Legend Of The Shadow Clan #1

Legend Of The Shadow Clan #1

Writer: David Wohl, Brad Foxhoven Artist: Cory Smith, John Starr Publisher: Aspen Comics Release Date: February 6, 2013 Cover Price: $1.00 Critic Reviews: 11
7.6Critic Rating
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Aspen's Ten Year Anniversary kicks off with the debut of LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN! Meet the Arashi family. They are like any other family living in the city: kids in school, parents working to make ends meet. But unbeknownst to even them, their ancestors held a dark secret: they were a clan of ninja in feudal Japan, in the employ of a prominent leader. But when that leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Arashi Clan was blamed, and forced to flee, going into hiding. Over the centuries, the descendants lost track of the ancient ways. They came to America, abandoning their sordid past to distant memory. However, recently, their secret has been discovered--their ancient enemy has returned, and won't rest until every member of the Arashi clan is killed. Now, the Arashi family must rediscover their long-forgotten birthright if they hope to have any chance of surviving the onslaught to come, and along the way, they will learn the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN.

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 11, 2013

    With a solid story by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven and strong art by Cory Smith (with some strong hints of Sal Buscema's style on display), this is a solid start to a new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Jan 24, 2013

    Aspen's “10 For 10″ campaign is off and running, and the first issue of Legend Of The Shadow Clan is as mysterious as the characters in the book itself. With great writing by the team of Brad Foxhoven and David Wohl, and solid work by Cory Smith and John Starr on art, this is a fun and exciting series that Aspen fans should definitely check out. Looking forward to future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 6, 2013

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a good ninja book and I’m glad to see that this one turned out as well as it did. To be honest, ninja stories are hard. There’s a very real history that they have and so you either have to be historically accurate or create your own fiction. The important part is to keep it serious though and that’s something Legend of the Shadow Clan does very well. Sure there are light moments and jokes, but the plot and world stays away from being goofy. This is a return to the serious ninja story and I appreciate that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 6, 2013

    Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 is a stellar first issue that easily earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 11, 2013

    Like a $10-for-10 item sale at your local supermarket, if you sample all the debut issues Aspen offers, you'll only have sacrificed a Hamilton for a half-score of comics. That might get three comics from Marvel or DC, but from Aspen, it'll be three times that, at least. If even one third of the remaining comic book titles are even half as entertaining and enjoyable as "Legend of the Shadow Clan" #1, it will certainly be worth the cash spent. Twenty pages of full-color story plus a spread filled with insight from series co-plotter Brad Foxhoven that also includes sketches from Cory Smith make "Legend of the Shadow Clan" a comic worth checking out. The pricepoint makes it a ridiculous bargain. I quite enjoyed this first issue and will definitely check back in with the Himuras for "Legend of the Shadow Clan" #2, regardless of price. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 4, 2013

    This is the beginning of a big initiative for Aspen and a hell of a start. Here's hoping the rest of the comics are of this quality, because it'll be a great year in comics. The fact that all of the first releases are $1 is just icing on the cake. There's no excuse to not get each of these first issues and try something new. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - M.K. Lynn Jan 21, 2013

    This issue gives you just enough to have questions you want to be answered to continue the series. I enjoyed this issue, solid graphics, character set up, story, but it's not unique enough for me. With that said, it still gave me enough interest to see where this comic will go. There is a lot of potential. It's a whole family of ninjas who are just finding out that fact. As soon as their lives are in danger, that instinct kicks in as we see with their father defending himself and looking confused as he did so. I'll read issue 2 to see if it pulls through, there is still a device that was stolen, that we need to find out it'simportance, and just who are these twin girls? Do we trust them, the blood covered swords seem innocent enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekality - Joe Sarnicola Jan 30, 2013

    Ill leave it at that. You might want to check this book out to see what really happens. This looks like it could become a pretty exciting title to watch. I like stories where ordinary people are forced by circumstances to perform extraordinary tasks, or try to anyway. And that sure seems to be what is happening here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Danielle Luaulu Jan 31, 2013

    Overall, this is a pretty fun start to what could be an interesting series. Once you get past the Serling-esque narration, it's an entertaining book and a good one to pick up if you're looking for something new to add to your list. Plus, it's only a buck, so what do you have to lose, really? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Feb 6, 2013

    The writing and artwork for this book is polished and crafted with precision. Wohl and company set the stage for what has the potential to be a fantastic title. So round up some change sitting in your car's middle console, and head to the shop to pick up this tale about modern-day ninjas hidden among us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 10, 2013

    That said, it's definitely worth a try for $1, not every reader is going to have the same reaction to the storytelling that I did and it wasn't a bad comic, just not an exceptional one. Read Full Review

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