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Review – The Marked #2 (Image Comics)

The Marked #2(Image Comics)variant cover art(detail) byBrian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke
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The Marked #2

Authors: David Hine and Brian Haberlin
Artist: Brian Haberlin
Colorist: Geirrod Van Dyke
Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: November 20th, 2019
Maturity Rating: M

The Marked #2 is a poignant issue, showing us all of the reasons why The Marked have worked so hard to keep magic out of the wrong hands.

 

Magic and Betrayal Twine Together in The Marked #2

 

They say that power corrupts. ‘They’ are usually referring to political and monetary power, but The Marked has proven that magic can corrupt just as easily. Liza is a woman unafraid to experiment in her magic, as evidenced by The Marked #2.

The last issue introduced us to a world that contains magic – albeit it is all run by an organization that does it’s best to keep it a secret. Now we get to dive into the depths and see how far one outcast is willing to go to get what she wants.

Magic is a powerful force, one to be reckoned with. But there’s a reason that The Marked exists as a secret society, and why they’ve done so much to keep it out of the hands of the government. And that means we’re on a collision course for something violent.

Writing

The Marked #2(Image Comics) cover art byBrian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke
The Marked #2(Image Comics) cover art byBrian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke

The Marked #2 is all the proof we ever needed that magic should never fall into the wrong hands. In this case, that means Liza, a woman so obsessed with her magic that she’s willing to go to dangerous lengths.

David Hine and Brian Haberlin have done an excellent job of laying out all of the reasons why Shadowgate should never have gotten their hands on magic. And how horrible it is that Liza turned to them so easily.

This was a dark and disturbing issue, for a variety of reasons. Magic has so much potential, but so far the world that these two have written seems more inclined to use the darker side of it all. At the very least it paints a very dark picture. And explains the whole reason why The Marked exists in the first place.

Normally I try to avoid details, but I would like to mention that animal lovers should prepare themselves for one of the pages in this issue. Nothing graphic is shown, but what is implied is bad enough. Trust me.

Art

The Marked #2 is full of some absolutely stellar artwork. First, there are the character designs. There’s something so striking and elegant about all of the magical tattoos we’ve seen so far, and this issue is no exception. And then there’s the magic itself. I adore the way they’ve decided to portray magic in this series. There’s something so ephemeral about it.

Brian Haberlin may have been one of the authors for this issue, but they were also the lead artist. That means that they’re the ones responsible for the tattoo designs I was just gushing about, along with so much more.

Geirrod Van Dyke provided the coloring for this issue, which was tastefully full of darker tones, giving the magic a chance to shine (literally). And last, but certainly not least, Francis Takenaga provided the lettering for this issue. And they did an exceptional job.

Conclusion

The Marked #2 was a dark and deeply concerning issue, for a variety of reasons. Readers will now have a full understanding of how dangerous magic can be. And why it should never be allowed to get into the wrong hands.

I’m looking forward to the next issue of this series. All signs point towards repercussions for what was done in this issue. And that will be satisfying to see.

 

 


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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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