Thursday, April 5, 2012

REVIEW: The Darkness: Origins, Volumes 1 & 2 by Garth Ennis

cover of The Darkness Origins Volume 1 by Garth Ennis
Title: The Darkness: Origins, Volumes 1 & 2
Author: Garth Ennis
Genre: Fantasy
Challenge: E-Book Challenge 2012
Rating: 5 stars (Vol 1), 2 stars (Vol 2)

Jackie Estacado is your average 20 year old.  You know, women and fast cars.  Oh, and he's also an assassin for a crime family.  You know, totally normal.  On the eve of his 21st birthday, Jackie discovers that he has a gift that allows him to control demons from another deminsions, The Darkness.  And of course, there are people that don't want Jackie to wield this gift and set out to destroy him.

These two volumes take you through the beginning of Jackie's time with this 'gift' and explains how he comes by it.  The first volume is the one that really goes through who Jackie is, how he came to be who he is, how he came to be an assassin and it introduces you to the gift and the people that actually want the gift.  Some of the people that appear in this volume are the same people that appear in the second video game.  The artwork in this volume was fantastic, that was something that I really enjoyed.

Cover of The Darkness Origins Volume 2 by Garth Ennis
In the second volume, the artwork was just as good, but this was about the best thing about the volume.  It started out where the other volume left off, but you get three issues into this volume and then suddenly you go from I think issue #9 to issue #17.  So there have been all these things that have happened between that time and you have new characters and something called a Witchblade and you're like "What the hell is going on here?"  Maybe if you're a seasoned comic book reader, you would have an idea of what that way, but I had no idea and it made me like that volume a lot less.

Overall though, I really liked the artwork, I enjoyed the story when I could follow it, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys comic books of that nature.

One more thing, I read both Volumes on my ipod.  I downloaded the Comixology app onto it, and you can download the volumes or issues directly to your ipod or iphone or ipad.  You can also purchase different things in the app and you can delete them and redownload them anytime you want.  And the app itself is free.  It features guided reading, which really helped me, because I think had I been reading it on a page, I would have skipped around and managed to confuse myself even more.  I think the app is pretty awesome, and you should check out the site and the app if you're a comic reader!

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