Biting Into Image Comics’ Dark Fang Issue #2

Guest Writer: Katherine Cooper Butland

Writer- Miles Gunter
Artist-Kelsey Shannon

This article was possible due to the gift of a review copy, QWERTY, and rolling natural 20s.

Dark Fang issue two is now available through Image Comics. The first issue was loads of fun, so of course I had to keep reading!

Cover of Dark Fang #2

Cover of Dark Fang #2 © Image Comics

Issue 2 begins abruptly with Valla re-visiting the castle where she used to be kept a slave—the same castle where she became a vampire in the first place, and the same castle she overthrew before delving to the depths of the ocean to slumber. She has questions that need answered. We’re finally treated to the comic’s namesake: it seems that one of Valla’s fangs has mysteriously started to turn black for reasons she doesn’t know, and the only viable solution is for her to ask the skulls of the three brides of her original vampiric creator. With a few drops of her blood, the skulls may speak.

The news they have for her isn’t hopeful. None of them appear to know what may be causing her tooth to blacken, but they do suggest to her that perhaps humans are changing, and that is what may be causing the change in colour.

Valla goes off in search of answers, but she isn’t sure where where to look. Hearing of an oil spill that ruined a community gives her pause, however, and suddenly she’s involved in something much bigger than her. She now has to navigate a different landscape: the corporate world of fossil fuels.

Amid the chaos, dark humor, and intriguing story of Dark Fang, there is an underlying message. This message is subtle, but it speaks of using power to do good things for the earth. It speaks of corruption, of the encroachment of human societies and the affect of corporate greed on the planet.

Dark Fang is intriguing, fun, and original, and it sees a lot of forward progression. The story is ever-changing, following the chaotic life of a vampire in a modern setting. Despite being an entity who lives outside of time, Valla now has a sense of urgency, and one that she doesn’t even have the full scope of yet.

Issues #1 and #2 of Dark Fang have proven to be fun and well-written—the comic is written in such a way so as to make the reader feel almost as though they are experiencing modern society for the first time, too. The end of this issue promises that more is to come in issue #3.

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