Tarkus and the Dark Knight Bruford (1) (タルカスと黒騎士ブラフォード その① Tarukasu to Kurokishi Burafōdo Sono 1?), originally The Dark Knights (暗黒の騎士達 Ankoku no Kishitachi) in the WSJ release, is the twenty-sixth chapter of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga. It is also the twenty-sixth chapter of Phantom Blood.
After dispelling Dio's power by blocking his attack, Jonathan and Zeppeli decide to strike Dio with two Ripple moves combined. Their plan backfires when Dio's freezing technique splits open the veins on Jonathan's hand. Zeppeli tries to divert Dio's attention to him so Jonathan can get away. He attempts to kick Dio, but the latter simply freezes his leg and throws both of them off the rock.
Dio proceeds to mock their power as the earth starts to rumble. Dio summons two of his zombies -- Tarkus and Bruford. They rise from the earth to attack Jonathan. Zeppeli curses himself for getting his arm frozen, and he states that Jonathan will not be able to take on both of the dark knights at once. Speedwagon suggests that they try to thaw Zeppeli's arm.
Meanwhile, Jonathan tries to punch Bruford, but Bruford's hair to catches his arm and begins to suck his blood. Tarkus then moves to crush Jonathan with his massive hand.
In a desperate attempt to return circulation to Zeppeli's frozen arm, Speedwagon places the frigid limb on his chest under his coat. Jonathan continues to face the dark knights.