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Jackie Estacado

Jackie Estacado (Top Cow)
Real Name
Current Alias
Franchetti Family(formerly)
Miguel Estacado(ancestor, deceased)
Danny Estacado (father, deceased)
Unnamed mother(deceased)
Don Frank Franchetti (adopted Father, deceased)
Capris Castiglione (twin sister, deceased)
Jenny Romano(wife, revived)
Hope Pezzini (daughter)
Elle(creation, deceased}
Base Of Operations

Marital Status
Inherited from Father
Place of Birth
New York, United States
First appearance

Witchblade #10


Character History

Jackie joined the mob at a very early age, after being adopted by a mafia don named Frankie "Kill the Children too" Franchetti. He was picked up at the orphanage after Frankie was prompted by a mysterious stranger named Sonatine, who told Frankie that having Jackie around would bring him tremendous power. Frankie had previously employed Jackie's father and knew what a vicious person he was so he hoped to mold Jackie into a more fine tuned instrument of destruction.

Jackie came to the mafia life easily, losing his virginity to a female police officer during an interrogation at the age of 14. He grew up, or more accurately matured, very quickly, and soon and enjoyed the life of sex and violence. However, when he turned 21, his dark powers awakened, and he learned of his evil inheritance. At first, this power was a blessing, allowing his job as a professional hitman to run more smoothly and work in more unique ways. However, with this power came many enemies. Early on, Jackie spent much of his time escaping from or fighting the Angelus (who wants to kill him), and Sonatine and his Brotherhood of The Darkness (who wish to capture him and steal his powers). Eventually, Jackie chose to quit the mob, but found it easier said than done. Jackie had turned on his adoptive father and mafia don, Frankie Frenchetti, to get a clean slate and exit from his life of crime after a meeting with Batman (Batman/Darkness crossover).

However, after Jackie's "uncle" Frankie kidnapped Jenny, a childhood friend of Jackie's, Frankie Franchetti killed her and sent a videotape to Estacado in revenge. Jackie could not take this and called out Franchetti's mob, leading them to an abandoned warehouse covered in gasoline. When the crew arrived to kill Estacado, Jackie threw down his lighter and blew the place, and all its occupants, to bits [Darkness (vol. 1) #40]. Jackie spent an undetermined amount of time afterward wandering around hell, searching for Jenny, until Tom Judge came and gave him hope (a gift that allows men to exit hell) [Universe #3]. Jackie's body was then reconstructed by the Darkness, which managed to hide away in a tooth cavity [Darkness (vol. 2) #1].

Jackie returned to find the Franchetti mob taken over by Frankie's cousin, Paulie. Paulie was able to discover Jackie's secret as well as a long-lost sister of Jenny's. Using this information, Paulie blackmailed Jackie into doing hits for him. Along the way, Jackie learned how to construct a gun out of The Darkness. Later, Jackie discovered a hitman following Jenny's sister, killed him, and took his revenge on Paulie as well. This led to Jackie taking control of the Franchetti family. Since taking control of the Franchetti family, Jackie has vastly expanded his mafia, taken on the Triads, and fought the Russian Mafia in Atlantic City.

Over the course of the series, Jackie makes uneasy alliances with Sara Pezzini and both versions of The Magdalena.

Other Appearances of Jackie Estacado

Jackie Estacado has appeared in crossover storylines involving Painkiller Jane, The Hulk, Batman, and Superman, Aliens, Predator, Witchblade Wiki, Wolverine, and Tomb Raider. These are non-canonical for the crossover heroes, but at least the Batman crossover is canonical for The Darkness, as the events in this crossover are later referred to and have repercussions in The Darkness comic. Possible reference to The Darkness may be found in the story of 2006 movie The Covenant. Jackie also makes a cameo appearance in Invincible Vol 1 60 along with other Image Comics characters


The writer and editor, Ann Nocenti, claims that she was hired to write a treatment and first issue for the comic, but was never paid or credited for her published work. [1]

Character Powers and Equipment

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


The powers of the darkness allow Jackie to make just about anything he can think of: he has created things like tentacles, which are very strong and can lift a full-grown man, and later on, he is able to make a gun out of The Darkness. He's also able to summon minions called Darklings, which rip his enemies apart in packs and which come in all sorts of different sizes and shapes. It is also possible that The Darkness may enhance Jackie's strength, durability and speed, but only while The Darkness is working. In one instance, Jackie dove off a converted oil rig and swam down until there wasn't any light. At this point, he was able to utilize the Darkness to cover his body and transform into his armor, enabling him to breath underwater. This could also presumably used to survive a poisonous gas, but this has not been proven as yet.


Jackie is very skilled at killing in many different forms. He uses many different guns, his favorite being 9mm pistols, but he also uses other guns as well and is also good at hand-to-hand combat.

Strength level

Possesses greater than average strength.


The Darkness power is unable to operate in the light. However creatively removing light from the vicinity of the host (via shadows, smoke, covering light) allows the Darkness to once again function.



The Darkness is capable of creating anything it needs.


The Darkness is capable of creating anything it needs.


The Darkness is capable of creating any weapon it desires.

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