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Review – The Marked #8 (Image Comics)

The Marked #8 (Image Comics) cover A (detail) by Jay Anacleto
  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Art - 9/10
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  • Overall - 8.5/10
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The Marked #8

Writers: David Hine & Brian Haberlin
Artist: Brian Haberlin
Colorist: Geirrod Van Dyke
Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Maturity Rating: M
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 7th, 2020

The Marked #8 dives back into a world of magic and lore, as a new threat raises its head. The real question is, who, or what, is behind it all?

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When Monsters Roam the Streets in The Marked #8

The Marked #8 has had a dramatic shift in events, to say the least. Then again, this is a series about a secret society of magic users. So sudden series of events, threats to humanity, and other ethereal dilemmas were bound to come up.

The Marked #8 (Image Comics) cover B by Brian Haberlin
The Marked #8 (Image Comics) cover B by Brian Haberlin

This latest arc has been a mind-bender like no other. At least one real-life historical figure has made his way into the series. What is so delightful about his presence is that the series isn’t afraid to show his darker side—or take it to extreme levels.

In many ways, that fits with the story being told. In fact, it’s setting a particular scene. One that many of the characters involved have yet to figure out.

Writing

The Marked #8 is a fascinating issue. It’s one that captivated my attention right from the start, though perhaps not for the reasons one might expect. David Hine & Brian Haberlin did a delightful job of weaving in the magical and unknown in this issue, all while continuing to develop the characters involved. It was the perfect balance, especially as much of it actually set the scene at the same time. It was captivating in that sense, and yet, it felt like there was more substance to the world because of it.

This is an issue that answered many questions, then kept on going, raising more and more questions along the way. It’s the sort of question raising that leaves one eager to get their hands on the next issue.

At this point, there are several subplots all running at the same time. It’s hard to tell if everything is a direct cause for the current event, or just one or two of the current elements. Only time will tell, naturally.

Art

The artwork inside The Marked #8 is as striking and bold as the rest of the series. At this point, that’s hardly a surprise. This is a stunning series, that makes elegant use of tattoos to help portray the magic inherent in the world.

Brian Haberlin may be one of the authors, but he’s also the leading artist for this project. His art and vision combine here, and that lets the characters come to life in surprising ways. Their designs would be striking enough, even without the intricate tattoos that dominate our attention.

Geirrod Van Dyke is the colorist, and the colors are another reason that the artwork in this series shines. I personally love the level of colors used. There are times where everything feels muted – right up until magic is used, and suddenly there’s this burst of colors. It’s an allegory if ever I’ve seen one, but it is an effective one nonetheless.

Francis Takenaga provided the letters, and the attention to detail here is everything the series needed. It’s understated work, especially in this issue, yet the story wouldn’t be the same without it.

Conclusion

The Marked #8 is another intense and intriguing addition to this series. The second arc is well and truly winding up, and it feels safe to assume that it has the same deadly potential as the first. If not more so, considering who has become involved.

Regardless of the lethality, this arc is proving to be an engaging one. It’s the sort of plot that is easy to theorize about, pulling the readers into the world, in more ways than one.


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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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