Shadow War: War Zone #1

Event\Storyline: Shadow War Writer: Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips, Joshua Williamson, Nadia Shammas Artist: Michael Bowden, Ann Maulina, Sweeney Boo, Otto Schmidt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 18, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 27
7.1Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

Written by Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips and Nadia Shammas Art by Trevor Hairsine, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden and Others A special issue that showcases the spread and impact of the Shadow War on the DCU! Talia al Ghul has put out a hit on anyone who has ever worked with Deathstroke-and that includes Black Canary! Where has Luke Fox been? Talia is sick of watching from the sidelines and joins the battle herself! Also featuring the new villain Angel Breaker! What is her connection to Ghost-Maker?

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 17, 2022

    Overall, four exceptional stories without a real weak link. This is how you do an anthology and an event tie-in and make it count. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne May 17, 2022

    Shadow War Zone #1 is a highly entertaining issue that works on two levels. It enhances the overall story of "Shadow War by casting its narrative net far and wide, while also managing to set the stage for multiple storylines to come in the future. This is a wonderful collection of short, snappy stories, and I thoroughly recommend picking up a copy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 17, 2022

    All in all, Shadow War Zone #1 is a good anthology, although in general, it doesn't tie too heavily into the crossover event. It reads more like good taste testers and starters for bigger stories to come, which is a good thing, but it's not quite what this book is selling given the event itself. Pick up this issue if you like any of the characters above, but skip it if you're looking for Shadow War developments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker May 17, 2022

    Shadow War Zone #1 is an anthology with much to love. It is rife with action, interesting characters, and gorgeous art. It extends to the outer reaches of Deathstrokes associates and sees them interacting in their unique ways. Whilst they are different, three of the four stories could be considered slightly repetitive in their structure, even if their tones are varied. However, they all carry with them the personality of the person leading them. The Talia story is important as it is something refreshing from the intense violence of the other chapters, but it has depth and weight to the storytelling. These are fun, small tales with focus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 17, 2022

    As the case with most anthologies, it's a variety of quality. There's nothing outright bad and the tease for future exciting developments makes this a worthwhile read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones May 17, 2022

    A great selection of shorter stories that adds more background detail to the overall main arc. Artistically spot on with a collection of stories that captured me further into the arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles May 18, 2022

    Shadow War Zone #1 has enough good stories and art in it to make it fairly enjoyable, but it's not a home run. The first and last stories are the best, but all the stories are enticing enough to see what happens next in the Shadow War. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Nicole Drum May 18, 2022

    Overall, a little bit of a mixed back, but that first story alone is absolutely worth it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard May 17, 2022

    These four stories are all mostly entertaining, but they don't add much to the event, and should be considered supplemental reading. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 25, 2022

    Part of the current Shadow War crossover, Shadow War Zone #1 is an overpriced issue will filler back-up stories in an attempt to justify its $6 cover price. They don't. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Aaron Ray May 17, 2022

    Most of these stories do not accomplish much for the overall "war happening across the DC event. Shadow Warzone #1 feels more like an obligation than something absolutely essential to the plot. Read Full Review

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