The GeeksverseThe Shadow #1

The Shadow #1
Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by

The Shadow and Dynamite know what evil lurks in the hearts of men


Published by: Dynamite Entertainmen
Written by: Garth Ennis
Art by: Aaron Campbell
Colored by: Carlos Lopez
Lettered by: Rob Steen
Cover by: A- Alex Ross; B- Howard Chaykin; C- John Cassaday; D- Jae Lee
Editor: Joe Rybandt

I’m somewhat familiar with The Shadow, as much as most people are. A pulp era anti-hero is going to be a tough sell in today’s market and Ennis has his work cut out for him.

The first issue is decent, it moves along at a good pace and really does a good job at showing how dark the Shadow is and how much of a jerk Lamont Cranston is. Seriously, can the guy be any less of a jerk?

I don’t know if the intent was to show how cold being the Shadow makes Cranston or what, but the only thing I think of when read anything Cranston says is “jerk”. It’s actually a stronger word, but there are kids around.

This is not one of Ennis’ stronger scripts or stories. It’s fairly jumpy in the middle and Cranston is just not a likeable character. I couldn’t find any redeeming qualities. It’s hard to get into a series with such an unlikeable star.

The art by Campbell is decent. He does a good job with the details of the era. His Shadow looks great. There are a couple of flow issues in the middle of the story and on one page two of the characters look exactly alike (and Pat is colored/shown as Lamont) so it makes it hard to follow the sequance. I had to read it a couple of times before it made sense.

An alright first issue, but unless you were already a fan of The Shadow, I don’t see this making any new ones.

The Shadow #1 receives
3 out of 5

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