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Themes: Hi-Lo, Good vs. evil, comic format, graphic novel. The Old Man is playing a game. A Shadow Master plays a game, too. They are playing the same game. At the same time, the Dark Man looks for two children. How will the game influence the Dark Man? Can he rescue the children? 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.