The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #1

The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #1

Writer: Matt Wagner Artist: Matt Wagner Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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Legendary creator Matt Wagner returns to both write and draw an all-new tale for the first and most famous of all pulp heroes, The Shadow! Following his critically-acclaimed work on The Shadow: Year One and Grendel vs. The Shadow, Wagner once again lends his masterful talents to unveil "what evil lurks in the hearts of men." In a storyline that is sure to rock The Shadow's relentless crusade against crime, Dynamite is proud to bring readers The Death of Margo Lane, a five-issue series written and drawn by Wagner and colored by his talented son, Brennan Wagner. For years, Margo Lane has served as The Shadow's faithful "friend and companion," the closest and most intimate of all his many agents. But when will that proximity to The Shadow's dark and violent world take its ultimate toll on her? And what effect will his lover's loss have on the driven and brooding Master of Darkness? This series presents a powerful and resonant tale in the sort of pulse-pounding pulp style that only Matt Wagner could deliver!

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 1, 2016

    This is a book for fans of The Shadow. Whilst The Twilight Zone book may serve as a curiosity and is fun when showing the character living through his own media history, this book serves to show us what The Shadow's world is all about, from different locations across the world to the weed of crime that grows in the garden of New York. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 10, 2016

    Captures the settings and the hero's exploits sensationally.You know in your heart that you want to read this, and so does the Shadow. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Kevin Given Jun 4, 2016

    I love a good mystery and this issue sets the reader up for what will probably become an excellent whodunit in this series. Great writing, suspense and intrigue all around and awesome period style art, a very satisfying read. An unexpected attack on our heroes turns sour as the attackers plans are thwarted by the very forces that they work for. Cranston deduces and explains to Margo that someone has their eye on the duo and knows of their mission. They must also know that Lemont Cranston is"The Shadow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 3, 2016

    If you're a fan of The Shadow, you probably already know about Wagner's work on the character. If you liked his previous work with the character as much as I did, I'm sure you'll enjoy this series as well. If you've never read the Shadow before, this is as good a place to start as any, due to the craft Wagner puts into the story and art. There are certainly a few things you'd want to catch up on, like the Shadow's operatives and his ability to “cloud men's minds”, but that is easily remedied by taking a few minutes and reading the Wikipedia page on The Shadow. Thank you, internet! Now you have everything you need to know to jump in and enjoy this comic. Go on, give it a try! I'll be here for the rest of the series… I need to see how The Shadow gets out of the jam he's left in on the last page! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Daniel Pearson Jun 4, 2016

    With the father and son team complimenting each other's work, both Matt and Brennan Wagner are able to keep the pulp feel to The Shadow and his exploits in this already gripping start to The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane; this book is a great starting point for any new reader out there looking to try something a little different from the usual superhero fare. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 4, 2016

    Honestly, I can't say I'm all to keen on seeing Margo Lane bumped off. However, Wagner does tease us will a powerful and elusive adversary in the first issue who I'll likely return to learn more about. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Christopher Hitchcock Jun 7, 2016

    Outside of that, this is honestly a pretty good issue for newcomers to the Shadow. It does decedent job of displaying Shadow's abilities and who the characters are. As a jumping on point, this book does a serviceable job. Plus the art style is fun. The book goes for a film noir style with a lot of monochrome colors and read being the one primary color that pops from the page. While long time fans will be left wanting more, I suggest if you are interested in reading a story with this character for the first time, this might be a good story to follow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 2, 2016

    While shining a much appreciated spotlight on an often overlooked female lead, The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #1 is starting its run with a dull deficit. Read Full Review

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