Can THE SHADOW #1 Review Remember What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Man?
Writers: Si Spurrier, Dan Watters
Art: Daniel HDR
Colors: Natalia Marques
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
The debut issue of the new Shadow series follows a nurse who is removing bandages from a burn victim. As she removed bloody bandage after bloody bandage, she regales him with a story from a decade before in which two boys tried to shoot up her high school, only to be foiled by the Shadow. She gives a bit of background on the Shadow (for new readers and old) and makes it very clear that it’s present day. However, in telling the patient about herself, she begins to reveal that there is a purpose in sharing all this information with him. What happened to the Shadow? Where has he been? And how is he alive after a century?
The story is reasonably solid. It’s interesting enough to read, even if it isn’t super action-packed. I’m not previously familiar with Watters, but I know the Spurrier was a regular over at Vertigo (and a shout out to his killer X-Men Legacy), so this tale has a very Vertigo feel to it. The story flows nicely and logically and is a very good start to a story. It may read better collected, but as it is, I was not disappointed.
The art is also very good. I’ve had multiple exposure’s to HDR’s art and he can absolutely carry a story and draw solid action sequences. In fact, the only major complaint I have about his art in this issue is that, as the nurse is removing the patient’s bandages, she is placing them into a waste bag. At one point, the bag is full of bandages and in the next panel, it’s empty, and then full again in the panel after. It’s the little things, but it matters!
I felt that this debut issue of the Shadow was a great start to this incarnation of the character. Reasonably solid story and excellent art!