REVIEW: ‘Shadowman,’ Issue #3

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Shadowman #3 - But Why Tho

Shadowman #3 is published by Valiant. It is written by horror expert Cullen Bunn with art by Jon Davis-Hunt, colors by Jordie Bellaire, and letters by Clayton Cowles. Keeping the terror-fueled momentum from the previous issue, Shadowman continues to face the horrors of The Deadside.

Shadowman #3 picks up right where we left off, with Shadowman being stalked and hunted by a mysterious figure who is killing anything tied to spirit totems and Loa. The hunt gets turned on its head as Shadowman faces off against horrendous monstrosities of The Deadside being controlled by The Pallbearer.

The Pallbearer is an evil entity who seeks to destroy spirits, with spirits. After cornering Shadowman and dragging him to his inevitable death, Shadowman unleashes the full force of the Shadow Loa, which is the source of his powers. The Shadow Loa towers over Jack and smashes the Pallbearer’s totem to The Deadside.

The chaos bleeding into the living world has always been orchestrated by those from The Deadside, but during a flashback, we witness a grim, sacrificial scene that leads to The Deadside’s true intention. When Shadowman learns of the Loa that rides the world, it leaves him, and his companion Baron Samedi shaken to their cores.

Bunn truly cranked the writing to 11 for this issue. The pacing in this story was flawless in execution. There was substantial story building while also packing the pages full of action and intrigue that had me eagerly looking forward to the next page. The inner monologue during the action scenes was greatly complimented by the dialogue in flashbacks, which balanced this issue out tremendously. Furthermore, I am still gushing over how Shadowman’s inner monologue takes on a noir-style tone that is so fitting to a character as stoic as him.

Artwise, it feels as though Davis-Hunt is making Shadowman’s foes more and more grotesque. The creatures from The Deadside are growing more and more disgusting but in the most artistic way possible! Bunn’s writing makes sure that the story itself is suspenseful and thrilling, but it’s complemented so well with Davis-Hunt delivering these nightmare-inducing panels. It is an actual action-horror comic that delivers like no other. His design for The Pallbearer was a great touch of physical horror in this issue as well. It is a nightmare of western, outlaw-executioner vibes that truly elevate the level of suspense in this series.

Bellaire’s colors are irreplaceable. This issue was beautifully orchestrated with cool and creepy pages washed with purple hues and starkly contrasted with neon red monstrosities that leap off the page. The colors are a real treat for readers because Bellaire allows the story to be so dark and ominous while using a bright palette for the scariest moments.

Shadowman #3 is high-octane filled to the brim with action, horror, and maddening foes. The creative team is not holding back any punches in this series and each issue hits harder than the last. I can’t recommend this story enough and issues like this are why.

Shadowman #3 is available wherever comics are sold.

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TL;DR

Shadowman #3 is high-octane filled to the brim with action, horror, and maddening foes. The creative team is not holding back any punches in this series and each issue hits harder than the last. I can’t recommend this story enough and issues like this are why.