Review – The Darkness: Four Horsemen #3

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The Darkness Four Horsemen #3The Darkness: Four Horsemen has been a pleasant surprise as far as limited series goes and this third issue stands out from the previous two.  Not only does it feature villains who seem like a match for Jackie and the Darkness but the bad guys aren’t cookie cutter forgettable one dimensional engines of destruction.

For the first time in many, many years, Jackie Estacado, bearer of The Darkness, finds himself fearing for his life. The Demon Riders have taken over Ginsberg and aim to destroy Estacado. Meanwhile, two mysterious beings close in on the town and the countdown to extinction begins!

Written by David Hine the story follows a modern day version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who have come in the form of a motorcycle gang.  But we’re also given some reasons to sympathize for their situation as they didn’t want to become what they are.  They’re evil and kill people for their own amusement, but they also seem to go with their fate, playing the rolls they are.  All because they have to, not because they want to.

Overall, this has been an entertaining series.  It’s a nice limited series featuring Jackie and The Darkness.  Did it need to be releaesd as one?  No, it could have been a four issue arc, but it’s nice to see it on the shelves.

Plot: David Hine has put together a nice story featuring the Darkness that’s original enough that it had to be told, in this case as a limited series.  It could have easily been slipped into the normal run, but it’s good enough that it can stand on it’s own.  In the first two issues, we’re given villains who are just pure destruction, but this third issue gives some background to them going over their origin and also adding just enough we might sympathize with them a bit.  Rating: 8

Art:  Jeff Wamester‘s art is solid with enough detail to gross you out a bit and make you never forget exactly what Jackie is dealing with.  It’s not overtly detailed to make you distracted, but it just fits perfect for the story.  Rating: 8

Overall: While I don’t think this limited series needs to be on it’s own, it’s a nice addition to the other tales out there with Jackie and The Darkness.  The villains actually seem to pose a threat to him and they have enough depth that you don’t dismiss them as cookie cutter.  Overall, a nice addition to the regular monthly programming.  Overall rating: 8

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: 1/26/11

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

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