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Review: The Darkness #8

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On December - 4 - 2008

We’re still following Jackie Estacado on the road to his return, and in The Darkness #8, he’s finally made it back to the United States. During a stay in New Orleans, however, he runs into some unexpected troubles. Would you expect anything less? Hit the jump for the full review.

The Darkness #8
Writer: Phil Hester

Artist: Jorge Lucas
Cover Artists: Jorge Lucas, Stjepan Sejic

It’s been a long, hard road out of hell for Jackie Estacado, and just because he’s back in the U.S., it doesn’t mean he’s home free yet. While holing up in New Orleans, Jackie has once again become involved in some criminal activities. While smuggling weapons, he gets a little overconfident, knowing that no common thug or gangster is a match for him. However, what he doesn’t know is that he has a new foe in Aphrodite IV, who has been trailing him and waiting for the right moment to attack.

The Darkness #8 kicks off a new storyline for Jackie Estacado, and another obstacle along the road that leads to his eventual return to New York and Sara Pezzini. For the most part, the art in this issue is noticeably dark, and perfectly reflects the depressing mess Jackie’s life has become this year. In fact, during the only bright pages in the entire issue, Jackie wonders if he’s actually dead. It’s a nice touch by artist Jorge Lucas, and hasn’t gone unnoticed.

This issue might be a little harder for newer fans of the Top Cow Universe to get into this issue. I honestly had to do a little bit of research to find out more about Aphrodite, and the impact of the ending might be lost on those unfamiliar with The Darkness. Fresh storylines are usually a good jumping-on point for new readers, but this one might be a little tougher. That certainly doesn’t mean it should be ignored by anyone, though.

The Darkness has been doing well in the hands of Phil Hester, and he really knows how to write Jackie Estacado. Jackie’s a complex character, and has been through hell this year (not to mention what he’s dealt with in his entire lifetime), and that’s not always an easy thing to write. Hester has proven that he is up to the task, though. I hope we don’t have long to wait to find out where this story goes.

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