Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Iban Coello
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
Release Date: 01/12/2022
Dark Ages #4
I feel as if each new issue of Dark Ages, takes us to another location within the Marvel Universe. We started on the streets before the “lights went out”. Eventually, we went mystical, then to the jungles. Now, we are setting sails on the wide-open blue. In Dark Ages #4 by Tom Taylor, we rejoin our heroes (and villains) as they make a treacherous journey across the ocean. With Storm’s winds guiding them and an amazing swashbuckler (aka Nightcrawler) onboard, what can go wrong? Let’s check it out!
The Toy Box:
There are so many characters in Dark Ages. It feels like my toy box from 1998 has exploded all over the ground, and I have yet to put them away. We have our normal heroes (the X-Men, various Avengers, and the Fantastic Four) and then we have our villains (i.e. Dr. Doom). What I am loving are the deep cuts and team-ups. Deep cuts? How about Fin Fang Foom (yes, the fun-loving dragon). As for the team-ups…Picture it: Ant-Man riding Fin Fang Foom defending a fallen Hellicarrier that is being pushed by Queen Ororo. Yes, that is awesome. And yes, that epic.
I often feel as if we often see our favorite superheroes dampened with their powers. In Dark Ages #4, we can see heroes like Storm perform feats that we know can happen but do not often take place. For example, seeing the Invisible Woman successfully fend off an attack from the pirate/Ghost Rider hybrid was the chef’s kiss on this issue. Overall, I feel as if Taylor is not afraid…He is not afraid to use the Marvel characters as he sees fit. There were gruesome deaths, stowaways, and again, amazing displays of power. As a Marvel fan, I was beyond content reading issue #4.
Dark Ages #4 by Tom Taylor went by too quickly. No seriously, it was too short. The entire issue was mainly focused out on the sea. There was not enough to chew on. Do I expect more from this issue? No; it was fine. It was a solid issue. I am sure this is building up to a phenomenal issue #5. If you have been following this series, you could potentially skip this issue and not miss out on too much. At the end of the day, I am hooked and committed to this series.
Check it out!