Before delving into this little collection (which binds together the first six issues of the new Darkness series), my knowledge of this particular character consisted of two very small details: One was that Jackie Estacado was a mob hitman, while the other was that he had bizarre, Witchbladey type powers that he used to slap people silly with. Other than that though, he was a blank slate shrouded by the usual connotations and ideas that come with any Top Cow book. What do I mean by that? Well, not to throw out blanket generalities or anything, but the majority of Top Cow books consist of copious amounts of cheescake, cheesy dialogue and weak and ineffective storylines. Still, what’s the saying we learned as kids? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, I think. Yeah, that saying comes into play with The Darkness. Another thing that comes into play is writer extraordinaire Phil Hester.