REVIEW: ‘The Marked,’ Issue #2

Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Marked #2 is published by Image Comics and written by David Hine and Brian Haberlin. Artwork is handled by Brian Haberlin. Geirrod Van Dyke handles the coloring, with Francis Takenaga for lettering. The Marked #2 focuses on the events of Liza’s life after being banished from ‘The Marked’.

Liza has been banished by Mavin for her actions that ended up costing Saskia her vision. Rather than being handled harshly, her mentor, Benis, showed some mercy upon her and let her off with a stern warning, but ultimately were able to keep her powers. Liza is then picked up by members of STARGATE after an acquaintance mentions about her powers. She dazzles them and is ultimately now turned into the leading mascot for the program.

The plot of The Marked #2 gets pretty hectic as things are fleshed out. We find out just exactly what Benis did to Liza. We also see Liza show off her true power in a way she probably wasn’t able to do while apart of ‘The Marked’ and now she’s tasked with a mission that will ultimately decide her fate. All this makes for a very intense sequence of events that transpire and leads to a very gripping cliff hanger that has you wanting more because you want to know how it’s going to compile into a bigger mess.

The pacing in this issue feels a bit faster than the first issue. A lot happens and you can’t do anything to slow it down. You just have to keep up with the pacing because a lot of holes are filled in and a lot more or made as well.

The theme in The Marked #2 is that of being careful who you trust. As we see with Liza, Benis may have shown mercy on her, but with Liza now able to have free reign of her powers with the assistance of the STARGATE team, Liza proves to be more of a liability than an asset. We have to wait and see, just how dangerous Liza is to The Marked or if she’s just set out for revenge.

The art-style chosen by Brian Haberline is starting to grow on me. It still has that weird 3D-ish style, but it seems to be a bit more refined in this issue than in Issue #1.

Van Dyke’s coloring still manages to amaze me how saturated and detailed everything is. The darks are deep and black and the parts where Liza shows off her magic are greatly detailed and whimsically colored.

The lettering by Francis Takenaga is still superb. The sound effects have weight and you can hear the sounds in your head. The number of words in the speech bubbles are perfectly done as to not be overly cluttered. Overall, the lettering is one of my favorite things about this comic after the coloring.

Overall, The Marked #2 is still continuing to become a great story-driven comic with some awesome characters and cool ways to utilize magic outside of its usual high fantasy stereotyping. The modern-day atmosphere keeps it fresh and makes me feel like I could one day walk outside and see someone using glyphs as I walk down the street and just simply be amazed. I would highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys magic, a solid storyline that can hook you in, science fiction, or a badass cast of women.

This The Marked #2 is available wherever comics are sold.

The Marked #2
5

TL;DR

Overall, The Marked #2 is still continuing to become a great story-driven comic with some awesome characters and cool ways to utilize magic outside of its usual high fantasy stereotyping.