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The Darkness #100

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The Darkness #100

Credits

  • Words: Phil Hester
  • Art: Romano Molenaar, Leandro Olivera & Jose Luis
  • Inks: Joe Weems, Rick Basaldua, Ryan Winn & Alisson Rodrigues
  • Colors: Felix Serrano & Bill Farmer
  • Story Title: Total Darkness Part Five: The Darkness
  • Publisher: Top Cow/Image Comics
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: Feb 29, 2012

Another landmark issue for the Top Cow Universe.

Long-running writer Phil Hester brings his run on The Darkness to a close with the over-sized landmark 100th issue.  Like Witchblade’s ceremonial 100th issue that precedes it, massive changes not only impact this issue, but are sure to be in store for the future.

With the conclusion of not only this story arc, but Hester’s run, mob hitman Jackie Estacado faces off with the very force that has plagued and empowered him from the outset of The Darkness.  The “Heart of the Darkness” is truly a disgusting sight to behold, and the argument between Jackie and his master reveal not only the secret to Jackie’s connection to the Darkness, but the history of the entire entity.  The Heart of the Darkness is supremely over-confident, making the struggle between both characters not only action-packed, but interesting on a character level to watch unfold.  Though #100 can read a little trite at times, the overall climactic battle is interesting enough to prove worthy.

Also leaving the title with issue #100 is artist Romano Molenaar who, along with Leandro Oliveira and Jose Luis, penciled several great scenes in this landmark issue.  The Heart of the Darkness is truly a repulsive monster to see, while Jackie’s transition to his master’s realm is one mind-bending sequence.  As Jackie steps into the void, panels flip on themselves, while an inter-dimensional hole pictures Jackie’s world from a new angle.  The team’s combined art was a pleasure to see.

Big changes are heading the readers' way as Phil Hester and Romano Molenaar step back from The Darkness.  With a new creative team stepping in next issue, and Jackie Estacado no longer controlled by his own powers, it will be up to David Hine and Jeremy Haun to begin a new tale for The Darkness.

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