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Review – The Marked #10 (Image Comics)

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  • Art - 9/10
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  • Overall - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

The Marked #10

Writer: Brian Haberlin
Artist: Brian Haberlin
Colorist: Geirrod Van Dyke
Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: December 23rd, 2020
Maturity Rating: M

The Marked #10 brings with it many changes, some good, some concerning, as this one group tries to keep the world of magic stable and safe.

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The Times Are Changing in The Marked #10

 

In just nine relatively short issues, everything in the world of The Marked has changed. Now, The Marked #10 is about to bring with it more changes than ever, as one group fights to keep everything safe and under control.

This is a world where magic exists – but it is kept secret. Imagine what would happen if the world got their hands on it. Though to be fair, keeping it a secret is easier said than done. Especially when some dangers and monsters keep cropping up all over highly populated areas.

That is merely the starting point for this issue, as The Marked begin to seek out whoever is using magic for these confusing (and possibly dark) purposes. Throw in the other complications they’ve been facing, and it’s more than enough to keep them busy.

Writing

The Marked #10 (Image Comics) (W) Brian Haberlin (A) Geirrod Van Dyke (A/CA) Brian Haberlin
The Marked #10 (Image Comics) (W) Brian Haberlin (A) Geirrod Van Dyke (A/CA) Brian Haberlin

The Marked #10 is another thrilling and intense addition to this series. Written by Brian Haberlin, this is a series unafraid of risk. It’s even less afraid of change, as should be fairly evident by this point in time.

This world of magic still feels wondrous, even if it is clearly more dangerous than most people could still imagine. For every issue I feel like we learn something new, while still leaving so much that is yet to be explored.

That applies to the magic and characters as well. Not to mention all the creatures – a hint of which we saw in the previous issue. All of it is enough to leave readers (myself included) eager to see more.

This is an issue with ups and downs. Some of the changes feel like a net win for this group, while others… carry weight. It’s a weight that can’t be run from, and only time will tell what other changes it has set in motions.

*I don’t normally include warnings for comic reviews, but now seems like a good time to mention (spoiler warning), that this might be a bit of a tough issue for cat lovers. There’s a subplot that heavily implies some…dark things. Though I want to say that it isn’t as bad as it looks, at least, not by the end. Promise.

Art

Unsurprisingly, the artwork inside The Marked #10 is every bit as bold and brilliant as the plot itself. Brian Haberlin is the lead artist (as well as being the writer), and worked alongside Geirrod Van Dyke (colors) and Francis Takenaga (letters) to create a feast for the eyes.

To say that a lot is going on in this issue would be an understatement. There are dozens of scene shifts, and with them, we see even more characters. Some of whom look drastically different by the time this issue concludes.

Combine that with the detailed artwork surrounding the tattoo designs, and suddenly this really does look like a labor of love. The amount of effort that must have gone into making this world feel alive is impressive, to say the least.

The bright colors help to really make the magic feel, well, magical. There’s something so otherworldly about it. Sometimes it gives off an ethereal vibe, while other times it feels decidedly sinister. And it’s the colors that help to convey those tones.

Conclusion

The Marked #10 is a tense read, from start to finish. Some of the changes brought about are positive, while others are concerning. All of them have left me eager to see what will happen in the next issue.

 

 

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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