Review – The Darkness: Four Horsemen #1


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The Darkness: Four Horsemen #1 COVA_stampedI’ve always been fascinated by outlaw bikers.  I’ve never wanted to be one, but still there’s some weird fascination with them.  So, I was in luck in this four issue miniseries Jackie Estacado must take on the four horsemen in the form of a biker gang.

Jackie Estacado has known little fear since he inherited the power of The Darkness on his 21st birthday. But when an old mafia boss blackmails him to hunt down four fiendish bikers in the California desert, he will find that even The Darkness can know fear.

The Darkness: Four Horsemen #1 is published by Top Cow, written by David Hine with art by Jeff Wamester.  The story is really entertaining and one thing I enjoyed a lot about it is the build up of exactly what these bikers have been doing.  The description of each of their abilities and what they cause is slow and leads up to the obvious reveal.  But it’s still fun to watch how Hine twists famine, war, pestilence and death.

The story is really entertaining and there’s some twists in there that we still get to see how they play out.  We know this’ll build into one hell of a drag out fight but there’s enough there to add in some mystery.  Perfect for new and old Darkness fans alike.

Plot: David Hine has put out a great read.  What is a pretty simple concept, the Darkness versus the Four Horsemen has some intrigue and teases that’ll be revealed further down the road.  What could easily turn into a know down, drag out fight has a lot more going for it.  Rating: 8

Art: Jeff Wamester’s art definitely holds up Top Cow’s quality when it comes to art.  The character design is great and I really enjoyed the pages where what each of the Four Horsemen have been up to were great.  Overall there’s this sense of gore and some brutal images that aren’t over the top, but instead wants you to linger on the page and suck in the twisted details.  Rating: 8

Overall: The miniseries is a great read so far and perfect for those who want to check out the Darkness for the first time.  It’s also entertaining enough for those who are familiar with the character.  I definitely recommend it.  Overall rating: 8

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99    Release Date: 8/25/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.