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The Darkness #101 - The Crack In Everything, Part One Review

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What happens when you destroy the universe and remake it into your heart's desire? Jackie Estacado, aka the Darkness, is about to find out. What is the price of trying to achieve happiness.

The after-effects of the 13 Artifacts story is being seen here in a big way. Jackie made the final decision in trying to save the universe and instead, he created a new one. Now it's time to see the consequences.

The Good

Usually when a new writer takes over after the previous has been on board for a long run, it's not always a smooth transition. As a big fan of Phil Hester, it was disheartening to hear his time was coming to an end. But we know creative teams can't last forever. So why is this in the "Good" section? David Hine picks up the reign with ease. Actually, he doesn't just pick them up, he grabs them and runs the hell out of them.

The fact that Top Cow has undergone a "Rebirth" makes it the perfect time to jump into the book and Hine has the fortune to be the one to be there to guide Jackie along. He's still the same character we all know but with the decision he made, there are also some big differences. Seeing this mesh of the two will be a fascinating ride.

The big question is, can Jackie have everything that he wants? Will there be any consequences to his actions? What do you think? And the great thing is he makes yet ANOTHER decision here that's going to have a huge effect.

Jeremy Haun also grabs the reigns on this book with a force that makes you feel like he must have white knuckles from holding his pencil so tightly (no, I have no idea if he actually holds his pencil tightly when he drew this book). Haun doesn't get to necessarily cut loose as much as we've seen in past books but you can easily see there are big things coming.

The Bad

We're off to a great start but that doesn't mean I've fully accepted Hine's new direction. He still has to prove himself to be a worthy successor to Hester and while the ending here was really interesting, the follow up execution could be telling.

The second decision Jackie makes here is pretty big. But it's interesting that right away we're seeing that all his actions to create a perfect world/universe are so quickly showing. Obviously have a bunch of issues of pure happiness for Jackie would be boring. Maybe it's just a way to show that he most likely isn't thinking everything through completely.

The Verdict

Readers of THE DARKNESS were saddened by the end of Hester's run. Does David Hine have what it takes to take over? Based on this issue, it's a strong heart-felt yes. I was a tiny bit skeptical when I first heard about Rebirth as a way to softly reboot the Top Cow universe. This issue proves that it was an idea that could work. This is a good jumping on point. Everything is new yet still completely familiar to long time readers. Jackie's making some pretty bold and crazy decisions. THE DARKNESS is definitely a book to keep an eye on. I can't wait to see how Hine will follow up this issue.

9 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I'm pretty much sold on Hine taking over this, I will miss Hester as his run was amazing

Posted by colinjw

I have not read the darkness in ages but I still think it is a great idea. Maybe I will pick it up here and also work foreword from where I left off last time.

Posted by Soulstealer

@colinjw said:

I have not read the darkness in ages but I still think it is a great idea. Maybe I will pick it up here and also work foreword from where I left off last time.

You should. It's my favorite book hands down and while I am one of those that want to see Hine prove himself, I've given up leaping before I look, so I'm down for seeing where this goes. I have high hopes and refuse to be a moody fanboy.

Posted by Pbott

@Soulstealer said:

@colinjw said:

I have not read the darkness in ages but I still think it is a great idea. Maybe I will pick it up here and also work foreword from where I left off last time.

You should. It's my favorite book hands down and while I am one of those that want to see Hine prove himself, I've given up leaping before I look, so I'm down for seeing where this goes. I have high hopes and refuse to be a moody fanboy.

I just got into the topcow books with Ron Marz,'s run on witchblade and love it. I also want to go back and read some of the Darkness I will for sure read hesters run but what about the stuff before it is it worth reading?

Posted by Soulstealer

@Pbott said:

@Soulstealer said:

@colinjw said:

I have not read the darkness in ages but I still think it is a great idea. Maybe I will pick it up here and also work foreword from where I left off last time.

You should. It's my favorite book hands down and while I am one of those that want to see Hine prove himself, I've given up leaping before I look, so I'm down for seeing where this goes. I have high hopes and refuse to be a moody fanboy.

I just got into the topcow books with Ron Marz,'s run on witchblade and love it. I also want to go back and read some of the Darkness I will for sure read hesters run but what about the stuff before it is it worth reading?

To be honest, the only Darkness that I don't absolutely love are some of the crossovers (I.e. Predator, Aliens, stuff along those lines). Everything else is full of good stories and back story that at least for me really fleshed things out. I won't pretend it's flawless or anything, but worth reading, I'd say yes.

Posted by Aiden Cross

@Soulstealer: Ugh.. don't remind me of the Predator crossover, the probing and the continously having to be saved by Sara... ugh..

Posted by Soulstealer

@Aiden Cross said:

@Soulstealer: Ugh.. don't remind me of the Predator crossover, the probing and the continously having to be saved by Sara... ugh..

Don't forget that female predator getting the witchblade... some of the crossovers are complete craziness...

Sara + Jackie + Laura Croft character interactions do = awesome though.

Posted by Thorgoki

Thinking about picking this up or some other really solid story reads, this worth it?

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

I actually started this series BECAUSE I heard Hine was taking over.

That and the concept has always seemed interesting.

I feel like the story rushed into a big decision considering this is a jumping on point, but I feel the weight behind it, so, whatever.

If I wanted to go back, should I start with Hester's run or even further back?