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Review: The Darkness #4

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On June - 25 - 2008

Yesterday, we gave you a sneak peek at The Darkness #4, which is due out in stores tomorrow. Thanks to our friends at Top Cow, I’ve had a chance to read the issue, so hit the jump for a full review.

The Darkness #4
Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Michael Broussard
Cover Artists: Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic, Kenneth Rocafor

For those who have not been keeping up with The Darkness, hitman Jackie Estacado has gotten himself into a little trouble recently. The Darkness that he controls has turned against him, and now he must face the consequences. The Darkness #4 throws the reader right into the action, while still being accessible to those who are new to the series. There may be some confusing moments if you’re not overly familiar with The Darkness, but it’s never enough to make you want to stop reading. That being said, fans of the series will not be disappointed by this issue.

What I really loved about this issue was the struggle between Jackie and the Darkness. As the wielder of this power, Jackie never thought twice about turning the Darkness loose on others, but now that it has turned on him, we see a more vulnerable, afraid side of the mob hitman. “Now that I’m on the receiving end, I’ve got to say… it’s pretty God damned horrible”, he tells the reader. Later in the story, Jackie faces other struggles and fights to stay alive, but the Darkness still plays an important role for him.

I am purposely trying to avoid going into too much detail about the actual story, as I definitely don’t want to ruin anything for the readers, but let’s just say there are some very surprising revelations, and I can’t wait to see how they play out.

Now that I’m getting more familiar with the Top Cow universe, the high standard they apply to the artwork in their comics no longer surprises me. Just like in Witchblade, The Darkness looks unique and beautifully detailed, particularly during Jackie’s struggles with his dark powers.

Like I said, the ending of The Darkness #4 left me completely intrigued. If you’ve been curious about this series, this issue might be a good place for you to jump on. As for regular fans, there’s no reason for you not to pick this issue up at your local comic shop today.

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