The GeeksverseThe Shade #1

The Shade #1
Published on Friday, October 14, 2011 by

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Cully Hamner
Colors: Dave McCaig
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover Art: A- Tony Harris; B- Cully Hamner
Editor: Wil Moss

James Robinson has always been at his best when writing Starman and about Opal City and it’s characters, the Shade being one of them. The Shade has always been an interesting anti-hero. He was a bad guy, now he’s somewhat of a good guy. This mini-series has long been hinted at and it makes me wonder what, if anything (besides Deathstroke’s outfit) was changed for the new 52.

Is this even part of the new 52? It’s not labeled like the other books. And really it has no part being part of the New 52. This series is totally connected to the prior books. It is not new reader accessible. There is so much that would confuse a new reader. You have to know about all of the Shade’s involvment in James Robinson’s stelllar Starman series, which I really would have liked to have seen return as part of the new 52.

As a fan I enjoyed this issue. This is classic Shade. His mannerisms, the way he talks, it’s all what I remember from Starman. It’s good to see him back. His recent appearances in JLA, even though it was written by James Robinson, wasn’t really the Shade.

Robinson’s story is a bit odd, but in a good way. The action, except for the last pages, is supplied by a new character. We’re introduced to him being chased, and he has a very unique narrative voice, which leads him to realize he has to warn the Shade. The Shade meanwhile is in an odd mood as October is the time of his birth and not the best month for him.

It could be a boring issue, very easily, but Robinson manages to keep it interesting. The Shade’s speech has a lyrical quality to it, which is the opposite of Von Hammers. The flow of the story keeps the reader invested.

The last pages are interesting and really helps reinforce how horrible the new Deathstroke outfit is. It looks horrible.

Hamner’s art is excellant. This is the same style as the Red stories he did recently. It’s a bit softer then what he did when first entered comics. It’s unmistakenably Hamner’s work but the sharp edge has softened. It gives it a better overall feel and more life to the characters.

The Shade #1 receives
4 out of 5

Excellant start to the mini-series, just wish knew how/where this stands in the new 52.

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