American Gods: Shadows #4

Writer: Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell Artist: Colleen Doran, Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 14, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
7.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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During an overnight stay at their home, Shadow awakens to a visit from the third of the Zorya sisters: Zorya Polunochnaya. The Midnight Sister's advice is ethereal and strange, yet vital . . . and Shadow can't seem to separate reality from the dream world.
The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman adapted as a comic series for the first time!
o A Starz TV show!
"Russell's lyrical layouts bring Gaiman's visual, vivid prose to life like no other artist."-Comic Book Resources

  • 9.6
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jun 12, 2017

    American Gods #4 is a riveting issue that gives much-needed depth to various characters. The checkers match between Shadow and Czernobog set the stage for the entire issue as much as the next chain of events with Wednesday. Shadow continues to impress me from the way he handled Czernobog as well as his interactions with Zorya. And Essie's story is a wonderful example of how this series has intertwined American history with the mythos of various gods. I don't know Wednesday's overall plan but the character dynamics guarantee it'll all unfold in an entertaining way. I can't wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Outright Geekery - Shaun Barbour Jun 9, 2017

    All-in-all P. Craig Russell does a great job at scripting the comics and presents a well thought layout of panels to tell the story in comic form. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone wanting an introduction to American Gods, or that just don't have the time to read a full novel. Another masterwork for Neil Gaiman, I am sure will having you asking your local comic store for back issues and counting down the days to the next issue release date. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jun 23, 2017

    I now look forward to issue five, which will likely feature Shadow and Mr. Wednesday's bank robbery and will be followed up with their meeting with the new gods. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jul 4, 2017

    This was an impressive issue on a couple of levels. The checkers game is appropriately tense; the meeting between Zorya and Shadow mysterious. The back-up, however, is simply beautiful and transforms the issue from being merely good to being excellent. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Jun 12, 2017

    Overall, I'm enjoying this comic adaptation of American Gods. This is such an excellent and engaging story, and seeing it imagined with expressive art is an absolute treat. I know I'm enjoying a story when I come to the end and I'm bitterly disappointed that it's over"well, this is how I feel when reading American Gods. Don't hesitate, do yourself a favour and grab a copy ASAP! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Patrick Hellen Jun 14, 2017

    It's way too slow. This book takes an entire issue to move 6 pages in the source text, so I expect this will be a very very very very long lasting series, and I'll read it when it's collected. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GWW - Quickmood Jun 15, 2017

    Its to be expected that you get the odd slow patch in a series of any type but I just wasn't expecting it this early on in the comics and for it to practically take up the whole issue just felt disheartening, maybe a quickening of pace at the end wouldn't have gone a miss. I'm pretty sure the next issue will be back to its normal mind-bending characters and events but for this one, it lacked its normal suspense and dark humor, pray to God it returns in number 5. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chonz Jun 13, 2017

    I'm really enjoying this series. Gaiman is a little to twee for my tastes in his novels, but comics is a medium his writing really shines. And this book really illustrates it. Looking forward to more.

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