Back in the mid-90s, one of Image Comics’ hottest properties, Witchblade, introduced a new character into the storyline. Jackie Estacado was a heartless mafia hitman who became imbued with a powerful, mystical force. As The Darkness, Jackie controls the elements of Chaos and Control, using the powers to engulf himself in powerful body armor and producing a horde of small vicious creatures called Darklings. It’s almost staggering to realize that come February 29th, The Darkness will be hitting it’s landmark 100th issue. And not out of fashion, Top Cow will be celebrating the event with a special, double-sized treat. Read the press release for more information.
The over-sized 100th issue follows hot on the heels of the release of The Darkness II video game from 2K Games and Digital Extremes. Long time writer Phil Hester (Wonder Woman, Green Hornet) concludes his epic run on the series with artists Romano Molenaar (The Darkness II : Confession), Leandro Oliveira (Superman), and Jose Luis (Pilot Season: Seraph). The landmark 100th issue will set the stage for David Hine (The Darkness: Four Horsemen, Bulletproof Coffin) and Jeremy Haun (Artifacts, Detective Comics) as they bring The Darkness into Top Cow’s Rebirth initiative.
“Why couldn’t they have hired someone else? Anyone else? I’ve been successfully pulling the wool over Darkness readers’ eyes for years now, and the second they get a look at what David Hine is up to they’re going to forget all about my dog and pony show,” Hester commented. “Don’t believe me? Crack open Hine and Kane’s Bulletproof Coffin and see one of tomorrow’s classics while it’s fresh, then get in line behind me for The Darkness #101.”
As Darkness bearer, Jackie Estacado is on a collision course with the source of his power and misery — the Darkness itself! Estacado has traveled through numerous levels of the Darkness’ home dimension in his quest to confront his patron, all the while the Darkness has sought to bind him, distract him and prevent him from reaching it. Now only one of them will walk away from this momentous battle that has been building for years!
Featuring covers by Image luminaries Todd McFarlane (Spawn) and Michael Golden (The ‘Nam, Spawn), alongside The Darkness series artists Jeremy Haun and Michael Broussard (Artifacts).
The over-sized 48-page The Darkness #100 issue will be on sale in stores and digital platforms on March 21st, 2012 and will carry a cover price of $4.99. To commemorate this achievement, the issue will also feature a complete series cover gallery, a Darkness timeline, the winners of the Darkness II deviantART contest and a special preview of Darkness #101.
Top Cow has certainly been bringing their A-game with their titles recently. With the recent Artifacts storyline, their entire Rebirth move, and a change of creative teams on both The Darkness and Witchblade, it’s clear that Top Cow are gearing up for a great ride. I’m looking forward to seeing what David Hine has in store for the title, and what Top Cow has in store for their line as a whole.