The Shadow 1 (April 2012)

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I’m having a hard time describing Garth Ennis’s take on The Shadow. There’s some magic to it, which makes the Dynamite rendition different from the others I’ve read or seen. But the magic just makes the character more cold; he’s not so much vicious or aloof, rather calculatedly cold.

It probably makes the character more fun to write than to read, as Ennis actually doesn’t center on Lamont Cranston until a while into the issue. Instead he uses it to tell a war story.

When the Shadow does arrive, it’s with a lot of violence. Probably too much. Aaron Campbell does a fine enough job with it, but he’s not concerned with authenticity. It’s for shock value and is immediately tiresome.

Campbell does do an outstanding job with the thirties setting, however, down to Cranston hopping a cab.

The Shadow’s wholly competent; too soon to say if it’s compelling.

CREDITS

The Fire of Creation, Part One; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Aaron Campbell; colorist, Carlos Lopez; letterer, Rob Steen; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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