Artifacts #32 Review

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What could be the final issue for the series architect has arrived, but does he end his time with this franchise on a high note?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

Tom Judge is no stranger to Hell and the horrors it conjures. In his effort to redeem Jackie Estacado’s accursed soul, he finds something much more surprising. But what he won’t find represents and even darker omen.

Artifacts-32_CThere’s a lot up in the air, as the collective quarters of the Top Cow universe come to terms with the shocking image of a fallen player found within the pages of Witchblade #170.  For our former priest, he’s taken it upon himself to attempt to replay his role in the resurrection of The Darkness.  And to the team’s credit they let their tale follow a natural progression but one that eventually leads to solid but new ground.

What Ron Marz has done to this shared space has been simply astounding.  From the driver’s seat he used the initial thirteen issues to end the previous iteration of this world, only to usher in a new one filled with re-imagined dangers.  As this rebirth unleashed terrors, the once event book shifted into a fitting monthly format that followed the exploits of either new or previous bearers of these ancient powers. Now, before he departs, the author makes sure to transition the book once again allowing it to ask a very important question: just where the hell is Jackie Estacado?

The art by Chan-Hyuk Lee is a carefully point by point display that has some minor inconsistencies but nonetheless delivers the striking visuals fans have come to expect.  It’s true that he doesn’t match all the quality names that have come before him, but he still nails enough visual meat to make the eyes of any fanboy or fangirl dance with glee.  In short: he never uplifts or hinders the narrative path but instead does just what he needs to do in order to keep it on task.

Artifacts #32 is a release that followers of The Darkness need to buy. Recommended.



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