Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: Darkness #103

Alright ever since Jackie saved the World and remade it the way he wanted things have been ultra weird, but in a fascinatingly good way one might say.  Personally I think if you’ve ever wanted to try this book but was intimidated by its history then now really is a great chance to jump on board and see what the buzz is about.  The world has changed for now and who knows when circumstances will occur to put it back the way it was.

Danielle Baptiste the former host of the Angelus is now a hardened NYC Detective trying to nail Estacado’s mob family for various activities.  She’s partnered up with Gleason, Sara’s ex in all ways.  Jackie having the opportunity to remake the world brought the love of his life back to be his wife and raise his daughter Hope.  Mind you Hope is his daughter with Sara bearer of the Witchblade who is no longer in NYC.
Instead what we get is a brand new beginning that only Jackie knows about. Unfortunately though Jenny threatened to leave Jackie so using ancient magic he managed to separate himself from the Darkness.  Which by the way is a big mistake considering the Darkness is no longer being held in check
Left to run rampant using Jackie’s image and going by  doppelganger the Darkness is out creating havoc and violence on a level previously unseen. 
As if all this wasn’t enough Hope’s cat appears to be made out of the Darkness and made itself into kittens that she wants to keep.  Though the “mother” cat is rather horrific looking if I may so and quite mean.  This of course is just the tip of the iceberg too.
If I were to venture a guess I would say that they are building up to something big.  With a turf war happening, the cat scratching Hope infecting her, the various players on the board you can feel that something huge is looming.
David Hine is really kicking things into gear here and the excitement, intrigue as well as characterization has never been better.  This really is an exciting time for the Darkness and the Top Cow universe.
Jeremy Haun and John Rauch’s interior visuals keep that level of excitement up and in your face.  This team is taking the Darkness to a whole new level these days and it really is a great jumping on point for new readers and a daring bold direction for longtime readers to enjoy. 

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