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Preview/Review: The Darkness #1-3 Raw Edition

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On September - 5 - 2008

Top Cow and TheQuarterbin are bringing you a little something different today: a preview and review of The Darkness #1-3 Raw Edition, a collection that gives you three issues for about the price of one and highlights the excellent penciling skills of Michael Broussard. Hit the jump to read more, as well as getting a look at some preview pages from the first issue.

The Darkness #1-3 Raw Edition
(W) Phil Hester     (A) Michael Broussard       (Cov) Michael Broussard

Now you can see The Darkness in a whole new light in this pristine, black-and-white presentation of artist Michael Broussard’s pencil work. No inking, no coloring. Broussard’s work is laid bare in this unique collection of the first three issues of this new volume.

Jackie Estacado, the current wielder of The Darkness power, joins forces with a brilliant scientist, who teaches the former Mob boss how to turn his curse into a blessing. Together, the duo overthrow a small South American country and turn its people into addicts of Nightfall, a synthetic drug made from The Darkness. But what Jackie doesn’t know is that the professor has a sinister, ulterior motive that will turn The Darkness powers against him, and he’ll be lucky if he gets out of this alive!

Even if you’ve read these issues before you’ll appreciate how Broussard, under Marc Silvestri’s guidance, has matured into a talented penciler in his own right.

Full Color      72 pages      $3.99       Ongoing Series

If you’ve been reading The Darkness, you already know that Phil Hester knows how to write a great story. If you’ve been keeping up with any of the Top Cow series, you must have noticed that their comics have one of the most unique visual looks in the industry today. So what happens when you strip down the first three issues of The Darkness, leaving only Phil Hester’s words and Michael Broussard’s pencils? Well, you get The Darkness #1-3 Raw Edition, as well as a look at how a comic like this comes to life.

You might be wondering why you should pick this up when it doesn’t even have any inking or color to it. Personally, I think it’s interesting to see how the artwork starts out before evolving into its finished product. You also get to see some other marks of a work in progress that don’t make in into the colored comic, like sketch lines, which show off the artist’s original vision. Also, I think it’s great that Top Cow is giving the winner of their 2006 Talent Search some time to shine.

If you’ve never read these three issues of The Darkness before, this would be an excellent time to jump on, especially since the Raw Edition gives you three issues for only 4 bucks. You still get to read up on Jackie Estacado and his Darkness-wielding adventures, but you get to see them in a different light. As for seasoned fans of the series, you know you want this just to get a different look at the comic you already love.

The Darkness #1-3 Raw Edition just hit comic shops yesterday. For those of you who haven’t been reading any Top Cow series, you’re missing out, and now is as good a time as any to get on board.

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