The Shadow 6 (October 2012)

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Eh.

Ennis doesn’t have a good finish for the arc. He goes for the funny finish with a joke about something not particularly amusing. He hasn’t really established the Shadow making jokes along those lines–I think he did mention a foul sense of humor at one point, but it wasn’t enough. The end flops. It’s like Ennis wanted to write as little as possible.

Even with some bloodshed, the comic feels like Indiana Jones again, especially with Cranston and Margo ending up in British India. Ennis’s history is fine, he’s simply not applying it well.

The arc might have gotten more mileage as a standalone series; as the starting arc of an ongoing, though, it’s a misfire. Ennis’s most interesting characters are the bad guys, the Shadow’s magic is unclear and Margo’s a wasted character.

Still, it’s component and Ennis’s wartime intrigue makes it somewhat worthwhile. It’s just disappointing.

CREDITS

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

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