Comic Review: The Whispering Dark #1 (Dark Horse)

Dark Horse brings us The Whispering Dark #1, and I whispered to myself as I read it: Jeepers, I hope this one gets going with the real drama. Here’s ‘the […]

Dark Horse brings us The Whispering Dark #1, and I whispered to myself as I read it: Jeepers, I hope this one gets going with the real drama.

Here’s ‘the skinny’ as they used to say in the days before I was born: This is a mini-series written by Christofer Emgard and illustrated by Tomas Aira. It’s about the Church, Jesus, God, prayer, murder, and forgiveness. All wrapped up in the story of Hannah Vance, a young woman shot down while serving overseas in a war-torn land. Shot right out of the sky and stranded in a mountainous region in the dark. Miles from friendly military, and all that. With a pile of fellow soldiers.

Page by page, panel by panel, we trudge through this tale, as it slowly unfolds. We won’t wake up pills, we want excitement, we want drama. But with each footstep, we realize that we are in this for the long run, and God help us, there is no alternative but to be patient. It’s taking the high road, but sometimes instead we want to go on the road least traveled and have a laugh or a cry.

It’s somber, it’s trudgy. The art is fine, but not exuberant. I’m looking for a miracle.

Dark Horse, The Whispering Dark #1, $3.99 for 28 pages of story. Rating not indicated

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!