Monday, October 7, 2013

Shadow Now #1

   It's a tribute to the design of most pulp characters that they can make the jump from the '30s and '40s to the modern age.

   The Shadow did just that decades ago under writer and artist Howard Chaykin, and here's another take on the idea courtesy of writer David Liss and artist Colton Worley.

   In Shadow Now, Liss brings us a Shadow who has found a way to restore his youth and has decided to once again take up his fight against crime.

   Thankfully, we don't have to deal with scenes of the hero struggling to understand the iPad or learning about how to establish a Twitter account.

   Instead, Lamont Cranston "III" uses his classic methods, which are brutal but effective.

   But he finds himself struggling to solve the mystery behind a new crime wave, and his enemies seem to stay one step ahead of him. Then a familiar foe gets his attention...

   So I like the story, but the art is a bit more of a mix. There are some stunning images, near-photographic depictions, but the storytelling is muddy in places - there are panels where I'm really not sure what's happening.

   Despite that, it's a promising start to the series, and one of the better Shadow books around (how many are there, anyway?) - a clever twist on a classic.

Grade: B+



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