While at the Baltimore Comic Con I was able to stop by and speak to the guys at Valiant. I met their amazing line of writers and artist that were on hand at the show and was able to look over the Shadowman preview. The previews really got me excited about this title, so when I got the book today I was extremely excited.
Shadowman starts off with Josiah Boniface saying goodbye to his pregnant love, Helena LeBreton, so that he can save humanity. After his encounter we flash forward to present day where we are introduced to Jack, the offspring of Josiah and Helena. Jack learns of his parent’s criminal past and feeling betrayed tosses his only protection, his medallion into the river. Not knowing the evil that awaits him he has opened Pandora ’s Box and everyone’s future is in question. You need to get you hands on this book, period.
Breaking down the book always starts with the writing. Shadowman #1 is spearheaded by Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher. One thing that this book does that can severely hurt its flow is jumping around. This book goes from past to present and character to character but it works here and is so well done that I was taken aback by it. This story is extremely well written, does a great job re-introducing you to the main characters and has a fun action packed pace to it.
Not only did Zircher have a hand in the writing, but he also brought this book to life. The art was one of my favorite parts of this book. The spread on the second page was breath taking and set the bar extremely high for the rest of the book. Zircher’s attention to detail and incredible facial expressions really make the characters pop off the page. He has made me a fan for sure.
This is going to be one of the few times I ever say that the coloring was my favorite part of comic, but in this case it is. Sounds crazy I know, but Brian Reber is that good. He adds a great element to this book and turns the amazing art into absolute visual euphoria. His work is simply fantastic.
Overall this is another great title being put out by Valiant. I’m a big supporter of X-O Manowar and Bloodshot but this book has easily knocked those two out of my top spot. This is another fantastic release and is a must have for any fan of great comics. Get to Valiant’s WEBSITE and check out this title and don’t forget to add it to your pull list; it’s a must have.
I give it 4 out of 5 denarii.