SHADOWMAN #1

Review by: Xtianhardy

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Story by Justin Jordan & Patrick Zircher
Art by Patrick Zircher
Cover by Patrick Zircher, Dave Johnson, & Bill Sienkiewicz

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

“The Summer of Valiant” is over but that doesn’t mean the newly relaunched company has shown any signs that it is slowing down or losing quality. Shadowman #1 from Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher is a great reintroduction to one of Valiant’s classic characters. After a stunning opening scene drawn by Zircher, Shadowman introduces us to Jack Boniface, a man searching for answers about his parents and his past, and Mr. Twist, a grotesque demon composed of chattering teeth, entrails, and muscle tissue.

Jordan and Zircher do an excellent of drawing new readers in by grounding the story in Jack’s search for his origins, even while supernatural forces gather around him. While Mr. Twist could have come across as just a generic horror, he has a personality as twisted as his namesake and this gives the book a flair that sets it apart from other titles.

Though the issue had some pacing problems and the occasional line of dialogue stood out as being over-the-top, Shadowman #1 was an effective first issue and another great comic from Valiant. If you haven’t been reading Valiant since their relaunch began, now is a great time to start!

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

Comments

  1. justicebeard justicebeard says:

    Good review. I’m with you, these guys just keep putting out quality books. Wonder how long they can keep it up.

    • Xtianhardy Xtianhardy (@Xtianhardy) says:

      Well if this week’s Archer & Armstrong and Bloodshot issues are any indication, they’re showing no signs of slowing down. I’m currently picking up every book Valiant puts out, and I’ll keep doing so until I see a significant drop in quality. So far, that hasn’t happened. We’re now, what, six months into the Valiant relaunch?

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