Ennis plays The Shadow like a really tough Indiana Jones picture. Indiana Jones with some magic and the bad guys are worse. They’re not just villains because they’re Japanese, they’re also villains because they do really bad things.
While the issue’s entertaining–and it’s nice to see Ennis give Margo Lane some personality–he hasn’t introduced any real danger for Lamont Cranston yet. He’s not just a guy with a little magic, he’s a guy with a lot of magic and it’s hard to imagine him not getting out of a tough situation.
Besides the assassination attempt on an airship–it’s cool, not thrilling–Ennis spends a lot of time with the evil Japanese guys and their American counterparts. As usual, his passion is in the war history. Cranston and Margo are just along for the ride.
Campbell’s art is better in some places than others.
It’s a serviceable comic.
The Fire of Creation, Part Two; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Aaron Campbell; colorist, Carlos Lopez; letterer, Rob Steen; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.