[ENGLISH] Top Cow tell us: LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 8th, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that The Darkness issue #76, which will be released in March 25th, will contain a variant cover contributed by artist Josh Medors (30 Days of Night, Runes of Ragnan). As many in the comic community are aware, Medors has been courageously combating a rare form of cancer since 2008. A second cover for The Darkness #76, illustrated by artist Frazer Irving (Silent War), will also be offered.
“I had a great time working on this. Jackie has always been one of my favorite Top Cow characters, so to get a chance to work on a Darkness cover was amazing,” explained Medors, “I was a bit nervous going in to it, but the gang over at Top Cow was great. I think the finished piece turned out fantastic.”
(Fans and retailers should note that the Legacy Issue Numbering has taken effect and that The Darkness #76 is actually #12 of the current volume. Legacy Numbering denotes the total number of issues of The Darkness ever published, regardless of volume.
The story, penned by current series writer Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Firebreather), picks up where issue #74 left off with current Darkness bearer Jackie Estacado in service to The Sovereign. The manipulative Sovereign is an ancient demon who can project his conscience into any object bearing his likeness. This issue will also introduce a brand new character who will change Jackie’s perception of The Darkness forever. Penciler Michael Broussard and inker Ryan Winn also return as the art team with The Darkness #76.
According to Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, Countdown, Deadpool),“The team of Hester and Broussard are in top form and The Darkness never looked or read better. In a time when more and more books are not what they used to be, The Darkness is proving to be one of the most twisted fun titles out there. Take it from a guy that enjoys evil fun. The Darkness team of Hester and Broussard are delivering some of the best work of their careers.”