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Story by Garth Ennis
Art by Aaron Campbell
Cover by Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, John Cassaday, & Jae Lee

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

As a big Shadow fan, I have to say this a very promising start from Ennis & Campbell. The Shadow is the source code for all the dark avengers, everyone from Batman to The Punisher to Rorshach. Despite Howard Chaykin, The Shadow never really needed to be revamped for an “edgy”, modern audience. Just portray him like the original pulps and you’re good to go. This makes Ennis the right choice here. He’s a writer with storytelling chops and is not afraid to pull the trigger when it comes to brutal scenarios and lethal action. Rather than stitching together set pieces merely to showcase violence, Ennis is weaving The Shadow deeply into historical events much like Gerard Jones masterful run on “The Shadow Strikes” from the late 80’s. There’s good news for the purists too. Ennis had indicated in interviews that Margo Lane would be Cranston’s only compatriot but the first issue makes verbal reference to “Vincent, Shrevnitz, and the rest”. The implied relationship between Cranston and Lane is no longer implicit, it’s out there. And yeah, it’s kind of exploitative because that’s just how The Shadow rolls and always has. All of this is drawn by Aaron Campbell who has become a specialist on the 1930’s. Other artists might be tempted to show of their research through static, picture-perfect detail but Campbell gets the details right while bringing a loose, dynamic style. Good work all around. Looking forward to seeing the rest of this story.

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

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