Review: The Darkness/Pitt #2 by Paul Jenkins and Dale Keown

Posted by September 23, 2009 Comment


Where The Pitt worked best was in the contrast between it’s two protagonists, the cheeky psychic Timmy and his half brother the hulking humourless Pitt. Where the The Darkness/Pitt works is by turning Timmy into the peanut gallery and let the contrast increase between the dour Pitt and the cocky Ennis-created-and-still enthused Jackie Estrada who just can’t take this chain-laden beast seriously, even when eviscerated bodies are raining down.

This series has been three years in the making and Keown’s artwork looks as painstaking as ever, A Jim Lee stylistic approach married to a Phil Winsdale attention to detail and layering of levels. It is quite easy to forget the story and spend fifteen minutes just staring at the hair on a character, marvelling at his individual strand crosses another strand. The style only really causes problems in the blood spatter scenes and, yes, they are a lot. Keown’s intricate style depicts blood as some kind of plastic netting.

But there’s a hell of a lot of character conflict, cracking dialogue with some note=perfect channelling of Ennis by Paul Jenkins here, as well as a totally convincing awe-inspired young child prodigy in Timmy, generally finding it all hilarious and inconsequential, new-media-age child that he is. Even when this kind of thing happens.


The Darkenss/Pitt #2 is published today by Image Comics.

(Last Updated September 23, 2009 6:40 pm )