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The Darkness #22

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2005
By: John Hays



Writer: David Wohl
Artists: Martin Montiel (p), Jay Leisten (i)

Publisher: Image Comics/Top Cow

Since I am not a regular Darkness reader, I can only guess at continuity, so my synopsis and review are shooting from the hip. Jackie Estacado is having a bad day. He gets a call from an old friend, but when he arrives he finds another ďold friendĒ has left a particularly nasty greeting for him.

While this story wasnít particularly new reader friendly, I was able to get the basic gist of whatís currently going on. However Iím a bit lost on who the good guys are in all of this. Jackieís got dark demons that kill people, while Patience/Magdalena/Angelus (Iím lost in all those names) is supposedly on the side of good, but I wouldnít exactly place my money on that being the case either.

So who am I rooting for in this? I would assume longtime Darkness fans are rooting for Jackie, but based on this issue alone, he hasnít exactly won me over. It feels a bit like the 90ís Image idea of the anti-hero, such as Spawn. The reader is supposed to like the dark, brooding, killer hero. Iím not a fan, but perhaps thatís just me.

The art was very good in this issue, however. Angelus looks appropriately scary, and Butcher has the same jovial confidant appearance of Marvelís Asgardian, Volstagg. Iím sure diehard Darkness fans would love to get a poster of the splash page where Jackie unleashes the Darkness on the two would-be assassins.

Overall, it wasnít a very impressive issue, but it is only part one of three, so I guess it would be better to judge the entire storyline as one piece. However, if you play by the rule that any single issue should be enough on its own to lure someone into the series youíre writing, Iíd say this one didnít succeed.



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