Well, the Midnight Massacre storyline is over, so we’re back to the regular Darkhold reviews. As I mentioned in the closing paragraphs for the Spirits of Vengeance #13 review, this marks the first time a Darkhold story did not end on a cliffhanger… lets see what we get now!
The issue starts with something of a recap / tease. It’s Diabolique (a little girl mastermind brought in during the Betrayal arc) performing a sacrifice to learn Vikki Montesi’s origin. And we get that origin told to us… then we get told it’s all lies, and that the Redeemers won’t find out the truth until it’s too late.
This scene is just annoting. The dialogue is bad, and I resent being given information I’ve had before in a non-creative way. I would like to take this moment to correct an error in an earlier review though: Vikki and Nash are stated as girlfriend’s several times throughout this series, and this is one of those occasions.
We switch to Modred, recently returned from the grave after the end of the Midnight Massacre. He’s fairly upset that he’d been killed even though he has all the Darkhold spells at his command… and he’s in this mood when the Darkhold Dwarf confronts him directly, giving him a black envelope. This is a bit of a big deal, and it’s handled well. The page brings about the Other, who takes the form of the lover Modred once knew as a man. This pisses him off, and the Other offers him a chance to save his soul after an eternity… by capturing another soul in his place. He travels to England to accomplish this task. He finds an old blind woman, and proceeds to trick her into giving up her soul.
Cut to Pennsylvania. Louise Hastings has secluded herself in her room after having to use a Darkhold page to stop the Midnight Massacre. Buchannan tries to explain why this is such a big deal to Jinx, but the kid doesn’t seem to get it. Also, we learn that apparently Vicki has been going off at all hours after her resurrection. AND that Sam is now in love with Vicki, and wonders if she’ll love him back.
Apparently he has no clue what a lesbian is. Huh. Someone should probably explain it to him.
Back to Modred, he performs the spell and transferrs his curse to the old woman. Upon doing so he immediately feels guilt… now that he is rid of the Darkhold’s evil influence and his human soul is restored, he can tell that he’s done wrong… he goes to the old woman to try and help her, only to find that it was Janice, his former love, kept alive by the Darkhold magics and left waiting in exile for Modred all these years! Souless now, she attacks Modred. In the end, Modred has to again sacrifice his soul in order to save Janice, who dies at the end of her long wait for him. Modred vows revenge, and the Dwarf makes plans to target the Redeemers next.
This is a fill-in issue. Montesi doesn’t speak. I’m okat with Modred getting a key role in an issue, what I’m not okay is the mindless padding and retelling of origins. The Modred parts are okay, the rest is forgetable. Seems like they’re now saying that Louise’s sacrifice in the Midnight Massacre is all in her mind and morals, and that she didn’t actually lose anything. We’ll see how this plays, but if so it’s a disapointing twist.
2/5. What’s good is good, but there’s too much junk to wade through to get there.