Dark Shadows #s 8 & 9 (mildly spoilerly)
I have been slow in posting on this series. Put it off a day and the next thing you know over a month has flown by!
DS #8 was the penultimate chapter of The Children arc--and I must confess that it took a plot twist that I was not expecting! There is a grimness to this series that is quite unlike most comic books. That is not a complaint, but praise! Quentin's casual style adds some levity, but make no mistake: Dark Shadows is a dark ride.
DS #9 provided the finale of the arc. It gives Barnabas one (and potentially two) new enemies, and gives Quentin a disturbing insight into just how far Barnabas will (and has) gone to protect his secret. The final confrontation with the main villain was a little too brief. I also am confused by the time element. In #8 we are told that Barnabas is going to the villain's cave in daylight to surprise him. When he goes into the cave, we see what appears to be the sun low over the ocean behind him. But this is set in Maine, so if the sun is low over the ocean, it must be just rising. In #9, however, we have at least one vampire clearly fleeing the cave in bat form--with no problem. What happened to the sun? Sudden cloud cover?
But that is a minor quibble. Maybe the villain babbled on about his plans even longer than it seemed and night fell again.
Issue 9 also propels us into the next storyline, the Willie & The Amulet plot that has been building over the last few issues. Of course, that also means that another new enemy of the Collins clan is on the way! And that is a good thing. I would not like this series nearly as much if it consisted of nothing but constant battles with Angelique and Trask.
This is truly a fine series. Well written with moody and appropriate art. Thank you, DE, for providing it!
"Age is not defined by years, but by regrets....I'm an old man now." --The Fighting Yank