The Shade #1

The Shade #1

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Cully Hamner Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 12, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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James Robinson returns to the world of his acclaimed STARMAN series with a new 12-issue series starring the antihero known as The Shade! An attack at the Starman museum kicks off a globe-hopping, centuries spanning quest that will irrevocably change The Shade's life, and ultimately shed light on his true origin! Artist extraordinaire Cully Hamner (RED) kicks off the series, and upcoming issues will feature art by such luminaries as Darwyn Cooke, Javier Pulido, Jill Thompson, Frazer Irving and Gene Ha!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Oct 12, 2011

    New readers looking for a story that isn't totally entrenched in the new DC Universe should definitely give this maxiseries a shot. 'The Shade' is debonair, different, charismatic and interesting. The pacing in this book is solid, the art is absolutely breathtaking and the ending leaved you wanting more. I was impressed with this first issue and am anxiously looking forward to the next one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 12, 2011

    "Shade" #1 is a glorious return to form, topped with a beautiful painted cover from Tony Haris, and a welcome trip back to the "Starman" corner of the DC Universe. I'm sure many will be trying to figure out how this fits into the new DC Universe, but honestly, it's so good that the response should be, "Who cares?" "Shade" #1 is fantastic, that's all you need to know, and we've still got 11 more issues. Bring them on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 17, 2011

    We'll see if the creative team can keep this series from becoming too dark - but the title character is one of the more interesting figures in DC's stable, when he's handled properly - and so far, no worries there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Oct 18, 2011

    I dearly loved this book, and I hope that Robinson is allowed to continue playing with this character after these 12 issues reach their conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Oct 20, 2011

    Everybody in this issue is simply likeable, which is more than I can say for Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Ken Godberson Dec 27, 2011

    All in all, I highly recommend this book. If you are a fan of the old Starman series, you have probably already bought this issue. But if not, I recommend you purchase it. Yes, it's not Batman. Yes, it's not Superman. It's just a book trying to tell a good story with very interesting characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 16, 2011

    A very strong start to a title focusing on one of the more eccentric and original characters in the DCU. Fine writing and terrific art sure work wonders, don't they? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Oct 28, 2011

    Robinson's scripting isn't the tightest, I often had to reread conversations to get the flow and intonation right, but he's certainly got his mojo flowing, something I wasn't expecting to ever return, having actually gave up on him altogether a couple of years ago after once being a huge fan. He's joined in the first arc of this mini-series with Cully Hamner who illustrates conversations with just as much gusto as his action sequences. Hamner's heavy lines and clean layouts give the series an animated feel, perhaps not true-to-life, but definitely lively. Though I don't recall him ever working on Opal City before he seems to have a sense of ease and familiarity in illustrating its denizens which makes it a warm read under a cool title. The art team is slated to rotate out throughout the series, with talent like Darwyn Cooke, Frazier Irving and Jill Thompson amongst the other names. This, from purely an artistic standpoint, is going to be a gem of a title. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Oct 12, 2011

    It's been a long time coming, but Robinson's return to Shade, at least at the outset, has delivered. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover Oct 20, 2011

    In the pages of Starman, Shade was brilliantly used as a stark juxtaposition to the normal guy characterization of Jack, whose abilities were tied to technology whereas Shade's were inexplicable and magically derived. So what happens when Shade is removed from the context of Starman and given his own little spotlight? Read Full Review

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