The Darkness: Resurrection

July 5, 2004 | Trades


The Darkness: Resurrection
Paul Jenkins, Dale Keown, Matt Milla
Top Cow Productions
$21.85/$14.99 US (Paperback)
*** (out of five)

Jackie Estacado’s life is just going from bad to worse.
The former Mafia hitman is hiding out in protective custody after ratting out his Uncle Frankie to the feds when he receives a videotape labelled ‘To My Dearest Nephew’. The tape shows Frankie exacting his revenge by killing the love of Jackie’s life, Jenny.
Devastated and now hungry for vengeance himself, Jackie sets up a meeting with his uncle and promptly blows both of them up in a roaring explosion.
Good thing for Jackie he is the bearer of The Darkness, an ancient evil power that allows him to summon forth some of the most terrifying evil from the depths of hell. The Darkness won’t let Jackie stay dead and it slowly brings him back to life, leaving him suffering with Jenny’s death, a still-angry Mafia on his case and a newly invigorated Darkness on his hands.
Collecting the first six issues of the new Darkness series, Resurrection is a bleak, gory and tragic piece of work.
Featuring incredibly detailed art by Toronto’s Dale Keown, whose skill for bringing out the toothsome terror in The Darkness’ creepy crawlies is unparalleled and a smart script by writer Paul Jenkins, Resurrection is a great jumping on point for new readers. It could have used a little bit more of a recap of the previous series to help smooth things along, but the jist is there and it is still very readable even for first-timers.
One of the coolest features of this volume is a proper Canadian price tag. Top Cow has actually calculated exchange rates, as opposed to other publishers who round up, charging readers extra. Of course, time and fluctuating rates change everything and the cost of this book should now be $22.48, making this book an even better buy,

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