Review: The Darkness: Vicious Traditions (One-Shot) - Comics for Sinners


Published on February 6th, 2014 | by Richard Boom

Review: The Darkness: Vicious Traditions (One-Shot)

darkness_viciousTop Cow introduces a story of The Darkness called Vicious Traditions by Zero writer Ales Kot and the dark sure has stepped in to take lead.

In the era of the Roman Empire and their legions trying to secure more land, the troops led by Legatus encounter a former Darkness-wielding Estacado deep within the Visigoth territory and in a very honest turn of events, they have a fairly civilized conversation of the madness which is war. Ultimately the outcome is the same, but the no-nonsense and honesty of both parties is making sure the narrative voice-over messages hit home.

There is no glory in dying, no hope in murder, no honour in raping your captives, no respect in turning children into War Childs. The act of waging war and the atrocities to go with it are what the civilized society will turn into songs, poems and heroic stories to mask the evil it really is.

By accepting society but certainly also accepting what war really is all about, Ales Kot is telling it like it is and perhaps it feels dark and it will not give the reader the hope that humanities insanity remains hidden, but the story will make you think… and that is all you need sometimes!

Artist Dean Ormston is the one responsible of even given this story the correct atmosphere, but also gives it a European Art feel to it, which makes the entertainment value of this issue that much more.

The FOC on this Tales From The Darkness has yet to pass, so do yourself a favour and get to your comic dealer to pre-order this one.
And come back to thank me so we might discuss the darker nature of men and the acts of war.

The Darkness: Vicious Traditions (One-Shot)

  • Written By: Ales Kot
  • Art by: Dean Ormston
  • Cover By: Dale Keown
  • Price: $3.99
  • Diamond ID: JAN140543
  • Published: March 5, 2014


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Richard is the driving force behind Comics for Sinners. His love and admiration for female comic book characters is virtually unparalleled, which immediately explains his biggest 'sin': his Hot Mummy fetish. This sketchbook theme is philogynistic in nature and even the source of his WIP comic book series "The Sisterhood".

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