A Review: THE SHADOW #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE SHADOW #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Si Spurrier and Dan Watters write, Daniel HdR draws, Natalia Marques colors, and Simon Bowland letters.

She’s a medical resident who’s about ready for her exams. She’s working in a burn unit, cleaning and changing the dressings of a horribly burned patient. While she works on him, she tells him the story of how she survived a school shooting in high school, and how the Shadow saved her. She’s convinced that this burn victim is the Shadow, but can’t prove it. And right now, neither can he.

What makes this book for me (and I admit I’m going a bit geeky here) is the structure. It’s essentially exposition peppered with a few brief flashbacks. It should be boring as hell, but it 100% works here. It’s exceptionally well written and captivating storytelling, and the art makes the most of each moment, even when it’s just the doctor holding bandages.

This issue is a delightful intro to what could prove to be a long look into the psyche of the Shadow, who has long been a mystery to us all. It will sure as heck be fun finding out, so get on board now.

THE SHADOW #1 is available now from your local comic shop, or online at dynamite.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )