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The Hunger and the Dusk, Issue 6: The Past & the Present

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Creative Team

Written by: G. Willow Wilson; Art by: Chris Wildgoose; Colors: Msassyk; Letters by: Simon Bowland; Color Assistant: Diana Sousa; Variant Cover Art by: Cliff Chiang.

The Hunger and the Dusk by IDW Publishing

I have loved this story since page 2 of the first issue, however, the last issue left me feeling a bit sad, but still hopeful. The Hunger and the Dusk has been a story of overcoming generational hate for the betterment of the future. Humans and orcs have bonded and found the humanity in each other at a time when they need it more than ever. The Vangol are taking over, and the land is dying. While not all orcs are on the same page, we saw in the last issue, that not all is forgotten by Tara either. To truly move on from the past, things need to change moving forward, and hopefully not before it’s too late for both orc and humankind. 

Check out the issue 5 review.

The Hunger and the Dusk, Issue 6 Variant Cover by IDW Publishing.
The Hunger and the Dusk, Issue 6 Variant Cover. All images by IDW Publishing.

The Story for Issue 6

This issue was all about the past, present, and future for the orc, Tara. Flashbacks are shown of her as a hopeful child. As we see her childhood filled with education, play, and innocence, it makes her current state all the more tragic. We also see in more detail how she ended up being sent to marry a human in hopes of a peace treaty to protect both humans and orcs. While we see how tragic Tara’s life has been in recent years, we also see how strong she is as she continues her way back, nevertheless she realizes, “[t]he way back is not the same as the way home.”

The Hunger and the Dusk, Issue 6, Variant Cover by Cliff Chiang. All images by IDW Publishing.
The Hunger and the Dusk, Issue 6, Variant Cover by Cliff Chiang. All images by IDW Publishing.

The Art

There is nothing I can say about the art that I haven’t already mentioned in my last 5 reviews of this amazing story. The art is beautiful, detailed, gory when necessary, calming, and captures the emotions of the characters perfectly. Whether we’re focused on a human, an orc, the Vangol, or an animal, we can see the hatred, fear, or happiness they’re feeling. All the while the background compliments the characters while staying detailed and consistent with the deteriorating conditions of the land. 

The Hunger and the Dusk, Issue 6, Rating: 9.5/10

If you’ve gotten this far, and haven’t read The Hunger and the Dusk at all, you need to do so. This story has so many layers, and twists. Nevertheless, nothing feels done for shock value. The surprises all feel natural yet captivating. Tara is an orc with magical powers, living in a world of monsters (both the human kind and the non-human kind), and yet her character still feels grounded and relatable. I truly loved this issue. I did not realize how much I wanted more of Tara’s story. All in all, The Hunger and the Dusk is an amazing story about humanity, war, love, prejudices, and survival… and it continues to be at the top of my pull list.

Lauren is half of Hops GEEK News: a weekly podcast that discusses all things geek pop culture, while enjoying a craft beer of the week. They also interview many different people from the comic book world and beyond.

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