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Review – The Marked #9 (Image Comics)

The Marked #9 (Image Comics) cover A (detail) by Brian Haberlin
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The Marked #9

Writer: Brian Haberlin
Artist: Brian Haberlin
Colorist: Geirrod Van Dyke
Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Maturity Rating: M
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: November 11th, 2020

A whole new war is brewing in The Marked #9, as new characters and complications pop up all over the place. 

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A War is Building in The Marked #9

A new war is brewing on the horizon in The Marked #9. In recent times there have been several dramatic changes and revelations all over. Now it seems that all of that was merely the framework for what is to come.

The Marked #9 (Image Comics) cover B by Brian Haberlin
The Marked #9 (Image Comics) cover B by Brian Haberlin

The series has been shifting so much, as of late. It’s been a fascinating run, in a world that can be just as dark as it is bright. Yet I know that the story itself isn’t done, as there are so many questions left unanswered, many of which were raised in this issue.

Writing

The Marked #9, like the rest of the series, was written by Brian Haberlin. There are a lot of things I could say about this issue, but one feature stood out the most for me: the sheer amount that was balanced within this single issue.

We have multiple creatures, narratives, worlds, and motives all floating around. There’s the continuation of the main plot itself, as well as the establishment of at least one more subplot (realistically, it’s going to be more than that).

One of the new subplots (which I will be intentionally vague about) is a complex being. It’s dark, twisted, and has more than its fair share of anger. Yet it also fits in thematically, showcasing the darker side of magic once again.

All of these elements weave together, creating a story that I personally can’t help but keep coming back to. It’s been a refreshing and fascinating series, one that I hope continues for a while yet. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there.

Art

Brian Haberlin, on top of being the writer for The Marked #9, is also the lead artist. His characters really do come to life through his work. More importantly, the details seem to pop out from the pages themselves—everything from the intricate tattoos to the vibrant magic.

The expressions felt larger than life in this issue—more so than in the previous eight. Perhaps that is to match the scale of what the main characters are dealing with. Either way, there’s no doubt how specific characters feel about any given situation.

Geirrod Van Dyke was in charge of the colors, and it’s here that many of the magical elements really do shine—sometimes literally. The colors add a sense of whimsy, as well as setting the scene and tone. It all appears effortless when I’m sure that it’s anything but.

Francis Takenaga was the artist responsible for the lettering, and it is pure perfection. It’s really the final touch required, not just in general, but specifically for this issue. Personally, I would love to know a bit more about the languages portrayed within.

Conclusion

The Marked #9 brings with it a heaping load of suspense, magic, and wonder. Though perhaps not quite in that order. It made for a fascinating read, one all the more intense for the new subplots introduced. On that note, with everything going on it’s going to be a difficult wait for the next issue. Yet there’s little doubt that it will be worth it.


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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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