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The Marked #6
Writers: David Hine & Brian Haberlin
Artist: Brian Haberlin
Colorist: Geirrod Van Dyke
Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Maturity Rating: M
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 1st, 2020
The Marked #6 is the start of a new plot arc, “Lovecraft in the Underworld”, and things are about to get dark. Well, darker.
How the Story Carries on in The Marked #6
The Marked #6 starts off a whole new plot arc in this series of magic and deception. Still reeling from the loss of their comrades, the surviving Marked begin a discussion—of the past. It is not the story you might expect to hear, either.
This is a world in which secret societies and magic exist together. After all, magic is too dangerous to be spoken about openly. With their tattoos (glyphs), these characters can do just about anything you imagine magic might be capable of.
The latest arc in this series is already proving that there is so much more to this world. We’ve already seen several hints of this fact, but now we know for certain. Even the history of the individual characters is full of intricate moments and details.
The Marked #6 is very appropriately titled “Lovecraft in the Underworld” and it is simultaneously everything and nothing like what that title may leave you inclined to expect. It’s thrilling and dark (as any tale involving Lovecraft is wont to be).
Written by David Hine and Brian Haberlin, this is an issue full of complex character backstory. It takes twists and turns that I could never have predicted, turning an iconic historical figure into something that fits this surprising tale.
The issue also gives a few moments to wrap up the previous plot arc, while setting up for more to come. It’s hard to predict how everything is going to go from here, especially when we’ve only been provided glimpses for how the deeper parts of magic work.
It’ll be interesting to see how the multiple threads of this plot continue, and where it will lead its readers. One thing I do know: it’s certain to get dark, as this issue has already proven (and then some!).
The artwork to be found within The Marked #6 is stunning. Elegant designs support haunting scenes, all of which come together to create something larger than life. It’s appropriate, actually, given that the magic itself is larger than life.
There are scenes within this issue that are out of this world (literally), showing the creative minds of the artists working behind the scenes. On that note, Brian Haberlin is also the mind that provided the lines, so you can see how the ideas and imagery mesh so neatly.
Geirrod Van Dyke is the artist responsible for the colors, which are everything that the artwork called for. They’re lush and vibrant, while not afraid to dive into darker hues when the scene calls for it. It’s just the right balance.
Finally, Francis Takenaga was responsible for the lettering, and it was perfection. We’re talking about a level of subtlety that perfectly supported the artwork and the narrative, all in one.
The Marked #6 proves that there’s so much more to this series than one plot arc, but good luck predicting what’s going to happen next. This latest arc is dark and foreboding while setting the scene for something more to come along in the future.
I personally enjoyed the twist on Lovecraft—both his literature and his portrayal. It’s clever and opened the door for something new, and I cannot wait to see more of it. Though I can see why maybe some fans would be less than thrilled, so I’m sure the discussions about this one will be interesting.
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