Themes: Hi-Lo, Good vs. evil, comic format, graphic novel. The Dark Man follows a girl and watches her freeze time and steal from people. She helps the Old Man against the Shadow Masters. "They cannot control me," she says. The Dark Man series is designed for middle school and young adult struggling readers who may have never successfully managed to read a book. Each book is short, but mature, with only 36 pages and word counts ranging from 230–380. The graphics are dark, adult in style, with clear references to gaming, film, and graphic novels. The layouts change to maintain interest and avoid predictability. The white space is used to dramatic effect. The text is short and simple. Stories are gritty, full of tension and mystery. The language is terse. The Dark Man is a serious comic hero with his own mythology. Each book is a self-contained story, but each story is a part of a greater whole.
Quite a simple read, really for remedial english teaching, and properly geared to teens than adults.This one has the Dark man meet a girl who can freeze time with magic, he wants to ensure that she isn't corrupted by the shadows and tries to make her go to the old man.