The Shadow #1

The Shadow #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Aaron Campbell Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: April 18, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15
7.6Critic Rating
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1938: The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself. As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all... but what that might be, only the Shadow knows.

  • 10
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Apr 25, 2012

    Are there any comics you'd like to know about? Any questions or requests? Feel free to be in touch and let us know! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Apr 17, 2012

    Having read Garth Ennis, I had a good idea of what to expect in this first issue, and though I wasn't surprised on the violence front, I was completely pulled in by the character development Ennis poured into both The Shadow and Lamont Cranston. Dynamite Entertainment once again shows that you don't have to publish super-hero comics in order to have a hit. The Shadow #1 is worth picking up, and earns 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Apr 14, 2012

    Overall this book is a must read for any comic book fan, in my mind there are not enough good comic books out there, and this is one of them. Let's see if Garth Ennis is up to the task of making this book a must read monthly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 22, 2012

    I've been a fan of The Shadow since discovering Bantam's short-lived paperback reprints of the original stories in the '60s, and it's great to see him back in comics - and back to his old self. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Apr 21, 2012

    Ennis and Campbell seem to have done the impossible and made an already terrifying masked avenger more menacing than ever. I like that. Ennis' dialogue is razor sharp, Campbell's art is wonderfully atmospheric , and The Shadow's justice is uncompromising and brutal. This could be the start of something very good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Apr 19, 2012

    The Shadow #1 is a strong debut that will be sure to please fans of this classic pulp character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Apr 23, 2012

    For those who are interested in The Shadow, I recommend you skip Alec Baldwin's movie of the same name. In this comic, instead, The Shadow is powerful, scary and full of crazy new powers of which most people are probably unaware. And under Garth Ennis' crafty pen, he is intimidating and interesting, both in and out of costume. I look forward to reading about the evil lurking in the hearts of men, especially if this version of the Shadow is on the case. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Apr 23, 2012

    So Ennis and Campbell have hooked me for their first story arc, and in my experience with Ennis, that usually means he'll hook me for a few more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Apr 21, 2012

    In the end, it has to be admitted that revisiting yet another well-worn character from days gone by may be of limited value for a lot of readers, but Ennis' enthusiasm for the character, and confident plotting, do the job about as well as you could ask. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Apr 18, 2012

    The Shadow is off to a solid start. If you are a fan of Ennis, you'll enjoy this book, no doubt. It's the perfect character for his dark mentality and it looks like it's going to be one hell of a ride. If you're a fan of The Shadow, then you'll be happy to know that the character is in great hands. Ennis obviously loves him as much as we do. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Apr 18, 2012

    "The Shadow" #1 is a fine comic but it actually sets up for future greatness rather than impressing right now. The opening scene is bombastic and the final scene is crisply expressive in a surgical manner. In between, we suffer the exposition that keeps the narrative afloat between character moments. Cranston isn't here to be our stand-in or to make us feel safe. Cranston is a man on a personal mission and he most likely doesn't care if you believe or support or have any views at all. We are being shown a one-man act engaging in a way you might not be used to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Apr 21, 2012

    The Shadow starts off right, but could have been a lot better. But it's safe to say that anyone who reads the book will be around next month to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Apr 21, 2012

    We’ve come a long way since the Shadow’s last incarnation with the cheesy Alec Baldwin movie from some years ago. This version doesn’t sugar-coat it like that movie did, this is more vicious & bloody and has some sense of character development. After all, it is written by Garth Ennis, the guy responsible for such gems as Preacher & Crossed. For Ennis, the violence is tamed downed a little bit, but I had fun reading it. Illustrated by Aaaron Campbell (Dark Shadows Vol. 1) & a stunning cover by Jae Lee. From Dynamite Comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 19, 2012

    At best the first issue of The Shadow is a mixed success with a great cover by Alex Ross. Is that enough to keep me reading the title? Maybe, but much like Dynamite's Green Hornet titles it's going to have to get better for me to plop down $4 each month. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Apr 20, 2012

    There just is not much to say about this first issue. It isn't even that terrible; it is just a boring comic, and one that will probably be easily forgotten after reading the stack of whatever else was purchased this week. It may, however, be worth a second chance " as mentioned before, the one instance where things actually happened was rather well done, and if the action kicks up a notch or three in the issues to come, it will certainly be worth checking out. Until then, though, this debut should probably be left alone, unless you want that excellent Jae Lee cover. Read Full Review

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