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Current events The Darkness is a series of American comic books produced by Top Cow The Darkness
Random article Productions. The comic first appeared in 1996 and enjoyed an initial period of
Interaction relative success during the Top Cow/Image Comics boom of the late 1990s.
However, Top Cow was forced to "re-launch" the comic in 2002 after sales began
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to drop. The Darkness has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
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Contents [hide]
1 The Darkness
Toolbox 1.1 Jackie Estacado
Print/export 2 Enemies and Allies
2.1 The Angelus
Languages 2.2 Appolonia Franchetti
Deutsch 2.3 The Witchblade
Español 2.4 The Magdalena
Français 2.5 Capris Castiglione
Bahasa Indonesia 3 Powers and abilities
Italiano 4 Other users
‫עברית‬ 5 Other appearances
Português 6 Collections
7 Other media The Darkness. Art by Marc Silvestri
7.1 Film
Publication information
7.2 Video game
8 References Publisher Image Comics
9 Footnotes First Witchblade #10 (1996)
Created by David Wohl
The Darkness [edit]
Marc Silvestri
Garth Ennis
The Darkness is one of the two primal forces of the universe. A male entity of
dark which represents chaos. The Darkness is engaged in an internal war with In-story information
his natural, female counterpart, The Angelus. However he and The Angelus Alter ego Jackie Estacado
created a sexual truce and they became the parents of The Witchblade. The Team Mafia
Darkness chooses males as its hosts as it passes on from father to son, affiliations
leaving the previous user (and taking his life) as his first child is conceived. The Abilities The power of The Darkness, an
Darkness then awakens within the host on his 21st birthday. Darkness hosts ancient unholy power that allows
can create anything they desire with The Darkness, even sentient beings, but him to create virtually anything,
anything they make will crumble to dust in the light. The Darkness is quite including living, sentient beings, out
deadly allowing the user to manipulate the shadows/dark to call forth darkling of darkness; skilled fighter and
minions to do his bidding and even survive gunshots. It can also be used to
maul and feed on people. The Darkness does not function except in the dark,
but some users can also manipulate this by creating their own shadows/darkness (smoke-grenades, turning off lights in a room,
being underground, etc.).

Jackie Estacado [edit]

Jackie Estacado is the current wielder of The Darkness, and hitman for the Franchetti Family mob. He is a very violent and
sexual man who, until gaining the powers of The Darkness, lived life in the fast lane. Of course, because of the possibility of
impregnating a woman causing his own death through The Darkness, Jackie tries to refrain from sex, to his great frustration.
Though Jackie lives life on the wrong side of the law and can kill without remorse, he has a set of morals he follows, and always
tries to protect those he cares about.
Jackie joined the Mafia at a very early age, after being recruited by a mafia don named Frankie "Kill-the-children-too" Franchetti.
He was picked up at the orphanage after Frankie was prompted by a mysterious stranger named Sonatine, who told Frankie that
having Jackie around would bring him tremendous power. Jackie came to the mafia life easily, losing his virginity to a female
officer, during interrogation, at age 14. He grew up, or more accurately matured, very quickly, and soon enjoyed the life of sex
and violence. However, when he turned 21, his dark powers awakened and he learned of his evil inheritance. At first, this power
was a blessing, allowing his job as a professional hitman to run more smoothly and work in more novel ways. However, with this
power came many enemies.
Early on, Jackie spent much of his time escaping from or fighting the Angelus (who wants to kill him), and Sonatine and his

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Brotherhood of The Darkness (who wish to capture him and steal his powers). Eventually, Jackie chose to quit the mob, but
found it easier said than done. Jackie had turned on his adoptive father, Don Frankie Franchetti, to get a clean slate and exit
from his life of crime after a meeting with Batman. (Batman/Darkness crossover) However, after Jackie's "uncle" Frankie
kidnapped Jenny, a childhood friend of Jackie's, Frankie killed her and sent a videotape to Jackie in revenge. Jackie could not
take this and called out Frenchetti's mob, leading them to an abandoned warehouse covered in gasoline. When the crew arrived
to kill Estacado, Jackie threw down his lighter and blew the place, and all its occupants, to bits. (Darkness vol. 1 #40) Over the
course of this series, Jackie makes uneasy alliances with Sara Pezzini, the most recent user of The Witchblade.
Jackie spent two days (or what seemed to him like 'a million years') afterward wandering around Hell, searching for Jenny, until
Tom Judge came and gave him hope, a gift that allows men to exit Hell. (Universe #3) Jackie's body was then reconstructed by
The Darkness. (Darkness vol. 2 #1)
Jackie returned to find the Franchetti mob taken over by Frankie's cousin, Paulie. Paulie was able to discover Jackie's secret as
well as a long-lost sister of Jenny's. Using this information, Paulie blackmailed Jackie into doing hits for him. Along the way,
Jackie learned how to construct a gun out of The Darkness. Later, Jackie discovered the identity of the hitman following Jenny's
sister, killed him, and took his revenge on Paulie as well. This led to Jackie taking control of the Franchetti family. Since taking
control of the Franchetti family, Jackie has vastly expanded his mafia, taken on the Triads, and fought the Russian Mafia in
Atlantic City.
Being the Don of the Italian Mafia in New York did not last long however. In search for the revenge the new Angelus once again
confronts Jackie (Witchblade First Born #1 - 3) and with the help of Patience the Magdalena and Witchblade wielder Danielle,
Estacado manages to crush her, losing everything he had gained. He flees to Sierra Muñoz in hope of establishing a new empire
there. (Darkness Vol.3 #1)
Jackie Estacado is also the biological father of Hope Pezzini, Sara Pezzini's mystical child. He himself could not explain it
properly apart from saying that it had to with 'Darkness wanting to tip the balance'. The Darkness entity itself confirms this to
Patience (Witchblade #110) by saying that it used Jackie as raw material to settle the matter with Angelus once and for all.
Recently, (Darkness Vol. 3 # 1-2) Jackie has established a drug cartel in Sierra Muñoz with a narcotic made from his own bodily
fluids thanks to the help of a demented, but brilliant scientist named Professor Kirchner. With the Darkness, Jackie is able to
take control of the small tropical republic, build himself an impenetrable fortress, an army and eventually, even a lover he calls
Most of these come at a price since the residents of Sierra Muñoz don't take very kindly to him. To express their distaste, they
perform various acts of guerrilla warfare and in their struggle for liberation, they have found themselves a sponsor in their struggle-
The United States. Jackie went to fight the army head on and using the Darkness he was able to take out the entire fleet.
Returning his fortress he is betrayed by Kirchner and loses control of his power with his darklings turning on him. Jackie was left
for dead after being shot in the neck and thrown down a waterfall. Upon his capture he made a deal with the local rebels agreeing
to rid the island of the drug. In doing so he crossed paths with Elle and she showed Jackie that she is pregnant with his baby.
The child however killed Elle upon birth, grew to full maturity and killed Professor Kirchner. A fight between father and son ended
when Jackie left the creature in the upper atmosphere just as dawn was breaking. The creature was then destroyed by the suns
rays as it was completely a construct of the Darkness.
After crashing to Earth following this battle, Jackie was 'broken'. He was only able to draw just enough strength to keep himself
alive through a number of fights while trying to stay alive. During one such fight, he was knocked out and taken to a being known
as The Souvereign, who was a being capable of inhabiting any statue bearing his likeness, who told Jackie he died for an instant
after fighting his child. This separated his soul from his body, leaving him in his broken state. In return for a number of
assassinations, the Souvereign would reunite Jackie with his soul.
The assassinations Jackie was sent on were meant to return to hell evil souls, who had previously made a deal with The
Sovereign to take over human bodies. After one such mission in Africa, Jackie was enticed by a beautiful woman with a red scarf,
who motioned for him to follow. As he was about to follow her into a house, he was stopped by a man who claimed to have once
wielded the Darkness, but had completely discarded the power without killing him. He warned Jackie of the trap laid hundreds of
years earlier, which Jackie ignored.
Inside the building the woman waited, along with a Djinn which was created to kill Darkness wielders. Eventually, Jackie
understood that both the woman and the Djinn were cursed themselves, to live only to kill users of the evil power. By strangling
the woman, both were released. Outside, Jackie was once more confronted by the old Darkness user, who explained the power
was still completely within him, only held back by his own wish to be without the Darkness. Through a series of insults and
physical attacks, Jackie once more drew on the full power of the Darkness, claiming to be sick of people who tried to mess with
him. Together with the always talkative Darklings, he stated his desire to return home.
Attacking the building where the Sovereign held his base, Jackie found himself caught in a room flooded with artificial sunlight
and a score of bodies controlled by the Sovereign. With the help of the Darklings biting the power lines outside, Jackie destroyed
all the bodies, leaving only one man behind. Jackie, impressed with the ability of this man to stay calm where all the other
mercenaries had panicked, offered him a job.
Jackie quickly brought together a group of people with distinct skills for a single purpose: to destroy each and every statue that
might be used by the Sovereign, effectively removing his presence from Earth. During this time, Jackie was called by Sara who
suspected him of robbing a number of New York banks. During a meeting in broad daylight Sara warned Jackie to stay away
from the city, not wanting to tell her daughter Hope that mommy had killed daddy. Jackie agreed and instructed his new
employees that under no circumstance were they to enter the city of New York.Jackie and histeamthen go on a world tour finding
and destroying stone bodies that The Sovereign could use as hosts. One of these trips takes him to Fort Knox where a host
statue is held.During the raid Jackie discovers that The Soverign has already taken over the statue as it is radiating light.Jackie
is forced to take the Soverign-possessed statue with them he orders his team to detonate the explosives they had set earlier.
Unfortunately for Jackie, he falls from the van and is left helpless as tanks and marines surround him on orders by Major
White,who somehow survived the explosion back in Sierra Munoz.

Enemies and Allies [edit]

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The Angelus [edit]
The embodiment of the Light and the opposing force of The Darkness, the Angelus is one of Jackie's mortal enemy. The Angelus
retains the memories of all of her previous host's lives and has led many crusades against Jackie in seeking to rid the world of
The Darkness.
The powers of the Angelus are similar to the powers of The Darkness as both have the ability to create sentient beings, both
commands a host of minions to do their bidding, she has the power of flight, can conjure weapons at will and fire bolts of light
and teleport herself and other beings (as she did to the bearer of the Ember Stone).
Like the Darkness the Angelus' power does have it limits too. While the Darkness cannot function at all in the light the Angelus
can function in the dark but only for short periods of time as it completely drains her power.
The first modern host was the catatonic wife of Uncle Frankie, Lauren Franchetti. After she is killed the power initially possesses
Velocity of Cyberforce but it is immediately driven from her body by Cyberforce. She then finds a new host in Celestine Wright
until she herself is killed during the events of Broken Trinity. The current Angelus is the former Witchblade host Danielle Baptiste.

Appolonia Franchetti [edit]

The daughter of Don Frankie, and the vengeful child of the catatonic Lauren Franchetti, who watched as her father murdered her
mother's lover, which caused her to go into a coma. Responsible for the Angelus' return, and unsuccessfully trying to overthrow
the Franchetti family, Appolonia is left in a coma. But she is brought out of this state with a fragment from the Spear of Destiny,
the Magdalena's weapon, and branches out into her own side of The Darkness herself. After being banished by The Angelus she
mysteriously reappears on the anniversary of her parents' marriage. She is generally happy to see Jackie and is terrified of her
mother (as she feels there is nothing remaining of her). Appolonia appears to be in league with The Angelus, setting up Jackie,
but in reality betrays The Angelus when she is about to kill Magdalena & Jackie. Appolonia kills her mother with the Spear of
Destiny, ending her mother's suffering. Lauren dies with tears of joy and is happy to see both Jackie and her daughter.
Appolonia's current whereabouts are unknown.

The Witchblade [edit]

Each generation one random woman is chosen to wield The Witch, a mystical, symbiotic artifact of enormous power. This
generation's wielder is Sara Pezzini, a New York City detective. Sara teamed up with Jackie first in the Family Ties crossover,
and again later to fight the Necrobi. Sara has also hassled Wade Wilson about his Midnight activities during the second run of
the comic.

The Magdalena [edit]

The Magdalena was first introduced to Top Cow in The Darkness series, and has appeared a few times in the comic during her
reign. Descended from Mary Magdalene, the first Magdalena we are introduced to was Sister Mariella, the daughter of Sister
Rosalia. Mariella was prematurely sent to battle Jackie, and since she was brought up in a twisted sect of the church, was a
wild fanatic who did not know right from wrong. She was left for dead, but recovered, only to battle with the Angelus and again be
left for dead. Mariella hasn't been seen since.
Afterwards, Patience, the current Magdalena, is sent out to attack The Darkness, and Jackie mistakes her for Mariella, as does
the Angelus. After explaining the situation to him, they end up teaming up against the Angelus, and Patience is possessed by
her spirit. Jackie saves her, and the Angelus flees. Patience aided Jackie in defending Sara while she was in labor with their
child. The baby is the offspring of the Darkness & Witchblade bearer thus the Angelus saw it as a threat.

Capris Castiglione [edit]

Jackie has a twin sister named Capris Castiglione. The two were separated when they were just babies. Worried about
Darkness's power and influence on her other child, their mother entrust Capris to Father Brendan. He raised her in an orphanage
as if she is his own daughter. Capris' destiny gets twisted when she finds her best friend Blair murdered. She discovered that
Blair was used in illegal porno movies. When Father Brendan was dying, he revealed Capris's past and twin brother to her. She
meets a Native American by the name of Robert Bearclaw (Ripclaw of Cyberforce) who teaches her how to use the limited
Darkness powers that she inherited from her father.
Five years later, full of hatred, Capris sought out the men responsible for her friend's death. She pretended to be stripper named
Tiffany and waited for a right moment to kill them. Ripclaw followed her on the revenge trip and offered to resume training her in
the use of the Darkness. When she meets her brother, Jackie Estacado, for the first time, she tells him where the Angelus is
holding Frankie, and then disappears. When Jackie needed to fight Cherubs, and Ripclaw took him to the spirit world, Capris
looked after their earthly bodies and kept Jenny company.

Powers and abilities [edit]

Jackie wields the immense incomprehensible powers and abilities of The Darkness, a universal force of chaos and creation. This
gives him the incredible power and ability to work an amazing number of effects, from greatly significantly strengthening and
increasing his own strength and durability to creating sentient life (commonly in the form of Darklings, small, foul-mouthed imps
that do his bidding). Jackie most commonly uses The Darkness to craft a suit of mystical body armor about himself, as well as
creating shadowy, fanged tentacles and clawed Darklings to eviscerate his opponents.
The limits of The Darkness's power and ability is unknown, though it does not function at all in strong light, which turns anything
it created into dust. Jackie would appear to have some limited prescience, and has, on a few occasions, seen how individuals
will die. (The Darkness vol. 2, Issues #1-3)
More recent comics show Jackie as having the power and ability to generate permanent physical objects (such as water, and the
drug known as Nightfall) as well as technically creating "life" in the form of his lover, Elle. He is able to create these things
through practice, and the guidance of Professor Kirchner. During this time, Jackie becomes a drug lord his powers and abilities
evolve to form the goblin like darklings into larger hulking more malevolent forms. The palace in which he lives is also constructed

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from the Darkness, and changes and reforms to Jackie's will, allowing him to technically shift through space and time and get to
the places he wants to go faster.
On top of his mystical abilities, Jackie is a top-notch mafia hitman and is a master marksman (with a preference for dual 9 mm
handguns) as well as being a formidable hand-to-hand fighter.

Other users [edit]

The Darkness has been around for at least a few millennia, and thus has been used by many men (being passed down from
father to son). A lot of these other users can be seen in the mini-series, Tales of The Darkness.[1] In one instance, the powers of
The Darkness were siphoned from Jackie by Ian Nottingham. One of the most well known users outside of Jackie has been the
pirate Captain Miguel Estacado, who was the main character of Ron Marz's The Darkness: Black Sails.[2] Jackie's twin sister
Capris Castiglione is also a user of Darkness, the only known female user to date.
In the one-shot comic Darkness Infinity,[3] present-day Earth is destroyed by The Darkness, and in the distant future, an alien
race discovers the remains of the planet, and a space shuttle on the moon, which, according to the shuttle's records, was in
orbit of Earth when the planet was destroyed. Apparently, after Earth was destroyed, The Darkness began looking for a new host,
and found the crew of the shuttle, which it possessed, until the crew killed each other.
The alien newcomers were the first to discover Earth, and therefore the first opportunity The Darkness had to inhabit a new host.
The comic ends with The Darkness possessing the crew leaving the captain of the ship all alone, and taking off to cause
destruction throughout the galaxy, as The Darkness has done for millennia, on thousands of inhabited planets.

Other appearances [edit]

Jackie has appeared in crossover story lines involving Lara Croft, Sara Pezzini, Jane Vasko, Clark Kent, the xenomorphs, the
Predators, Eva - Daughter of Dracula, The Hulk, Bruce Wayne, Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, and Wolverine.
The first two exist in a shared continuity with The Darkness. Several are non-canonical for the crossover heroes, but several of
the other crossover are canonical as the events in this crossover are later referred to and have repercussions in The Darkness
comic & Top Cow Universe.

Collections [edit]

The series has been collected into a series of trade paperbacks:

Volume 1 (1996–2001):
Coming of Age (176 pages, collects Preview and The Darkness #1-6, 1998, ISBN 1582400326)
Ultimate Collection (352 pages, collects The Darkness Volume 1 issues #1-6 and #40, Volume 2 issues #1-6, 2007, ISBN
Heart of Darkness (144 pages, collects The Darkness #7-8, 11-14, 2001, ISBN 1582402051)
Spear of Destiny (106 pages, collects The Darkness #15-18, 2000, ISBN 1582401470)
Original Sin (166 pages, collects The Darkness #15-25, 2005, ISBN 1582404593)
Flesh and Blood (464 pages, collects The Darkness #26-39, October 2005, ISBN 1582405387)
Compendium (1280 pages, collects The Darkness#1-40, Tales of the Darkness #1-4 and Darkness: Wanted Dead,
December 2006, ISBN 158240643X, November 2007, ISBN 1582408017)
Volume 2 (2002–2005):
Resurrection (176 pages, collects The Darkness Volume 1 #40, Volume 2 #1-6, 2004, ISBN 158240349X)
Demon Inside (272 pages, collects The Darkness #7-16 and Darkness: Wanted Dead, January 2007, ISBN 1582406464)
Depths Of Hell (224 pages, collects The Darkness #17-24, September 2007, ISBN 1582407959)
The Darkness Vs. Eva - Daughter of Dracula (104 pages, collects The Darkness Vs. Eva issues #1-4, 2008, ISBN
Volume 3 (2008-):
Accursed: Volume 1 (160 pages, collects The Darkness Volume 3 #1-6, September 2008, ISBN 1582409587)
Accursed: Volume 2 (140 pages, collects The Darkness Volume 3 #7-11, October 2009, ISBN 1607060442)
Accursed: Volume 3 (160 pages, collects The Darkness Volume 3 #12-15 (#76-#79 with legacy numbering), June 2010,
ISBN 1607061007)

Other media [edit]

Film [edit]
In December 2004, Dimension Films paid an undisclosed six-figure sum to develop a possible movie based on the comic,
planned for release in 2008 but has not been released yet. The comic was pitched as a similar movie to The Crow, which was
also produced by Dimension.[citation needed]
According to Newsarama, Top Cow president Matt Hawkins revealed that a live-action film based on the comic is in development.
Details on the project were light, with Hawkins only saying that Scott Stuber Productions (The Kingdom, The Break-Up) was
attached to produce. [1]

Video game [edit]

Main article: The Darkness (video game)
In March 2005, "The Darkness" was licensed by Majesco for a console game to be developed by Starbreeze Studios. 2K Games
later obtained the rights to the game, and the first-person shooter was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 console
systems on June 25, 2007 in the United States and on June 29, 2007 in the EU (Xbox 360 only - PS3 version was released on

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July 20) .
To promote the video game a five-issue mini-series was released, with each issue chronicling a chapter of the game. In June
2007 it was collected into a trade paperback (ISBN 1582407975).[4] The game is mostly based on the events of the first volume
of the Darkness comics, however it does alter some key elements such as having Paulie being the one that adopts Jackie.
During the game, The Darkness holds true to the comics, with the same powers. Though the Darkness becomes extremely
resilient, and tries to make you kill people, it is relatively docile toward the beginning of the game. By the time The Darkness
realizes you are taking control, it then starts to try to persuade you to stop.
Marc Silvestri noted in an interview that a sequel to the first game is in the works.

References [edit]

The Darkness (1996-2001) at the Grand Comics Database

The Darkness (1996-2001) at the Comic Book DB
The Darkness (2002-2005) at the Grand Comics Database
The Darkness (2002-2005) at the Comic Book DB
THE PULSE news of Phil Hester ongoing Darkness Series

Footnotes [edit]

1. ^ Tales of The Darkness at the Comic Book DB

2. ^ The Darkness: Black Sails at the Comic Book DB
3. ^ The Darkness: Infinity at the Comic Book DB
4. ^ The Darkness: Levels at the Comic Book DB

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