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The deluxe edition collects the first 8 issues of the Darkness. Featuring the artwork of Marc Silvestri.


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The deluxe edition collects the first 8 issues of the Darkness. Featuring the artwork of Marc Silvestri.

30 review for The Darkness: Deluxe Collected Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ "What's this DARKNESS you keep going on about?" "I'll try and put it in idiot's terms. Have you seen Star Wars?" "Well, yes." "The Darkness is the Force on crack." Many of you are probably already familiar with my tales of woe regarding the selection of graphic novels through my library systems (yes SYSTEMS plural – two different metro libraries and neither of them stock many pitcherbooks). Due to the slim to nil variety, I kind of gra Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ "What's this DARKNESS you keep going on about?" "I'll try and put it in idiot's terms. Have you seen Star Wars?" "Well, yes." "The Darkness is the Force on crack." Many of you are probably already familiar with my tales of woe regarding the selection of graphic novels through my library systems (yes SYSTEMS plural – two different metro libraries and neither of them stock many pitcherbooks). Due to the slim to nil variety, I kind of grab whatever is available without knowing anything about what I’m choosing. The Darkness was chosen simply because I’m familiar with the name Garth Ennis. I offered this up as a potential buddy read with my pal Jeff, but he is on an anti-Ennis kick after shitting his pants reading Crossed. You missed out, Sucka! This was your type of graphic novel – filled with . . . Now I’m not necessarily opposed to scantily clad women, or boobs in general, but all these chicks were there for was for . . . . Yeah, yeah, I hear you: “So what’s wrong with that?!?!?!?!” Nothing, except when the bad guy is really supposed to be a badass bitch I don’t want her getting all emo over her harem. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the MC. Jackie Estacado is supposed to be a real panty dropper. I mean, he takes of “problems” for his uncle . . . and is a huge ladies man who knocks boots with a different broad he picks up at “da club” every night. The problem for me was, I couldn’t get this image out of my mind whenever he was picking up a new one-nighter . . . The Darkness wasn’t all bad, though. I enjoyed having an “origins” volume that actually provided some origins and I love anti-heroes rather than hero heroes. The twist that went along with Jackie’s power made me LOL . . . And there were also some interesting friends that accompanied his new gift . . . Oh, and the artwork? No complaints . . . Well, except for all of the aforementioned boobs ; ) All in all, not a horrible debut but probably not one that I’ll go out of my way to continue reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Some great, horribly violent art by Marc Silvestri back when he still occasionally drew comics. Add in your typical 90's era scantily clad women that appeared in most Top Cow comics. And some very stereotypical Italian mobsters. What you get is The Darkness. A very unlikable hitman gets the power to manufacture any monstrosity he can imagine out of the darkness. He uses that power to disembowel and decapitate lots of people. There isn't as much humor in this as I'd expect from Garth Ennis. Or ma Some great, horribly violent art by Marc Silvestri back when he still occasionally drew comics. Add in your typical 90's era scantily clad women that appeared in most Top Cow comics. And some very stereotypical Italian mobsters. What you get is The Darkness. A very unlikable hitman gets the power to manufacture any monstrosity he can imagine out of the darkness. He uses that power to disembowel and decapitate lots of people. There isn't as much humor in this as I'd expect from Garth Ennis. Or maybe it just hasn't held up as well as I remember? I did like the cults, rival gangs, and eternal angel factions Ennis set up in this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ill D

    Who is the Darkness? What is the Darkness? Any why did this critic decide to give this largely forgotten Garth Ennis tome a read? Who really knows. Just like another graphic novel luminary, while known for smash hits, too have also been been known for a catalogue of largely forgotten shit. Largely outshined by their successive offerings of superior quality (the inverse is true with Moore here) these predecessors are prototypes at best and puerile experiments at worst. And as such, The Darkness is Who is the Darkness? What is the Darkness? Any why did this critic decide to give this largely forgotten Garth Ennis tome a read? Who really knows. Just like another graphic novel luminary, while known for smash hits, too have also been been known for a catalogue of largely forgotten shit. Largely outshined by their successive offerings of superior quality (the inverse is true with Moore here) these predecessors are prototypes at best and puerile experiments at worst. And as such, The Darkness is so mediocre its incredible that the same genius who wrote the seminal Preacher also wrote those slop. With all the values that made Preacher truly seminal, are horribly inverted here. The previously offered characters that despite their profoundly supernatural contexts of set and settings, expounded a deep humanity and a resounding reliability. Conversely our anti-hero, Jackie Estacado, here is nothing more than a mafia employed hitman/part-time cad who’s merely been caught up in the latest skirmish between the infernal and celestial realms. With no relatable qualities or even the slightest depth of character, he’s quite boring overall. Unsurprisingly, if the main character cannot pass a basic muster of characterization, the rest of the dramatic personae falls short against every rubric, leaving us with a hollow husk of unmemorables. Shoddy characterizations well portend the equally muddy contextual environs within. Again, unlike Preacher which took an extraordinarily creative take on well-known religious tropes and imagery, everything here screams teenage boys-’s testosterone addled delight. As such the swampy world building betrays its intrinsic superficiality as waves of half-naked women and gory fatalities run amok across page after page after page to nauseating repetition. So when the ending is reached, nothing is to be particularly savored. No resounding denoument here. Nor are any character arcs resolved unto something memorable from something to paltry. From issue 1-6 everything exudes meh to the nth degree of unsatisfaction.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    You can see all of the DNA of this title almost immediately - a 90's comic created by an imprint of Image, written by Garth Ennis. That means over-the-top gore and violence, the majority of female characters dressed in as little as possible (and often used as trophies), and a focus on cheesecake visuals (that are in their own way beautifully done; Silvestri's work on the Darkness and its creations practically drips out of the frames), tied to a story full of corruption and violence. And yet, it You can see all of the DNA of this title almost immediately - a 90's comic created by an imprint of Image, written by Garth Ennis. That means over-the-top gore and violence, the majority of female characters dressed in as little as possible (and often used as trophies), and a focus on cheesecake visuals (that are in their own way beautifully done; Silvestri's work on the Darkness and its creations practically drips out of the frames), tied to a story full of corruption and violence. And yet, it actually makes for an interesting story. The idea of a contract killer given super powers and using them for his own purpose as he deals with competing forces intent on controlling or destroying him is well told, and Jackie Estacado makes for an interesting character. He is 80's greed embodied, and the advantages (and drawbacks) of the Darkness definitely affect him, but ultimately its his human nature and skills that lead to the resolution at the end of the first volume. It's not bad, as long as you can tolerate the innuendo and gore. And it does have Garth Ennis' writing style throughout, although in some ways it feels a little more reined in than some of his other series (Preacher, the Boys). You probably won't regret reading this if you're a fan of his, but it's not his best work by any means.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    Fun, blast from the past, and the art is pretty cool. It's got a very 90's look to it, but if you've got a love of the 90's, this is your jam. Although it's not too bad in this one, there are touches of a trope that I'm really tired of: Hitman with a Heart of Gold. This HAS to be one of the stupidest tropes ever. If you watch any of that true crime shit, rarely is a hitman this suave dude in an expensive suit who's an expert. Usually it's some guy hired to whack some lady's husband for a couple Fun, blast from the past, and the art is pretty cool. It's got a very 90's look to it, but if you've got a love of the 90's, this is your jam. Although it's not too bad in this one, there are touches of a trope that I'm really tired of: Hitman with a Heart of Gold. This HAS to be one of the stupidest tropes ever. If you watch any of that true crime shit, rarely is a hitman this suave dude in an expensive suit who's an expert. Usually it's some guy hired to whack some lady's husband for a couple thousand bucks. And it seems like they get caught an awful lot. And they usually aren't even wearing a proper shirt, let alone Armani. Killing people for money, doing that as a career rather than, I dunno, just about any other job, precludes you having a heart of gold. Where's the Arby's Worker with a Heart of Gold? Cart Pusher at Wal-Mart with a Heart of Gold?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Appeal Characteristics: art, super fantastic looking main hero, action, adventure, weird powers... The main guy...Jackie Estacado is super hot! A ladies man...and a hit-man for the Italian mob. The thing that kept me reading was his interaction with the waitress...SO FUNNY! One night he "inherits" darkness (this like super olllldddd force...and other stuff that i'm still confused about... I mean is he the keeper of hell? Is he a type of Satan? He commands these mystical forces?) ANYWAY, he gets Appeal Characteristics: art, super fantastic looking main hero, action, adventure, weird powers... The main guy...Jackie Estacado is super hot! A ladies man...and a hit-man for the Italian mob. The thing that kept me reading was his interaction with the waitress...SO FUNNY! One night he "inherits" darkness (this like super olllldddd force...and other stuff that i'm still confused about... I mean is he the keeper of hell? Is he a type of Satan? He commands these mystical forces?) ANYWAY, he gets this super power that makes him "super killer" ...and finds out this other group called "Angellus" or the "Light" is out TO KILL HIM. He's like a anti-super hero...or the name of the person whose like a flawed superhero. I had a fun time being in this world briefly, I'm not sure I will go back and visit anytime soon...but I do want him to get with Sara Pezzini (she's Witchblade on the Angellus side) just putting it out there... There was this great Tumblr dedicated to their pairing...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book had an original premise and an excellent author going for it, but still managed to fall flat on its face. I mean, a force of evil suddenly awakens in a hitman? That should totally be cool! But........it's just not. While it's not the worst thing ever, this book is certainly not a promising start for this series. It's a bunch of clichés, bad lines, and lame plot points. I'd give examples, but for me this was one of those books where it's so evident that the author wasn't trying that I'm This book had an original premise and an excellent author going for it, but still managed to fall flat on its face. I mean, a force of evil suddenly awakens in a hitman? That should totally be cool! But........it's just not. While it's not the worst thing ever, this book is certainly not a promising start for this series. It's a bunch of clichés, bad lines, and lame plot points. I'd give examples, but for me this was one of those books where it's so evident that the author wasn't trying that I'm not going to either. Since this is a comic book, I feel compelled to mention the art, at least in passing: it's good but is nothing special. Probably the best part of the book. Back to the story: look, Garth Ennis is the guy who gave us Preacher, one of the most dark, graphic comic books of all time. You'd think that same guy would be able to do ok with a story about a guy who is literally THE DARKNESS. But somehow, no. I recently received this book as a birthday present, along with the second volume, so I'm going to read that one now, and I really hope it tries something different this time around.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Angsty, womanizing hitman inherits supernatural powers. He’s groomed by a shady cult that battles the forces of light led by a scantily clad angel. BIood, impossibly curved women, and impossibly muscled men abound. Yep, it’s the 90’s! And you know what, The Darkness isn’t terrible. There’s a clear, straightforward plot, and Ennis keeps the story moving. Even Silvestri, a 90’s artist if there ever was one, manages some interesting scenes here and there. There's a fair share of laughable moments ( Angsty, womanizing hitman inherits supernatural powers. He’s groomed by a shady cult that battles the forces of light led by a scantily clad angel. BIood, impossibly curved women, and impossibly muscled men abound. Yep, it’s the 90’s! And you know what, The Darkness isn’t terrible. There’s a clear, straightforward plot, and Ennis keeps the story moving. Even Silvestri, a 90’s artist if there ever was one, manages some interesting scenes here and there. There's a fair share of laughable moments (“I can’t have sex!”), and The Darkness is basically a Spawn knockoff. But these six issues don’t try to be anything other than what they are: over-the-top angst-fueled action. For that I have to give them credit.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Albert Yates

    after being introduced to Jackie, aka The Darkness, in the Witchblade series I finally got around to reading his story. We enter Jackie's life,a hired killer for the mob, just as he turned twenty one and the power he inherited from his dad blooms into force. he finds new ways to kill with this power and new ways to hurt those who care for him. a really good story written by Garth Ennis, a strange turn from the normal ultraviolet stuff he's normally crafting. after being introduced to Jackie, aka The Darkness, in the Witchblade series I finally got around to reading his story. We enter Jackie's life,a hired killer for the mob, just as he turned twenty one and the power he inherited from his dad blooms into force. he finds new ways to kill with this power and new ways to hurt those who care for him. a really good story written by Garth Ennis, a strange turn from the normal ultraviolet stuff he's normally crafting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Revi

    This was very... boy. Teenage boy. But that may not be a legitimate criticism, I should have assumed that when I opened a tpb from TopCow. ******spoilers******* The antagonists weren't developed enough. It made no sense that a being that lived for almost a millennium would do all of the stupid things she did in this volume. Bring her mortal lover to a gunfight? ugh -- and not even tricked to do that. This was very... boy. Teenage boy. But that may not be a legitimate criticism, I should have assumed that when I opened a tpb from TopCow. ******spoilers******* The antagonists weren't developed enough. It made no sense that a being that lived for almost a millennium would do all of the stupid things she did in this volume. Bring her mortal lover to a gunfight? ugh -- and not even tricked to do that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Lima

    Well, it was a nice experience. Good looking characters, a lot of "too much" scenes, dark themes and all. It's all that the 90's had to offer in comics. Here we see Jackie Estacado turning 21 and just inheriting a super power tha can control The Darkness. Overall, it was fun to read. I think it's a piece of history to know and read this kind of work. Well, it was a nice experience. Good looking characters, a lot of "too much" scenes, dark themes and all. It's all that the 90's had to offer in comics. Here we see Jackie Estacado turning 21 and just inheriting a super power tha can control The Darkness. Overall, it was fun to read. I think it's a piece of history to know and read this kind of work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Myk Pilgrim

    A super 90s feeling book, with the 90s gore to match. Fun enough, but I think the reason I didn't pick these up sooner was I thought the costume was a bit goofy. Full disclosure my first exposure to The Darkness was the video game, so thats probably colouring my outlook. A super 90s feeling book, with the 90s gore to match. Fun enough, but I think the reason I didn't pick these up sooner was I thought the costume was a bit goofy. Full disclosure my first exposure to The Darkness was the video game, so thats probably colouring my outlook.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian Lakes

    As good as Ennis gets! If you're an Ennis fan, you owe it to yourself to read this. SO GOOD. The Darkness is one of his best creations. Together with Silvestri's art, it is a powerhouse. As good as Ennis gets! If you're an Ennis fan, you owe it to yourself to read this. SO GOOD. The Darkness is one of his best creations. Together with Silvestri's art, it is a powerhouse.

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Inked Reader

    3.75 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eric Winter

    Gory, funny, awesome.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I’ve been a huge fan of The Darkness since its earliest issues. It’s my favorite Top Cow property, and one of the few ongoing series I still eagerly await the newest issue of. Since Top Cow has recently rebooted their universe with the Artifacts and “Rebirth” arcs, I figured now was a good time for a re-read from the beginning. There was a period when The Darkness lost its way (Jackie as a South American drug lord, anyone?) and became too depressing for its own good (quite a few of the post-drug I’ve been a huge fan of The Darkness since its earliest issues. It’s my favorite Top Cow property, and one of the few ongoing series I still eagerly await the newest issue of. Since Top Cow has recently rebooted their universe with the Artifacts and “Rebirth” arcs, I figured now was a good time for a re-read from the beginning. There was a period when The Darkness lost its way (Jackie as a South American drug lord, anyone?) and became too depressing for its own good (quite a few of the post-drug lord arcs), but the opening volume of the series, collecting the first six issues, is filled with dark humor, college humor, sex, guns, good old-fashioned horror. (And the above-average offering of scantily clad women that seems to be a Top Cow staple, but that's besides the point.) It is, in short, what made The Darkness fun, and great, and instantly addictive. Writer Garth Ennis (of Preacher fame, another of my favorites) and artist Marc Silvestri team up for a dynamic opening arc, introducing us to mafia hitman Jackie Estacado and a vast and varied cast of characters who will shape his life and destiny for years to come. The story, in which Jackie is introduced to the Darkness, a supernatural power that is rooted in, well, darkness, runs the gauntlet from sexy (the Angelus and Jackie’s harem of nameless bimbos), to crassly funny (the darklings in all their frat boy glory…especially Darkus) to morbidly funny (Jackie bringing a woman home for the night only to find Butcher Joyce in his bathroom, messily disposing of the remains of some celestial warriors…and warning Jackie to stay out of the bedroom due to the body count), to lots and lots of gore (ripping someone’s skeleton out of their body, to name one), to melodrama (Jackie’s multi-page angst-fest when confronted with a lifetime of celibacy), to heartbreaking (Jenny saying goodbye to Jackie, her unrequited love since childhood, in the closing pages). Reading Jackie and Jenny’s origins, especially given how Jackie has altered his reality for the “Rebirth” arc that has just kicked off, is especially poignant. Ennis’s words and Silvestri’s art are perfect compliments to one another, and I would really love to see these two reteam in the future. Though there has been a lot of fun and interesting storytelling in the past 100 issues, the original creative team will always be my favorite. Going back and starting from the beginning, it’s interesting to see how The Darkness mythos has evolved over the past 100 issues. Jackie has definitely grown and matured, and the Darkness itself has become a darker, more malevolent entity with a will of it’s own. But reading this arc really reminded me how much I missed that cocky twenty-one year old kid from New York, and how much I miss the humor that seems to have largely faded from the series of late.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    Oh, what can I say? I love you, Garth Ennis, and will happily devour anything you write. His being the writer of this graphic novel is the only reason I was interested, I listed everything I could by him on paperbackswap, and this is the first one that came available. It is an interesting concept-I believe it's part of the Witchblade series, a spin off of sorts. It's about a man who inherits a power called the Darkness when he's 21 that allows him to do pretty much anything as long as it involve Oh, what can I say? I love you, Garth Ennis, and will happily devour anything you write. His being the writer of this graphic novel is the only reason I was interested, I listed everything I could by him on paperbackswap, and this is the first one that came available. It is an interesting concept-I believe it's part of the Witchblade series, a spin off of sorts. It's about a man who inherits a power called the Darkness when he's 21 that allows him to do pretty much anything as long as it involves violence or evil. He's an orphan who was taken in by a mob/mafia leader, so even before he inherited the Darkness he wasn't a stand up guy. Because of his power, the Light (basically a scary sexy lady and lots of her minions) wants to eliminate him, and another cult type brother hood wants to work with him to harness his power for creating the perfect society, etc. for them to be all powerful, etc. This guy doesn't want anything to do with anyone but himself, so you find yourself rooting for him as the hero to be independent, etc. The story is interesting, the writer superb, the art is as well. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars was a bit of an annoying side love interest thing that was a little too corny/sappy to fit with the rest of the story. It could've been done right, but I didn't feel like it was-I felt like it was there to give us sympathy/love for the anti-hero, and I don't think it was needed, and it just ended up feeling cheap and typical. Other than that-great read! (Who wouldn't love the unique way of killing a man by pulling him down through the toilet and thus crushing him-totally interesting picture, I'll tell you that much. Ok, maybe a lot of people wouldn't love that, but I can't get enough of Garth Ennis and what he can come up with.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Leighanne

    Jackie Estacado is your average 20 year old. You know, women and fast cars. Oh, and he's also an assassin for a crime family. You know, totally normal. On the eve of his 21st birthday, Jackie discovers that he has a gift that allows him to control demons from another deminsions, The Darkness. And of course, there are people that don't want Jackie to wield this gift and set out to destroy him. These two volumes take you through the beginning of Jackie's time with this 'gift' and explains how he co Jackie Estacado is your average 20 year old. You know, women and fast cars. Oh, and he's also an assassin for a crime family. You know, totally normal. On the eve of his 21st birthday, Jackie discovers that he has a gift that allows him to control demons from another deminsions, The Darkness. And of course, there are people that don't want Jackie to wield this gift and set out to destroy him. These two volumes take you through the beginning of Jackie's time with this 'gift' and explains how he comes by it. The first volume is the one that really goes through who Jackie is, how he came to be who he is, how he came to be an assassin and it introduces you to the gift and the people that actually want the gift. Some of the people that appear in this volume are the same people that appear in the second video game. The artwork in this volume was fantastic, that was something that I really enjoyed. Cover of The Darkness Origins Volume 2 by Garth Ennis In the second volume, the artwork was just as good, but this was about the best thing about the volume. It started out where the other volume left off, but you get three issues into this volume and then suddenly you go from I think issue #9 to issue #17. So there have been all these things that have happened between that time and you have new characters and something called a Witchblade and you're like "What the hell is going on here?" Maybe if you're a seasoned comic book reader, you would have an idea of what that way, but I had no idea and it made me like that volume a lot less. Overall though, I really liked the artwork, I enjoyed the story when I could follow it, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys comic books of that nature.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mwatuangi

    A must-read for any comic aficionados, or those who were introduced to the series through the two games based on it. With excellent artistry and superb - and hilarious - writing, readers are introduced to characters that live and breathe on the pages, especially Jackie Estacado and the fantastic cast of supporting characters. As the inheritor of the Darkness, a primordial eidolon with near-limitless creative power, Jackie is suddenly thrust deeper into a world of equally bleak conflict with forc A must-read for any comic aficionados, or those who were introduced to the series through the two games based on it. With excellent artistry and superb - and hilarious - writing, readers are introduced to characters that live and breathe on the pages, especially Jackie Estacado and the fantastic cast of supporting characters. As the inheritor of the Darkness, a primordial eidolon with near-limitless creative power, Jackie is suddenly thrust deeper into a world of equally bleak conflict with forces both human and supernatural either thriving to harness its powers for themselves or outright destroy it. That doesn't even include the mundane trials Jackie goes through as a noted member of the mafia his adopted parent runs. Overall, it's an especially a macabre comic and gives a glimpse of the antihero Jackie in his earlier years. We're also introduced to Sonatine, the cunning leader of the Brotherhood that seeks the Darkness' powers for themselves, and the Angelus, arch-nemesis born of Light that seeks to destroy the Darkness - and a propos, Jackie - entirely. The conflict culminates into an excellently-drawn showdown of wits as well as brawn when Jackie's powers are put to the test in a search to discover the weaknesses of the nigh undefeatable Angelus.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fantasy Literature

    The Darkness: Origins, Volume 1 by Garth Ennis is an excellent series that features and is named after a spinoff character from The Witchblade. The Darkness made his first appearance in issue #10 of Witchblade and got his own title soon after. He's essential to the mythic origins of the Witchblade, and in fact, along with the Angelus, predates the Witchblade. The Darkness is the elemental power of chaos; it is the symbolic dark side of the universe and human nature, but it must always have a hum The Darkness: Origins, Volume 1 by Garth Ennis is an excellent series that features and is named after a spinoff character from The Witchblade. The Darkness made his first appearance in issue #10 of Witchblade and got his own title soon after. He's essential to the mythic origins of the Witchblade, and in fact, along with the Angelus, predates the Witchblade. The Darkness is the elemental power of chaos; it is the symbolic dark side of the universe and human nature, but it must always have a human bearer, just like the Angelus and the Witchblade. The bearer of the Darkness is always male, and the Darkness, unlike the Angelus and the Witchblade, is always passed down through the blood-line. It is the force that opposes the Angelus, who, ... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

  21. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    The action starts explosively and keeps going until the last page. Jackie Estacado is an assassin for a mob boss. He is sought by powers from the Earth, a group lead by Sonatine that has followed him from birth and wants to use him to change the world, and the Angelus, one hot number from beyond who is the Darkness' sworn enemy. On his 21st birthday he aquires the Darkness, a considerable power that makes him even more deadly than he already is. But he can't have sex which is a deal breaker for The action starts explosively and keeps going until the last page. Jackie Estacado is an assassin for a mob boss. He is sought by powers from the Earth, a group lead by Sonatine that has followed him from birth and wants to use him to change the world, and the Angelus, one hot number from beyond who is the Darkness' sworn enemy. On his 21st birthday he aquires the Darkness, a considerable power that makes him even more deadly than he already is. But he can't have sex which is a deal breaker for a second and the funniest scene in the book. Impregnating a woman passes the power to the baby and kills the father. Ultimately he embraces the destructive power because of his own destructive personality.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kevin C

    The book I read was “The Darkness” made by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl the genre the book is Adventure/Horror. It is the story of a mafia hitman Jackie Estacado on his 21st birthday he was given the power of the darkness, an elemental force that allows those who have it dark powers in clouding the power to control over demon. In the story he mast fight the forces of good and evil at the same time. I think this book is very good it has action and comedy. The story doesn’t gust go w The book I read was “The Darkness” made by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl the genre the book is Adventure/Horror. It is the story of a mafia hitman Jackie Estacado on his 21st birthday he was given the power of the darkness, an elemental force that allows those who have it dark powers in clouding the power to control over demon. In the story he mast fight the forces of good and evil at the same time. I think this book is very good it has action and comedy. The story doesn’t gust go with the main character it has some sense that the darkling’s (aka the demon creatures) say some things funny. I think people that like action and comedy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matt Thomas

    Jackie Estacado learns that he has inherited an almost limitless power called "The Darkness" from his father and it has become active now that he's turned 21. This puts a damper on his pastime of having fun with women but has helped him immeasurably in his job as mafia hit man. And by the end of this work, he has gained several new enemies and lost the one true friend and good influence he had. Great story, artwork and concept. Just the right balance of darkness and light. Absolutely loved it. No Jackie Estacado learns that he has inherited an almost limitless power called "The Darkness" from his father and it has become active now that he's turned 21. This puts a damper on his pastime of having fun with women but has helped him immeasurably in his job as mafia hit man. And by the end of this work, he has gained several new enemies and lost the one true friend and good influence he had. Great story, artwork and concept. Just the right balance of darkness and light. Absolutely loved it. Now I need to read the later volumes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    It wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't the best thing I've ever read. The tired "every woman is basically naked with waists too small to actually exist without cracking in half" deal present in way too many comics is in full force here. Honestly, I'd call it a guilty pleasure read. I do love an anti-hero, but still I find myself feeling like I've seen it all before. That said, the design for his Darkness form is absolutely awesome and I love the nature of his powers and how they look, so if it f It wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't the best thing I've ever read. The tired "every woman is basically naked with waists too small to actually exist without cracking in half" deal present in way too many comics is in full force here. Honestly, I'd call it a guilty pleasure read. I do love an anti-hero, but still I find myself feeling like I've seen it all before. That said, the design for his Darkness form is absolutely awesome and I love the nature of his powers and how they look, so if it falls into my lap, I might read more. But I won't go out of my way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    aaron

    this is the first collection of the beginning of the darkness run by garth ennis and david wohl. it is a good comic and some beautiful artwork, much in the vein of witchblade. i like how this and witchblade really run together. if you are looking for a good "antihero" comic with some darkness to it...then this may be what you're looking for. this is the first collection of the beginning of the darkness run by garth ennis and david wohl. it is a good comic and some beautiful artwork, much in the vein of witchblade. i like how this and witchblade really run together. if you are looking for a good "antihero" comic with some darkness to it...then this may be what you're looking for.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Timo

    First of those on-going series Garth helped to kick on. Sadly, he did not put his whole heart on this one. There are glimpses of his greatness, but still.... he pretty much used all those characters he had created before, molded them slight and threw them here. Again, some creative brutal violence, some so-so fun dialogue and loads of annoying posey superhero art.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    I loved the video game, so I had to pick up the comic and Garth Ennis never lets me down. It is an overly sexualized, overly violent, gangster story with superpowers and it is sweet. It is a cool story that maybe a little over done.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anastasiaadamov

    Funny in all the inappropriate moments. Deliciously dark and emo at the same time. Characters are easy to understand. There were but a few holes in the plot but overall it is a good story and I liked it a lot! Centerfold graphic solutions were a nice suprise.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Orlando Garza

    Jackie Estacado makes a great anti-hero. It's for people who like a dark story and dark humor without it trying to be edgy. Jackie Estacado makes a great anti-hero. It's for people who like a dark story and dark humor without it trying to be edgy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    The art is absolutely outstanding. Jackie is a fun bad boy character.

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