The Marked #1 review: Hello Magic Tattoo’s

Review by Ali Raphael

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Writers: Brian Haberlin and David Hine, Artist: Brian Haberlin, Colorist: Geirrod van Dyke, Letterer: Francis Takenaga

Thanks to Image Comics for providing a copy for review.

Marked #1 wasn’t what I thought it’d be about. For one, I didn’t think it would be about art but was pleasantly surprised by how much it pulled me in. As we start off the comic, we are taken to the future present before going back to see what happened leading up to this moment. . So, for the sake of this review, I’m going to start at the past and come back up to the present. You know, for making any sense at all. Anyway, our story begins with Saskia answering an art flyer. A flyer which states, “draw what you see on the flyer”, strange huh?

But, she doesn’t see what everyone else sees, Saskia sees a bird of flames (a Phoenix if you will). The next thing she and we know, is that she is taken into this art school for winning the flyer contest (not really a contest but a way to find new recruits). Of course this isn’t really an art school, but a place where people who are The Marked train with their art and avatars to fight evil. After arriving, her drawing, the Phoenix, is tweaked slightly then inscribed (tattooed) upon her back. Making her one of The Marked who will hone her skills to battle any evil. 

We learn that currently The Marked are not fighting evil, because there’s not much of it nowadays. Demons and all, that is. Anyway, as Saskia is getting inscribed she and us as readers learn a bit more of The Marked history.

During World War II Hitler would have won if only he did not focus on bringing the demons over to our world, but because of The Mmarked Omega Glyph, a closed circle. He lost the war on both fronts, and The Marked bearing the Glyph also died from its one time use. After becoming marked Saskia meets the others who are also marked and still learning their powers, they also help her by using their powers to update her look.

While training with The Marked on her new powers, Saskia is able to take her art to new heights but feels like she could do more. This of course leads to Liza (another Marked who is still learning about her powers), creating and inscribing an unapproved (a hybrid) mark onto Saskia. To say this does not go well is an understatement. After all hell breaks loose, we come full circle by coming back to the future present. Saskia has lost her eyes and Liza is to blame, being stripped of her marking (so we think) and therefore losing her power.

Liza is thrown out, but lands on her feet by being picked up by the Stargate (United States Government magic squad). While the art style of Marked and the plot are encouraging enough to come back for more issues, it’s obvious to see with the foreshadowing and the bad idea of doing an unapproved marking that The Marked will be easy to predict, but fun to follow along.

The Marked #1 is now available.

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