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Gargoyles: The Dark Ages, often abbreviated to The Dark Ages or simply Dark Ages, was one of six proposed spin-offs, a prequel to Gargoyles taking place in Wyvern, Scotland in the years between 971 and 994. It was pitched to CBS, but not picked up.

Dark Ages would have been set at Castle Wyvern, beginning when it was built in 971, upon Kenneth II becoming King of Scotland. It would deal with the beginnings of the alliance between the Wyvern Clan (then under Hudson's leadership) and Prince Malcolm, with Hudson and Prince Malcolm in the lead roles, Goliath, Demona (at that point named "Angel", short for "Angel of the Night"), and the Coldtrio in supporting roles, and the Archmage (who is allied with Iago) as a villain (although presumably one whose true nature has not yet been revealed to the Prince). Hudson's mate would also be significant (considering her death also occurs in 971). The trio are only children at this point, and would most likely have had a minor, possibly comic-relief, role. The Illuminati would also have had a role, likely as antagonists.

The series would have, if it had been made and continued long enough, covered the story of the Wyvern Clan between the foundation of Castle Wyvern in 971 to its fall in 994, including an account of how Princess Elena and Prince Malcolm died. (Greg Weisman has mentioned having strong ideas for how those events took place, but has not revealed them as yet.)

Greg Weisman wrote a piece of prose fiction entitled Once Upon A Time There Were Three Brothers..., which serves as a sort of lead-in to the series and can be read here.

At the 2008 Gathering of the Gargoyles, Greg revealed that he has a Dark Ages story in mind for the next six part Gargoyles mini-series. This story would be told after the conclusion of the Bad Guys: Redemption story-arc, assuming the mini-series comics continue at that point.

In July 2023, Dynamite Entertainment will release the first issue of Dark Ages miniseries. It will be written by Greg Weisman and illustrated by Drew Moss.[1]

Issues[]

Dark Ages - Alliance[]

Title Issue # Release date Credits Covers
"The Reach" 1 July 12, 2023 Writer: Greg Weisman
In this brand new miniseries, Gargoyles creator GREG WEISMAN and artist DREW MOSS return to the long-lost era when humans and Gargoyles lived in harmony. But in a world ruled by superstition and the sword, monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Forces of evil from both outside and within are threatening to destroy this precarious peace— with consequences that will reverberate down through the centuries and into the present day! Featuring high-quality cardstock on every cover, this limited series debuts with a special 24-page main story — and every 40-page issue will include a new illustrated text story by Greg Weisman!
"The Draw" 2 August 2, 2023
THE ORIGIN OF THE GARGOYLES CONTINUES! In this second installment of the “Dark Ages” saga, Kenneth and Mentor’s human and Gargoyle alliance battle King Culen’s army (with some magical help from the ARCHMAGE). Mentor orders Goliath’s generation to stay back, as they aren’t yet seasoned warriors, but Angel and Hyppolyta disobey Mentor’s order and join the fighting — at great cost. Written by Gargoyles creator GREG WEISMAN and illustrated by star artist DREW MOSS, this 40-page issue also features an illustrated text story by Weisman! ALL COVERS CARDSTOCK
"The Oath" 3 September 6, 2023
LET SLEEPING GIANTS LIE! As Angel languishes in chains, Mentor comes to the rescue — but this escape attempt may cause more harm than good. Meanwhile, construction continues on Castle Wyvern, but the noise awakens something that was better left undisturbed!
Writer and Gargoyles creator GREG WEISMAN and artist DREW MOSS (Red Sonja) continue their epochal exploration of the Gargoyles’ origins in this third issue of Dark Ages, whose 40 pages include a new text story from Weisman and all cardstock covers featuring art by CLAYTON CRAIN, ALAN QUAH, MIRKA ANDOLFO, KENYA DANINO, ERICA HENDERSON, and more!
"The Promise" 4 November 1, 2023
It's a busy day at Castle Wyvern - Desdemona studies to become a Gargoyle Priestess and Goliath is given an important title, which makes Iago and Hyppolyta jealous. But things are about too get even busier when the younger Gargoyles' curiosity leads them into a dangerous cave, where an unhappy evil lurks!
The riveting tale of the Gargoyles' origin by writer and Gargoyles creator GREG WEISMAN and artist DREW MOSS continues in this 40-page issue, which includes a new text story from Weisman and all cardstock covers featuring art by CLAYTON CRAIN, ALAN QUAH, MIRKA ANDOLFO, KENYA DANINO, ERICA HENDERSON, and more!
The Dream 5 January 3rd, 2024
The four youngest Gargoyles find themselves at the mercy of a menacing dragon, and while Mentor and Goliath ready their warriors to do battle with the great beast, the Archmage tells Angel that his magicks have sensed a problem - and an opportunity...

Writer and Gargoyles creator GREG WEISMAN and artist DREW MOSS continue their epic origin tale in this 40-page issue, which includes a new text story from Weisman and all cardstock covers featuring art by CLAYTON CRAIN, ALAN QUAH, MIRKA ANDOLFO, KENYA DANINO, and ERICA HENDERSON!

Episode/Comic Guide[]


Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
  1. Awakening
  2. Awakening, Part Two
  3. Awakening, Part Three
  4. Awakening, Part Four
  5. Awakening, Part Five
  6. The Thrill of the Hunt
  7. Temptation
  8. Deadly Force
  9. Enter MacBeth
10. The Edge
11. Long Way to Morning
12. Her Brother's Keeper
13. Reawakening
  1. Leader of the Pack
  2. Metamorphosis
  3. Legion
  4. A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time
  5. The Mirror
  6. The Silver Falcon
  7. Eye of the Beholder
  8. Vows
  9. City of Stone, Part One
10. City of Stone, Part Two
11. City of Stone, Part Three
12. City of Stone, Part Four
13. High Noon

14. Outfoxed
15. The Price
16. Revelations
17. Double Jeopardy
18. Upgrade
19. Protection
20. The Cage
21. Avalon, Part One
22. Avalon, Part Two
23. Avalon, Part Three
24. Shadows of the Past
25. Heritage
26. Monsters

27. Golem
28. Sanctuary
29. M.I.A.
30. Grief
31. Kingdom
32. The Hound of Ulster
33. Walkabout
34. Mark of the Panther
35. Pendragon
36. Eye of the Storm
37. The New Olympians
38. The Green
39. Sentinel

40. Bushido
41. Cloud Fathers
42. Ill Met By Moonlight
43. Future Tense
44. The Gathering, Part One
45. The Gathering, Part Two
46. Vendettas
47. Turf
48. The Reckoning
49. Possession
50. Hunter's Moon, Part One
51. Hunter's Moon, Part Two
52. Hunter's Moon, Part Three

  1. The Journey
  2. Ransom
  3. Runaways
  4. Broadway Goes Hollywood
  5. A Bronx Tail
  6. The Dying Of The Light
  7. And Justice For All
  8. Genesis Undone
  9. Generations
10. ...For It May Come True
11. To Serve Mankind
12. Seeing Isn't Believing
13. Angels In The Night

SLG comics

Gargoyles #1. Clan Building Chapter One: Nightwatch
Gargoyles #2. Clan Building Chapter Two: The Journey
Gargoyles #3. Clan Building Chapter Three: Invitation Only
Gargoyles #4. Clan Building Chapter Four: Masque
Gargoyles #5. Clan Building Chapter Five: Bash
Gargoyles #6. Clan Building Chapter Six: Reunion
Gargoyles #7. Clan Building Chapter Seven: The Rock
Gargoyles #8. Clan Building Chapter Eight: Rock & Roll
Gargoyles #9. Clan Building Chapter Nine: Rock of Ages
Gargoyles #10. Clan Building Chapter Ten: The Gate
Gargoyles #11. Clan Building Chapter Eleven: Tyrants
Gargoyles #12. Clan Building Chapter Twelve: Phoenix

Bad Guys #1. Strangers
Bad Guys #2. The Lost
Bad Guys #3. Estranged
Bad Guys #4. Louse
Bad Guys #5. Strangled
Bad Guys #6. Losers

Dynamite Entertainment comics
Here In Manhattan Quest Dark Ages - Alliance
Volume One
Gargoyles (2022) #1. Chapter One: A Little Crazy
Gargoyles (2022) #2. Chapter Two: Idyll or Nightmare
Gargoyles (2023) #3. Chapter Three: Miracle Child
Gargoyles (2023) #4. Chapter Four: Tale Old As Time
Gargoyles (2023) #5. Chapter Five: Render Unto Caesar
Gargoyles (2023) #6. Chapter Six: Underwater
Volume Two
Gargoyles (2023) #7. Chapter Seven: Everywhere
Gargoyles (2023) #8. Chapter Eight: Mayday
Gargoyles (2023) #9. Chapter Nine: Your Witness
Gargoyles (2023) Special. Trick-Or-Treat
Gargoyles (2023) #10. Chapter Ten: New Rules
Gargoyles (2023) #11. Chapter Eleven: Young At Heart
Gargoyles (2023) #12. Chapter Twelve: Cold Comfort
Gargoyles (2024) #1. Chapter One: Questions
Gargoyles (2024) #2. Chapter Two: Quo Vadis Cum Hoc?
Dark Ages #1. Chapter One: The Reach
Dark Ages #2. Alliance Chapter Two: The Draw
Dark Ages #3. Chapter Three: The Oath
Dark Ages #4. Alliance Chapter Four: The Promise
Dark Ages #5. Chapter Five: The Dream
Dark Ages #6. Chapter Six: The Pledge

Production Notes[]

With the gargoyles in 10th century Scotland largely nameless, Greg Weisman planned to use names to designate characters for the writers, artists, animators, etc (such as he did with Othello, Desdemona, and Iago on Gargoyles and Second, Sacrifice, and True (along with many others) in the SLG comic). If that wasn't feasible, Greg planned on having Prince Malcolm name every gargoyle with a biblical or mythological name, so that the humans on the show (and the audience watching it) could use those names while the gargoyles continued to ignore them.

Notes & Refences[]

External link[]

Dynamite Entertainment

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