Comic Review: ‘Darkness Origins’ Volume 1
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By The Canadian Titan

Darkness Origins
Volume 1 (Paperback)
Written by Garth Ennis & David Wohl
Art by Marc Silvestri
Top Cow Productions
Release Date: March 24, 2010

What would you do if when you turned 21 you inherited more than a namesake or a family fortune? For Jackie Estacado this was the case. Jackie was a hitman for the Franchetti mob that his Uncle Frankie ran, and with his 21st birthday only a couple of days away, he had no idea what was in store for him, only The Darkness knew!

Jackie was at the top of his game he loved driving fast cars and spending time with an assortment of women, and eating in fancy restaurants when he wasn’t taking care of business for the family. Being adopted at a young age by his uncle and never knowing his father due to the fact that he passed away before Jackie was born, Jackie held a lot of anger toward his father. The reason why awaits you in the book. (I would hate to spoil it for the readers). As Jackie turns 21, The Darkness emerges presenting itself and all the power that goes along with it. Being submerged into a battle that has been going on for centuries with a being known as the Angelus, Jackie must learn to use his powers and learn all the things that come with it whether good or bad.

In this first volume of Darkness Origins we learn of The Darkness’ origin and about its wielder Jackie Estacado. We see how gaining this new power makes parts of his life easier in one perspective, and causes it to be completely difficult in another. Following the hit of a member of another family, a war is knocking on the doorsteps between two families; meanwhile the new battle Jackie has entered isn’t helping either. While his newfound power is proving to be pretty powerful and helpful simultaneously Jackie now has one small problem, both wars have just come to a roaring crash in Jackie’s apartment all at once. With an assassin from the opposing family sent to kill him on one end, and on the other warriors of the Angelus are there to kill him as well. Jackie has become a very popular since he turned 21.

Top Cow Productions has brought together an awesome team to bring us the story of The Darkness. Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, HellBlazer, and The Punisher) and David Wohl (WitchBlade, and Aphrodite XI) bring us a supernatural story for the ages that is told with great writing, and Marc Sivestri (Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men, and X-Factor) on the art bring a story to life that left me in awe and amazement. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will pursue the other volumes as well. This is a definite must-buy.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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