Darkness Visible #3 ComicWow! Review

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Mike Carey worked on Unwritten, Lucifer, Girl with All the Gifts, Hellblazer, 2000AD, X-Men: Legacy, and more.

Arvind Ethan David’s credits include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, but he is more known for his work as a film producer and screenwriter.  His credits include Tormented, Dirk, Faintheart, French Film, Sugarhouse, The Infidel, and an upcoming supernatural action film called Wake.

Livio Ramondelli’s credits include Transformers, Infestation, GI Joe, Star Wars, Prototype, Battlestar Galactica, and more.

This is a different kind of issue.  It’s a lot of deep background history and exposition.  It shows the first meeting between Churchill and the Shaithan, back in the depths of World War II.  It shows the deal that was struck between the British Government and the demons.  It shows how the demons helped the British win the war.  Then, it shows their subsequent integration into modern British society and lays out the groundwork for the series.

Carey and David’s writing is different here.  They are not moving the modern-day plot forward; they are providing tremendous backstory and helping readers to understand how England became a country that accepted demons as a valued and legitimate minority into their society.

LIvio Ramondelli is not the “regular” artist for Darkness Visible.  The artist for issues one and two is Brendan Cahill.  Their styles are very similar.  Ramondelli’s work seems to show a strong sense of line, and almost painted.  This gives it a bit of a “historical” feel.  It’s similar at some points to looking at historical paintings or the illustrations in a history book.

Although dropping out of the major storyline for an entire issue – particularly at a very significant point in the series – is highly unusual, the creative team may have felt that it was important to establish characters and plotline before “dropping back” and giving this deep background to the readers.  Leading off with it might have been too much of a spoiler.

This creative team has been working to create a detailed and plausible alternative universe.  In this issue, they are creating a plausible and believable history to support it. This is an important issue to the series, so you don’t want to miss out on it!

Writers: Mike Carey & Arvind Ethan David

Artist: Livio Ramondelli