COMIC TITLE: Shadowman #1 (2018)
Stephen Segovia– Artist
Andy Diggle– Writer
March 28, 2018
I noticed something the other day while I was looking over all the comic books that I have read since the competition started. I noticed that there was one company that was missing from the list and that company is Valiant. They are the company responsible for bringing us characters like Bloodshot, Ninjak, Archer & Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar, and Jack Boniface a.k.a. Shadowman to name a few. Then I was excited to learn that today, which also happens to be New Comic Book Day, Valiant was releasing a new series featuring Shadowman. So for today, we are checking out Shadowman #1 which was written by Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and illustrated by Stephen Segovia (Superwoman). It has been a long time since Alyssa has seen her husband Jack, but she has learned to accept it and move on as she became a mambo (a female High Priest in the Vodou religion). One day when she was trying to locate a source, she encounters a being like any other and when she calls for help, her husband reappears and still with the curse of the Loa (a God in the Vodou religion) Shadowman still within him. As she tries to find a resolution for his issues, Jack may have to just suck it up and accept the curse. For more information on the comic, please click here.
I will admit to all of you that this is the first time that I have ever read an issue of Shadowman and I have to say that I am absolutely hooked. The thing that really did it for me with this comic is how amazing the artwork really is. The art is so vivid and colorful and they match the tones of the issue overall and Segovia just does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. He kept me hooked page after page with the way the characters looked, etc. Then there’s the story that we still have to talk about here. I have always been fascinated to learn new things especially when dealing with voodoo and such. The thing lied about it is that he gave you enough in the beginning to figure out what has been going on and he gives you enough later to keep you hooked into the story. So, I truly believe that they did an amazing job bringing this series back and in fact I am adding to my sub list at my local comic book shop right now. There is some action in the beginning, but not a lot after that. There is a cool scene where she summons someone so you’ll have to check that out. Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+