REVIEW: ‘Shadowman,’ Issue #1

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Shadowman #1

Shadowman #1 is published by Valiant Comics. It’s written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jon Davis-Hunt, colors by Jordie Bellaire, and letters by Clayton Cowles. This issue is a fresh take on a classic Valiant character blending story elements of horror, occultism, and thrill like never before.

In Shadowman #1, Jack Boniface serves as a tortured vigilante that protects the earth from demons beyond the threshold of our natural world. When a disfigured spirit is terrorizing New Orleans and killing off its touristy masqueraders, Shadowman puts an end to the killings. The disgusting beast dies before delivering a cryptic message about saving someone. 

Unsure of what to think, a god-like entity of death leads Jack to a ceremony being held by the world’s wealthiest. There he finds that not only are the rich masquerading as cult-practitioners, but they have begun tampering with the seal that separates the living world from the dead. With the thought of the undead wreaking havoc on earth, Shadowman sets out to solve this problem and hopefully clear the questions in his head. 

Cullen Bunn has taken the reins on this series and delivered his own twist on the character. While this series is building upon the 2018 Shadowman series, it does not feel weighed down or inaccessible for those looking to tag along on this nightmare thrill ride. My favorite aspect of Shadowman comics is the borderline noir-style writing that Jack Boniface narrates the pages with. While this element has been relevant in previous runs, I believe Bunn has given it a pulse of electricity and then surrounded it with horror. 

Jon Davis Hunt’s artwork sets the tone and does not let you ignore it. The pencils are gritty yet incredibly detailed, allowing him to deliver tremendous pages with unsettling detail that truly lets the horror side of Shadowman shine. With the addition of Bellaire’s colors, each page’s tone is expressed in its colors. I want to point out that the red hues in the pages during the ceremony added a claustrophobic sensation of suspense, which is just one moment in a sea of many where the colors boost the already phenomenal art. Cowles’ letters are economical and placed sparsely throughout the page so as to not distract from the art. The font choice and colors used during moments of action compliment the page well. 

In conclusion, Shadowman #1 is a perfect starting point for new readers and a delightful treat to long-time fans. This new series promises to take a classic character and bring him to unchartered territory, and I am here for it! 

Shadowman #1 is available wherever comics are sold now.

Shadowman #1
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TL;DR

Shadowman #1 is a perfect starting point for new readers and a delightful treat to long-time fans. This new series promises to take a classic character and bring him to unchartered territory, and I am here for it!