Prelude Sets Stage for The Darkness #1 Comic by Dale Keown and
"Darkness" Lights Up! WITH THE Top Cow and Dynamic
18, 2002, Runnemede, NJ - It's always brightest before
the darkness falls. In this case, The Darkness Prelude from
Dynamic Forces and Top Cow is set to shine the way for Darkness
#1 from Top Cow.
Dynamic Forces president Nick Barrucci approached us about
creating an exclusive lead-in story to the new Darkness #1,
it seemed like a good idea," said Matt Hawkins,
President of Top Cow Productions, Inc. "When he told
me he had Jae Lee already signed up to do the art and Paul
Jenkins on board to write, how could I refuse? Jae and Paul
are gods in their respective craft and putting them together
as a precursor to one of our biggest books of the year works
out perfectly for us."
Prelude (Volume 2) begins the process of reintroducing mobster
Jackie Estacado to the world of graphic literature. But this
time, thanks to the writing of Paul Jenkins and the talented
penciling of Jae Lee, Estacado glows with renewed vigor and
energy in this limited edition story that needed to be told.
states "The Darkness is about atmosphere: there is
a character in every shadow, and this is what I have tried
to portray in this script. I need say nothing more about Jae
and Jose than that they drew every single character I asked
is a great chance to work with Paul on a totally different
type of character. I feel like I'm creating some of my best
work between this and the Captain America story I'm working
on right now, so I am really happy to be doing this!"
and Paul Jenkins, the team responsible for the Eisner award
winning series the Inhumans, have turned the Darkness into
a truly frightening creation in this Prelude. Jackie Estacado
is now a haunted man: gone are the superheroesque accouterments
and the goblin retinue. This is an anti-hero reminiscent of
the long-gone Hellshock, with a dark side more reminiscent
of Joel Peter Witkin than of J. R. R. Tolkien. Definitely
not for the faint at heart!
year, both Jae and I were nominated for the Eisner awards
for our efforts in Fantastic Four 1234, and nine pages from
it were exhibited in the Museum of American Illustration in
New York City. It is an honor, as well as a pleasure to collaborate
with him again and help bring to life his vision of this very
different Darkness." Jose Villarrubia
have the highest regards for Marc Silvestri and the creators
of Top Cow and I think that the team of Paul Jenkins and Jae
Lee is one of the most brilliant contemporary teams of our
time. Their Inhumans series is just brilliant. When Jae mentioned
he had a little downtime in between Captain America scripts,
he jumped on the chance to work with Paul," added
Barrucci. "It is some of Jae's most fantastic work,
the script by Paul is just brilliant - I would have expected
no less from him -- and this is a story fans will really love."
is just the tip of the iceberg! Dynamic Forces is teaming
up with Top Cow productions to bring you stories by Mark Millar,
Bill Sienkiewicz, John Cassaday, Peter Milligan, Geoff Johns
and Mark Texeira! Stay tuned for more information!
Prelude Dynamic Forces and Top Cow exclusive comic is scheduled
to ship in November -- in time to accompany the release of
story has two covers and each cover is limited to 5,000 copies
IN THE WORLD! Each copy comes with a certificate with authenticity.
Also available is a signed version and a Re-Marked by Jae
And for the ultra-collectors there is the CGC Graded Edition!
For more information, please visit the Dynamic Forces web
site at www.dynamicforces.com.