For hundreds of years, the Shadowmen have guarded our world from the nightmare realm known as the Deadside and its sadistic necromancer, Master Darque. But who is Master Darque? And what is the root of his otherworldly evil?

Now, for the first time anywhere, the answer to these questions and more will finally be revealed. Journey back to the plantations of antebellum Louisiana to meet the man once called Nicodemo Darque and discover how a depraved life drenched in dust, blood, and bone transformed him into a menace that would one day threaten the whole of the Valiant Universe and all life as we know it.

Story by Justin Jordan
Art by Roberto De La Torre, Mico Suayan, Neil Edwards, & Lewis Larosa
Cover by Dave Johnson, Khari Evans, & Lewis Larosa

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 1.9%


  1. An interesting stand-alone issue featuring the origin of Master Darque….I must admit to being a little confused by the ending, and wondering if this story will be continued down the line? Having not read the original series (from years past), is Sandria a character I should already know, or one being introduced to us?

    Overall though, this is a great issue, and just missed being my POTW…..

  2. Thought this issue was simply brilliant and hands down Pick of the Week. Great emotional story that told Master Darque’s origin and left me desperately wanting more. I wish the regular series could be this good.

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