Mysterious New Comic Art for Sci-Fi 'The Darkest Hour' Discovered

April 4, 2011
Source: SlashFilm

The Darkest Hour

We have yet to see any photos, a trailer, or a poster for Summit's The Darkest Hour, a new sci-fi film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov. It's yet another alien invasion flick, this time set in Moscow with some very unique twists, or so I've heard. Our friends at SlashFilm took a photo of a new piece of comic art that just debuted at WonderCon. Summit tells us it's a "special collectible poster" from the upcoming art book for The Darkest Hour and shows the destruction of the Taj Mahal, with two soldiers from opposite sides of a centuries-long conflict fighting together against the unseen alien invaders.

This is the best shot we've got of the art that SlashFilm originally posted. Click on it look at a bigger version.

The Darkest Hour Comic Book Art

The poster was illustrated by Brian Hurtt and colored by Bill Crabtree, the art team behind Oni Press' hit comic book The Sixth Gun. The full art book is set to debut later this year, with stunning artistic interpretations of the film's vision of a world lost to an overwhelming and frightening alien force, featuring work from a diverse roster of comics' hottest creators. The Darkest Hour stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor and Max Minghella. The film is about five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. Summit recently updated the release date for The Darkest Hour to December 23rd, so we've got a long way to go, but I'm intrigued.

Now what's interesting here is the lightning on the poster (think maybe War of the Worlds?). If you visit the website listed on the poster, it contains some very interesting videos (below) of ball lightning, a rare but incredible phenomenon. How does all that, plus all the odd lightning strikes on the poster tie together? I guess we're going to have to wait until we ever see a trailer to find out. Any ideas?

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Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011


I personally don't like the comic art at all - but man I love that video - like Xerxexx said "Intriguing" I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses....

LMA on Apr 5, 2011


Gonna keep my eye on this one for sure.

Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011


That looks interesting.

AHox on Jul 22, 2011

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