Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Iban Coello
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
Release Date: 10/6/2021
Dark Ages #2
The overall premise of Marvel’s Dark Ages by Tom Taylor is simple: an ancient big bad is awakened and Earth is thrown into a “Dark Age” (meaning no electricity). Again, simple. The simplicity in this comic is where Dark Ages #2 continues to shine through the darkness. Let’s take a look!
One thing that particularly stuck out to me was the subtle/not-so-subtle message of global warming and climate control. It is explicitly mentioned on one of the pages that one of the pros of the “Dark Age” is Earth healing itself. Gone is the cruelty that man has waged on the Earth. I find it ironic because superheroes cause an ENORMOUS amount of damage per battle.
In Marvel’s Dark Ages #2, the Earth being on the brink of destruction brings everyone together. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. Very rarely, do we see the likes of Dr. Doom and Black Panther working in tandem with Jean Grey (the GOAT) who is linking numerous other super minds.
In a Marvel utopia, every super being has some type of role. The telepaths (to include the X-Men) keep everyone connected. The Spider-People creates webs around each city as an alarm of sorts that immediately causes a strike team to kill whatever beastie is trying to harm individuals.
Marvel’s Dark Ages #2 by Tom Taylor is a ray of light. It is different. We have experimented with various realities etc over the years, but this one is a little bit different. A-Listers from both sides of good and evil are all brought together to survive. I especially loved Wakanda being the new capital of the world and telepaths such as Jean and Prof X. mentally linking everyone together. Lastly, Apocalypse…Let’s just say I enjoy this version of him way more than the Krakoa era. He is in true form as the “survival of the fittest” maniac that we are used to. My only note to this point, is what about Forge (you’ll understand the reference once you read)? I 100% recommend everyone to read this comic. You will not be disappointed.