Review – The Darkness #87


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The Darkness #87 COVA_stampedJust an amazing issue.  The Darkness #87 is a stand alone that takes a break to look at one of the many forces out to get Jackie Estacado and stop the Darkness force.

Just as the Brotherhood of The Darkness existed to serve the interests of The Darkness on Earth, another cult has existed in secret serving the needs of The Angelus on this world. Now armed with a legendary weapon crafted from the heart of a sun itself, a servant of the cult within Jackie’s inner circle moves to end the Estacado line once and for all.

If you don’t know anything about the Darkness or it’s characters, this is still a highly enjoyable comic.  Really the premise is simple.  A person is trained their entire life with one mission.  When it comes time to commit that mission, what happens when they realize the evil they’ve been trained to fight isn’t so bad.  If your action created the risk of creating a worse evil, would you still take it?

That’s the basic set up here.  It adds a ton to The Darkness, but at the same time can be taken as a simple tale about indoctrination.  It’s simple and very effective.  A straight forward story that gets you to think what you’d do in that situation or if it’s a decision you’ve already made.

Beyond solid and entertaining, a definite buy.

Plot:  Phil Hester has done an excellent job here.  The comic adds a great layer to the ongoing story, and at the same time stands alone as a moral tale.  Pulling that off is impressive and something I’d love to see more of in comics.  A dual story that adds to the ongoing or stands alone.  Add on top of that some fantastic character twists and it’s easily a comic I highly recommend.  Rating: 9

Art: Sheldon Mitchell‘s art is usually solid and this issue isn’t an exception.  While some of the characters look similar, overall that kind of adds to the story since it’s about indoctrination.  There’s not a lot of action, but what there is balances perfectly with the quieter moments.  Fantastic stuff that fits perfectly.  Rating: 8.75

Overall: A story that adds to the story or can be read on it’s own?  Yes please!  This is something I’d like to see more of and works quite well when it’s a simple focus on one character.  We get a lot of character growth throughout one issue.  Overall, I think it’s quite impressive and an absolute buy this week.  Rating: 9

Recommendation:Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $2.99    Release Date: 12/2/2010

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