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Sneak Peek: Top Cow’s The Darkness #108

Kelly Cassidy 11/20/2012 Reviews

Recently, Top Cow put a fresh coat of paint on its universe (even though it was still relatively shiny and new) thanks to one of the many anti-heroes that embody its universe, Jackie Estacado who is better known as The Darkness. Top Cow has given a sneak peak at The Darkness #108 which gets released tomorrow – November 21, 2012.

Over the last few months, Top Cow has basically put their entire lineup through a Rebirth process. This is not what some of the other publishers did, either by simply starting over and cherry-picking certain items willy-nilly (and even going so far as to changing their mind afterwards) or by doing some cataclysmic event and then going on with business as usual, with very little or no repercussions in some of the titles across the board. No, Top Cow got it right and gave the new Rebirth a complete vision and included every element and title across their universe, including their flagship titles of Witchblade, The Darkness, and Artifacts (of which issue #22 was previously reviewed by

Let’s take a look at the first few pages…

The Darkness #108 - Page 1The Darkness #108 - Page 2The Darkness #108 - Page 3

Wow. The artwork by Jeremy Haun (Detective Comics, New Excalibur) is amazing and I think it suits the title to a tee. The writing by David Hine (Spawn, Silent War, X-Men: The 198) is just as good and showcases what I think is one of Hine’s strongest traits – the ability to literally face the dark side of a person, and that’s exactly where this story arc is going. Literally.

What do you think? Does this excite you? Do you want more of The Darkness and its sibling titles within the Top Cow Universe? (If you think this universe of anti-heroes both excites and inspires you, check out what we’ve had to say on their Top Cow Talent Hunt that is going on until the end of 2012!)

Let us know what you think in the comments below and be sure to check back for a full review of The Darkness #108 once it’s released!

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About The Author

Kelly Cassidy has been collecting comics for around 30 years and can actually list the first comic he bought with his own money. By day, he works as a technology manager and community leader in web technologies, presenting at web conferences around Canada. By night, he struggles to actually create the list of comics he owns as he keeps adding more to his collection. He also struggles with talking in third person.

  1. Scorp_Moonopoly 11/21/2012 at 3:48 am

    I don't know man, an in universe reboot is still a reboot, I read some of the new Witchblades but I haven't gotten back into Darkness yet. Didn't Jackie actually design the new universe, I guess that would make his book pretty important!

    • kcassidy 11/21/2012 at 7:55 pm

      That's it exactly – the only person who seems to remember is Jackie. Until Artifacts I was never really into the Darkness, but seeing how all this works and the story that appears to be behind it makes me want to pick up the entire Compendium

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