A Dark Interlude #1

Writer: Ryan O'Sullivan Artist: Andrea Mutti Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: November 18, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
9.0Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

After the stunning success of Fearscape, comes A Dark Interlude, the story of-No! The only offence to literature greater than the loathsome synopsis is the sequel. I will not stand idle while some poor excuse for an editor mangles and confuses my story, which is intact, perfect, and concluded, with this derivative drivel. Mark my words, this nonsense has nothing to do with my tale. I am not in it. I do not condone it. And you, dear reader, should not buy it. -HH

  • 10
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Oct 23, 2020

    This is one of the best not quite-sequels to a book I've read. A Dark Interlude holds a societal antidote while making it go down easy. Pick it up at your store before they run out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 13, 2020

    As fun as Fearscape was, I think this book has the potential to deliver even more enjoyment as O'Sullivan walks the line between satire, savage introspection of the state of creative writing and endeavours and fantasy storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Nov 11, 2020

    This book came out of nowhere for me as I hadn't read the original Fearscape until A Dark Interlude landed in my inbox and now I feel like I missed out. I don't use the word incredible lightly but it seems the most appropriate right now. This book is incredible. It's dark, clever, funny and harrowing while all the time being completely engaging. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Oct 19, 2020

    A Dark Interlude seems to be charging forward into The Fearscape, with Henry Henry a bit sidelined relative to the series past. It all adds up to a confident and intriguing follow-up (not a sequel) to Vaults literary ego sendup comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 22, 2020

    A Dark Interlude is what a sequel should be: it's perfectly entertaining as a single issue but means so much more to you if you are familiar with the source material. Henry is not someone I would call a hero, but you feel bad for him after the revelations from Fearscape. What does the future hold for his shattered mind? Will the Hero of a Thousand Faces make the right choice? I cannot wait, dear reader, to delve once again into a world unlike our own, and neither should youa terrific initial offering to the next chapter of this fantastic story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 3, 2020

    Fearscape is one of the most unique and riveting comics to hit stands in recent memory, so it's no surprise that its follow up, A Dark Interlude, is continuing that trend. This book stretches the boundaries of storytelling in the comic book medium. More importantly, it conveys real emotion and outright hatred because Henry Henry is a vile human being. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Dec 3, 2020

    It's a pretty heady work, yes. The brilliance is how author, artist, colorist, and letterer come together and intricately play off each other in extremely carefully planned ways that unveil new layers of the story"some as nuanced as the numbers painted on an inmate's shirt, others about as subtle as a freight train. Yet, it somehow never seems to be too much. A Dark Interlude #1 demands a re-read not only because Easter egg hunts are fun, but because of its surprising ability to make you laugh at yourself, either as a comics fan, a writer, or a human. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Nov 18, 2020

    A return to the Fearscape as well as the return of familiar faces, plus the odd new one too. Sounds like a sequel to me, even if pretentious murderer and narrator Henry Henry would rather we don't refer to this follow-up as such. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Nov 18, 2020

    A fun start to the new series that brings back all the characters from Fearscape we love, while also being welcoming to new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 18, 2020

    A Dark Interlude is full of potential and intriguing material. I have no idea of the real intent since we have an unreliable narrator right from the start but that just adds to the mystery to me and has me keen to see if it can pull this off. At the same time, it's a strong book visually that delivers a great looking experience from a talented artist that digs into some neat corners for fears and design work. I'm not sure how to really feel about a book like this but wanting to come back for more is definitely the best thing I can say about it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Dec 6, 2020

    A Dark Interlude #1 seeks to create a kind-of-sequel to Fearscape, but does it work for the unfamiliar reader? Read Full Review

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