THE SHADOW #2

Review by: MattD

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

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

Garth Ennis’ take on The Shadow is superb. Lamont Cranston is a no-nonsense, no-mercy kind of hero, who feels a genuine hate toward his foes. He acknowledges a certain darkness within himself, and embraces it, gladly giving up his own soul to fight the good fight. He’s also a total badass, able to handle himself in a fight on an airplane where he is outnumbered and outgunned. And the details of his powers that we discover this issue make him all the more terrifying and fascinating. Ennis also writes a fully-realized and highly-likable Margo Lane. She’s strong and capable but ultimately kind, an ideal counterbalance for Cranston whose just strong and hard from head to toe. They’re a fun couple, and as we learn about them they also learn about each other. Aaron Campbell has a few rough moments on art, but mostly triumphs. The champagne glass in the eye is a great image, as are the fire extinguisher going off and The Shadow’s initial entrance. Campbell is a talented noir artist, which is, of course, exactly what this story calls for. The Shadow is very quickly climbing up the list of my current favorite titles.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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