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The Series begins in New York City, with Jackie Estacado being introduced as he is stalking an undisclosed person for his "Uncle" Frank Franchetti. The two suspect that this man has been scamming the Franchetti Crime Family and decide on a whim that he would be better off dead. With that, Jackie turns on his red sports car, crushes the man's lower body with the car and then shoot him several times until he's dead.
He then goes to the bar where he meets Jenny Romano and asks for a glass of milk, much to the latter's suprise. He's then seen flirting with some of the girls inside the bar and eventually leaves with one of them, "promising" her that he could try and get her an acting part. Whilst he's at his home with the woman, the reader is introduced to Sonatine who is spying on him through a mystical source as well as the Angelus (the host at the time), who wants to kill him the moment he gains The Darkness for the first time, with the hopes of ending the line of heirs to heir the latter.
The next day he meets up with Uncle Franchetti, who is in the middle of dealing with some problems he has with some of his competitors. A Frag grenade gets thrown into the room and Jackie saves Don Franchetti, albeit with one casuality. Later when he is seen loading his gun and subsequently, precisely at midnight, he starts hearing The Darkness for the first time as falls to the ground due to the immense pain he feels. Two groups are then seen attacking Jackie, with the hopes of dealing with him. The first is the Brotherhood of the Darkness and the second one is a group of the Angelus' warriors. The Brotherhood is easily overwhelmed by the latter group, which are eventually killed off by Jackie using the Darkness for the first time. A member of the enemy mafia however enters and attempts to kill Jackie in a moment of weakness, but the latter manages to save himself by summoning his armor around his body and killing him. He later goes to the mansion of the enemy Don and manages to kill him by summoning Darkness up the toilet.