Shadowman #1
Written by: Andy Diggle
Art by: Stephen Segovia and Ulises Arreloa
Published by: Valiant Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

I’ve never been a monster fan of Shadowman. I enjoyed the series very early on in the 1990’s but didn’t enjoy where the series went from there. I did enjoy Garth Ennis’ reboot in the later 90’s, and REALLY enjoyed the Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning books. When Shadowman returned in 2012 I thought it was decent but stopped reading pretty early on. The relaunch character just didn’t do it for me.

Then last year’s Rapture miniseries hit and I was amazed at how much I loved the Shadowman character. Something had happened to Shadowman and now he was this hulking beast known as Magpie. I didn’t know why but I finally really connected with the Magpie character. Rapture was one of my top 10 picks of last year (you can check out our video here) and when it was announced that Andy Diggle was coming aboard to relaunch Shadowman I was immediately interested.

Shadowman had been living in Deadside (this very weird spooky mystical magical other dimension place) but finally returns to New Orleans in this series.  He is no longer this hulking Magpie creature and kinda-sorta back to normal.  Diggle is able to catch me up on the character including what actually happened for him to become this Magpie guy.  It really was an interesting catch up and I’m glad the exposition was there for me.

Beyond that the book has a voodoo priestess character named Alyssa out hunting evil creatures out in the bayou.  When she comes upon a big, bad mamma jamma she tries her luck with some magic only to have Shadowman reappear.  The two are more than just acquaintances, but pleasantries have to wait until the massive monster after Alyssa is taken down.

The battle takes a lot of the issue and then we are given that exposition that catches up readers like me who have no idea what happened in the last Shadowman series.  Then more shit happens that is kinda-sorta cool but I won’t get into all that.

I really like how Andy Diggle tackled this story in Shadowman’s return.  Matt Kindt had gotten my taste buds wet with Rapture, but Diggle does a wonderful job balancing the old information with his own story.  I’m not quite sure about the art – I think that I enjoy Stephen Segovia’s work but would just prefer dark inks and colors.  A bit more mysterious.  This doesn’t take away from the book, this is just me having a personal preference on how I would love the book to look and feel.

I wasn’t completely blown away though I am truly interested to see where the series goes, especially with how the first issue ended.  So I will definitely keep reading.  I’m pretty sure with Andy Diggle at the wheel that there will be some great surprises up his sleeve when it comes to Jack Boniface.  Start flexing them muscles, Andy.  Let’s see what you can do.


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