Epoch is back with a brand new title! How does his sci-fi epic Dark Rift stack up? Read on to find out!
Like with Clara Ravens3 Epilogue, Epoch uses his Dynamic Comic Viewer to provide a truly unique experience. Dark Rift Episode 1 definitely benefited from this new format. One of the bigger changes is the way the comics are read. Instead of each page being just a static image with the dialogue tacked on, the dialogue are separate from the images, changing out upon clicking next.
Another thing is that the pages aren’t static. They have a more dynamic feel to them. Characters would look down on one part and then another direction or make movements forwards, all on the same page. The inclusion of sound is also nice as it provides some ambiance to the scenes (no sex sounds though, sorry). DCV had a great start with Clara Ravens 3 Epilogue, but these improvements truly add more to the entire package. I definitely feel that this will be the future of reading 3DX comics and can’t to see others to use it.
Dark Rift has two girls featured here: Polly Talbish and Sierra. Polly had a very good look to her, a more down to Earth than glamorous style that we’ve come to know from 3DX artists. She had an innocence towards her, from her being overprotective of her father or the way she talked with her lizard creature while fucking it (more of that later). Sierra has a more futuristic look towards her with her android design and the more stylish hair.
Because this is Epoch, you already know the girls have huge boobs. Even Sierra has them popping out of her chest armor. Still, I do like the distinct differences between the two characters and hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of them in future installments.
Epoch did an absolutely amazing job here. His previous title was wonderful, but this one blew me away with the level of ambition made here. The amount of detail put into the graphics is just jaw-dropping. Characters had a high-level of details, from their skin to their armor. The setting felt vast and huge. The station didn’t feel small and cramped, but full with moving machinery and various humans, aliens, and robots working. And this is just for the background! With space, you did get the feel of a gigantic void reaching as far as the eye can see. There was definitely a lot going on and one of the strongest point in the title.
The lead of our title Kole Siggurddson arrives on Eylen to meet an old acquaintance Samuel Talbish, his former commanding officer in the UPA. Talbish, now an illegal arms dealer, has something Kole wants. Before Kole is able to get what he came for, the two speak about the missing spacecraft lost in the section of space known as the Dark Rift, a Bermuda Triangle where ships have mysteriously disappeared to. After getting his wares, Kole finds himself going somewhere far across the galaxy so he can end his life. Before he does that, he sees the wreckage from a ship and finds something he doesn’t expect.
Dark Rift 1 is extremely story-heavy. I would say that I spent more time reading this comic than any other previous title I’ve reviewed. So you’re not into story over action, then this probably won’t be your favorite title. That being said, I would say the story is enjoyable albeit confusing. You can see what Epoch is doing here in trying to make a Sci-Fi epic with some erotica mixed in and I really think it’s a good start to the tale. I really enjoyed the mysterious aspect of the characters as they have certain motivations or secrets, but you can only guess what they are at this point. I’m okay with the idea of leaving some questions unanswered as this is the first part and the future sequels should shed more lights on their backgrounds further. But color me intrigued by what Epoch has done.
I wouldn’t say Dark Rift is disappointing in this area, but it’s not the strongest part of the title. The title features two sex scenes: One with Polly and her 2 foot lizard creature Jester and another with Kole and an android designed to look like his wife Sierra. If you’re not into lizards or android sex, then this isn’t for you. But the sex scenes have a certain flare due to the uniqueness with the lizard and the android.
The Polly/Lizard scene, the longer of the two, starts off humorous with Jester just jacking his somehow really long dick while Polly panics as she could be kicked off the station. But she gets turned on the sight, even showing off her breasts and giving his cock a quick suck. Before she goes further, she goes into one of the hidden underground room so they can continue their fun without being in plain sight. I did enjoy the different uses of Jester as a sex partner for Polly. Considering how versatile he was compared to an average-sized human, there were some fun stuff like Polly grabbing onto Jester’s body to get him in deeper or Jester crawling on top of Polly to fuck her ass.
With Kole/Sierra, the android aspect was not in any way played up. So don’t worry about that. I did enjoy the simplicity on this one. Kole fucking this android designed to look like his wife. The blowjob scene was the best part of the sex scenes here as Sierra uses her tongue to lick all around Kole’s cock. Even with robotic hands, she caresses his cock with ease like they were human. It was just a pleasure to see how well-crafted it was.
There were also a few sex animations included, but there were nothing to write home about. They were rough around the edges with the characters having a stiff robotic movement towards them. While I didn’t like them, I did love the additional angles provided on certain scenes, giving you a better look at the sex.
Dark Rift: Resurrection is an interesting take on the 3DX title. Instead of solely relying/focusing on the sex, it’s essentially a backdrop to the more story-driven narrative. With that in mind, I did enjoy the storytelling presented here and feel that there’s a lot going on in this universe that warrants another installment. This is a well-done foundation for Epoch’s story and is definitely worth checking out. If you’re not into a story-heavy comic, then check out one of Epoch’s other titles fill that need. For everyone else, this is one experience you surely can’t miss.
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Dark Rift Episode 1: Resurrection,