Friday, March 21, 2014

Booknote: The Shadow, Volume 3

Chris Roberson, The Shadow, Volume 3. Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, 2014. ISBN: 9781606904619. Volume is due out in March 2014. 

I first came to the character of The Shadow via the movie where Alec Baldwin portrayed the crime fighter who knows the evil that lurks in the hearts of me. I thought the movie was so-so, but I fell in love with the milieu and the character itself. Since then, I read any of The Shadow comics. This one was a good entry in the series. This time, award-winning author Chris Roberson brings us a story where The Shadow is hunting for a serial killer, a mysterious woman dressed in white who seems to be able to use the light to her advantage and moves like a spectre. This is a contrast to our hero's use of shadows and darkness. What do the killings have in common? Will The Shadow be able to stop her before she kills one of those close to him?

This edition collects issues 13-18 of the comic book series from Dynamite Comics. It is a fast paced read with action and mystery. The art captures the time period of The Shadow and brings the characters to life. I always find neat how unlike other heroes, The Shadow has his network of agents in every place from the slums to the high places in society, a trademark of this hero, and we see that here in this comic as well.

As a bonus, this volume includes an extensive cover gallery featuring Eisner Award-winning artists
Alex Ross and Francesco Francavilla, plus Tim Bradstreet, Paolo Rivera, and Jason Shawn Alexander. This is definitely a neat part of the book, and it was one I enjoyed looking through.

Overall, I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars as it is a book I really liked. This is a series that I will continue to keep reading.

Disclosure note: This is where I tell you that I read this as an e-book provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review purposes. The idea was for me to provide a fair and honest review. There has been no compensation. There, we keep The Man appeased once more.

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