Review: The Darkness: Four Horsemen #4

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THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN #4 coverYesterday, I reviewed Velocity #4, and lamented that the final issue was a bit of a let down after three solid issues.  The Darkness: Four Horsemen #4 was the exact opposite.  The fourth issue is actually higher quality than the first three issues.  You can read those reviews here, here and here.  While I definitely liked the first three issues the fourth has some twists and gets you to reflect on the nature of good and evil.  It’s a great ending for a limited series that was good, but didn’t necessarily needed to be a limited series.

The Darkest Tale of The Darkness Yet!
Apocalypse has come to Ginsberg, CA! Two ominous powers arrive in town, one of ultimate light and the other of deepest darkness, and Jackie Estacado is trapped between them. The Four Horsemen are ascending to their full power. Can Jackie muster the power to prevent the end of the world?
From David Hine (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and up-and-coming artist Jeff Wamester (Frenemy of the State).

Writer David Hine has put together an entertaining limited series.  I’m still scratching my head as to why it couldn’t have been part of the normal run, but it was well worth being told.  While the first three issues were solid, they were pretty straight forward.  This fourth issue puts you on your toes.  Who’s good?  Who’s bad?  And what is good and evil?  It asks those questions and leaves it to you the reader to decide.  For what at first seemed like a simple story throws on the layers towards the end that really sets it apart.

Jeff Wamester‘s art is what I’d expect from a Top Cow book.  It has some great detail and the character design is solid.  How each horseman is portrayed especially stands out.

Overall, while I may question why this needed to be done as a limited series, it’s an entertaining read.  If you’ve picked up the first three, this last issue is definitely worth it, and for those who haven’t, pick up all four issues or definitely grab the eventual trade paperback.

Plot:  The first three issues were entertaining, but it’s this fourth issue that adds the layers the first three were missing.  Hine does an excellent job in taking what you’d expect and twisting it.  There’s a lot of questions thrown out there for the reader to contemplate.  It’s a great ending to the four issue limited series.  Rating: 8.5

Art:  Wamester’s art is solid.  He’s got some great designs for the four horsemen and some cool imagery.  The gross out factor is dropped a little bit, but this issue is all about the action.  Overall, solid work for an up and comer like Wamester.  Rating: 8

Overall:  The four issue series is entertaining.  While I don’t think it had to be a limited series it’s a unique and entertaining enough story that it was worth it.  If you haven’t picked up the first three issues (and can’t) definitely grab the eventual trade, but if you’ve already grabbed the first three issues, this fourth one won’t disappoint.  Overall rating: 8.25

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: 5/18/11

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

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