, 2021

    Artist Claire Roe nails the faux-retro vibe of the story, which is obviously meant to be set in the vague past of the Marvel Universe when Jan and Hank were still an item. Her linework here contains lots of black space, invoking shadows and darkness befitting Jan's mental state. It contrasts nicely with Bellaire's colors, which are often bright and vibrant. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 14, 2021

    I had serious doubts of the Darkhold mini-event, being as it came around on top of of Dark Ages; how many alternative universes do you need to see in any given month? That said, the quality of the Darkhold books has been pretty good, the re-workings of the familiar have turned out better than expected. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 22, 2021

    It's a well-written story with an odd, stilted art style (that actually works in context) and a really sudden ending. It's among the best of the series so far, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 17, 2021

    If there was an issue #2 coming, this would be a potent set-up, but it falls short of satisfying as a one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 10
    hawkcomics Nov 17, 2021

    a tale of liberation

  • 8.5
    Psycamorean Jan 3, 2022

    This is one of the better Darkhold issues. It is about abuse and love, and all that gay shit. When you take into account that this is a series of one-shots about characters succumbing to their worst natures (more or less, the editor did a poor job with directing all the writers), this issue makes a ton of sense. This is an abuse victim's worst fantasy. Something that they hate themselves for thinking and taking pleasure in, regardless of how badly they've been hurt. Merlyn doesn't understand this, as he's either never been abused in a relationship (Good for him!) or he's just too braindead to realize he's been a victim of abuse (Good for him!). He thinks this issue is about a macro idea of patriarchy. And in some ways, it could be. Women ar more

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Mar 23, 2022

    This intense psychological study of a reciprocally-abusive relationship is *not* what I was expecting in a Darkhold book, so I was initially a little disappointed. The closer I looked, though, the more impressed I was by the subtle effort invested by the creators -- visually, verbally, and thematically. This is offbeat and grim, but in the best possible way.

  • 2.0
    daspidaboy Nov 17, 2021

    This issue was not that fun to read. Dialogue, bad art, and just wasn't interesting to read.

  • 1.5
    Merlyn Nov 17, 2021

    This is what I like to call "utter shit". It played into all of Hank's worst traits while adding the classic feminist male-hating. But of course it's all ok when it's being done against men. We've stopped "fridging" female characters (and rightly so) because it was a shitty thing but we don't apply the same standards to shitty stuff writers did to male characters. No, instead we double-down on them so that crazies like Jordie Bellaire who get jobs they don't deserve can complain how they're being "oppressed". Yeah, if getting to write comics when you're a shitty writer means you're oppressed, sure, that tracks.

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