Writer: Greg Weisman
Art: Drew Moss and Martina Pignedoli (colorist)
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Release Date: September 20th, 2023
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Continuing from the previous issue, Gargoyles: Dark Ages #3 opens with Goliath and his fellow gargoyles rescuing the gargoyle who would one day be called Demona from the humans who captured her at the end of last issue, namely King Cullen and his men. It’s interesting that the first 4 pages of this issue have not a single line of dialogue other than one magic spell uttered by the Archmage. This issue also introduces us to how Demona’s tutelage under the Archmage began. The dialogue is well-written, and is fitting for the characters so that readers can practically hear the voices of Keith David, Ed Asner, Marina Sirtis and David Warner among others. The layout of some of the panels on certain pages can be confusing though.
The art in Gargoyles: Dark Ages #3 tells more of the story than the dialogue, especially since the first three pages have no dialogue. The scene when Goliath and Hudson free Demona from captivity is very well done, showcasing the epicness of the moment and the might of Goliath and Hudson as they tower over their human opponents. The lightning strikes from the Archmage’s magic show his power and the madness starting to consume him in his quest for power, as we see lightning emanating from his eyes. We also get a glimpse of some of the rituals of the gargoyles, such as the wind ceremony. The page depicting most of the gargoyles flying off into the night sky shows how their clan is unified. Moss also does a good job of showing the pouring raining falling down upon the gargoyles. The final page foreshadows what horrors await both humans and gargoyles.
Gargoyles: Dark Ages #3 shows the story is getting more intense in terms of action, and it also shows fans how Demona first became a student of the Archmage. This issue shows how the gargoyle clan is loyal to each other and how despite the disloyalty of some of the humans, that other humans still remain loyal to the gargoyles. What creature might they have to face next? And will it divide them or unite them?