Shadow

Noir 1 (November 2013)

I don’t know why I should keep reading Noir. It’s a perfectly serviceable comic for Dynamite to exploit a couple licenses they hold–The Shadow and Miss Fury–but there’s nothing else going on with it. The art, from Andrea Mutti, is pretty good. So’s the writing, actually. Victor Gischler does a fine enough job with it. […]

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The Shadow 6 (October 2012)

Eh. Ennis doesn’t have a good finish for the arc. He goes for the funny finish with a joke about something not particularly amusing. He hasn’t really established the Shadow making jokes along those lines–I think he did mention a foul sense of humor at one point, but it wasn’t enough. The end flops. It’s […]

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The Shadow 5 (September 2012)

Ennis brings the Shadow in–he didn’t show up last issue–and it doesn’t work out. The issue works, for the first half, because it’s the wartime intrigue book. The Japanese villains have their machinations and Cranston and Margo have some stuff going on too. Then Cranston gets into costume and it all goes to pot. Well, […]

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The Shadow 4 (August 2012)

I don’t think Ennis has a good handle on Margo and Cranston’s relationship. He’s trying to figure it out in the story, which is fine, but it’s a minor subplot and it ought to be more. He keeps insinuating things, but never clarifies. It’s a bewildering approach. Or it would be if he weren’t doing […]

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The Shadow 3 (June 2012)

I wonder if Ennis is going out of his way to demonize the main villains–he ends on with reminder of their atrociousness–as a way to curb the Japanese being the main villains of the story. When it comes to World War II, the Germans get the most emphasis from Western storytellers. Ennis avoids that route. […]

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The Shadow 2 (May 2012)

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 […]

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The Shadow 1 (April 2012)

I’m having a hard time describing Garth Ennis’s take on The Shadow. There’s some magic to it, which makes the Dynamite rendition different from the others I’ve read or seen. But the magic just makes the character more cold; he’s not so much vicious or aloof, rather calculatedly cold. It probably makes the character more […]

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