Dark Engine #5 Review

by Anna Rose Greenberg

Anna Greenberg


Dark Engine #5


Writer: Ryan Burton

Artist: John Bivens

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: March 4th, 2015

Rating: 10 out of 10


Synopsis: THIS IS HOW THE WORLD BEGINS. Sym is trapped at the bottom of the ocean, the Enemy is on the move, and there is evil at every turn. But there is light in the darkness—the Inkface Ranger rises.


Our ThoughtsI consider myself a pretty good judge of horrific tentacled monsters, and I have to say the horrific tentacled monster field has been somewhat lacking in quality lately. Dark Engine #5 aims to rectify that. A godlike monster from beneath the waves has left the world in shambles – gloriously illustrated shambles mind you, but shambles nonetheless.


Ryan Burton has created a rich mythology, a pantheon of horrid gods and vicious heroes. He captures the feel of a creation myth without falling back on clichés. John Bivens illustrates these myths on a grandiose scale using multi-page spreads with sweeping lines.


The present day sections are no less intricate. There’s a lot of attention to detail (for example elephant head teakettles), and a brighter color palette. 


My only complaint is that the lettering and panel layout (particularly in the modern sections) are distracting and sometimes hard to follow.



If you’re a fan of Lovecraft, mythology, or shark attacks, you’re going to love this book.

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