Queen Darkchylde returns

The Darkness and Witchblade have enough to keep them busy. If they're not fighting their own versions of evil and bad then their paths are crossing a la Buffy and Angel. You can cut the romantic tension with a knife! Top Cow feels that the two of them crossing paths aren't enough and are bringing back a fan favorite to spice things up a bit. Darkchylde is making her first appearance since 2002 in The Darkness/Darkchylde/Witchblade: Kingdom of Pain one-shot. For those of you not in the know, Darkchylde is Ariel Chylde, the girl who can become creatures from her nightmares. You can imagine that this could come in handy when fighting alongside Jackie Estacado with his spiffy new armor. But where does Witchblade fit into all this? In the one-shot, Jackie intercepts a psychic plea for help and enters Ariel's nightmares (not in the Freddie Kreuger kill you in your sleep kind of way). While he's in there he wakes her from a seven-year self-imposed exile. What he didn't know is that summoning the Darkness Armor in the Nightmare world would corrup him and make the armor darker. Leave it to Sara Pezzini to come along and help them figure it all out. The 48-page one-shot is by writer and artist Randy Queen, featuring the coloring stylings of Sarah Queen. Queen is the first artist to draw The Darkness since Marc Silvestri created the character over ten years ago. The book will also include an 8-page preview of Queen's next series Starfall. Keep an eye out for the book in stores in December. Full press release below. RANDY QUEEN’S DARCHYLDE RETURNS AND REDESIGN OF THE DARKNESS THE DARKNESS/DARKCHYLDE/WITCHBLADE: KINGDOM OF PAIN ONE SHOT LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 29, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that The Darkness/Darkchylde/Witchblade: Kingdom of Pain one-shot comic book will hit comic book store shelves late December 2009. Written by fan-favorite writer and artist Randy Queen and colorist Sarah Queen, the 48-page The Darkness/Darkchylde/Witchblade: Kingdom of Pain standalone finds Jackie Estacado, the bearer of the Darkness, with new nightmarish armor, and Ariel Chylde, the girl who can become creatures from her nightmares, with a new beginning. In addition to creating Darkchylde, Queen has the distinction of being the first artist to draw The Darkness after Marc Silvestri designed the character over 10 years ago. In the crossover, marking the first appearance of Darkchylde since 2002, Jackie intercepts a psychic plea for help and inhabits Ariel’s nightmares. In doing so, he awakens her from a seven-year, self-imposed exile. However, summoning his Darkness Armor in her Nightmare world, Jackie’s armor comes over corrupted and darker. With a guest appearance from Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the Witchblade, what happens when these monster makers encounter a new threat that can create anything? Additionally, the one-shot comic will include a brand new original 8-page preview of Queen’s next epic series, Starfall. The sci-fi series was announced by Top Cow at Comic-Con International 2008 and has been hotly anticipated by Darkchylde and Top Cow fans alike.