Dark Ark #1 Review: Vampires, Dragons, And Harpies, Oh My!

Dark Ark #1 by Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe from Aftershock Comics decides to tell the biblical tale that the Holy Scriptures left out: if Noah built an Ark for all the natural creatures of Earth, what happened to the unnatural creatures?

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Dark Ark #1 cover by Juan Doe

An interesting premise as we see a dark version of Noah, the sorcerer Shrae, has created his own Ark filled with the creatures of the night, of monsters and myths. Which, naturally, suddenly becomes the most dangerous place on the flooded Earth.

As if it wasn't bad enough being stuck on a boat filled with vampires and manticores, there's also dwindling food supplies to contend with and on-board diplomacy on a knife's edge.

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Art by Juan Doe

Bunn throws together these disparate personalities and sets up the danger of a mutinous boatload of passengers, but also interpersonal turbulence as Shrae and his family prepare for the dangers and their tumultuous-at-best relationship with the monstrous inhabitants — and each other.

Doe's artwork is colourful and has a graphic design sensibility that is both striking and bright, even when handling dark subject matter. It's like being told a story through album artwork, and looks incredible.

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Art by Juan Doe

Dark Ark #1 comes out next month, on September 20th. It's an interesting start, and well worth picking up.

DARK ARK #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 9.20.17


The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah's story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world—such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law? 

 From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men BlueDeadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics. 

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