The Shade #12

The Shade #12

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Gene Ha Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 12, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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The final issue of The Shade’s year-long odyssey is here! Learn the truth about one of the most mysterious men in the DC Universe and see once and for all what makes him tick: good or evil?

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 13, 2012

    James Robinson and his varied artistic collaborators -- especially including Gene Ha -- delivered twelve hearty issues of the chronicles of Richard Swift. His life and times, his relation with his own family and with those allies and acquaintances made for some great reading, but no other issue of the series stands as strongly by itself as "The Shade" #12. Robinson may have closed another chapter on the Shade, but this conclusion has me hoping that we'll see the two of them reunited sometime soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outer Realm Comics - thanosrules Sep 16, 2012

    The final page is as somber as it is perfect. We see an end of a story, told from the very beginning by both The Shade and James alike. The story, perfectly packaged and delivered, as a tale of prevailing heroism, wrought with regret, despair and human frailty. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 13, 2012

    So, why sort of, after all that? Because, in true fashion for one as complex and darkly opaque in character as the Shade, Robinson only gives us half the tale. A complete story (and one, I might add, worthy of reading even if you have not picked up any previous issue) this book certainly is, but hardly the end. There is still a great enigma to the Shades beginnings to be unraveled, and I am desperately glad for it. I suspect I would be deeply sad were this the last untold story. Knowing theres another one out there is both comforting and maddening, but ever wanting more is perhaps the best place to leave off with a beloved character. For as Dick Swifts good friend once wrote, The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. May it be soon indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Sep 14, 2012

    This has been a series that has gotten better with each issue (I, personally, didn't love the first couple of installments), and has built to an ultimately satisfying conclusion. Robinson and his cadre of talented artists have created the ultimate Shade story and, hopefully, set the stage for more forays into his world in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 19, 2012

    Some truly stunning art accompanies a solid resolution to what has been one of the more unusual stories from the Big Two in a while, unusual because it involves a lot of reflection and introspection, things that most comics hardly ever engage in. Read Full Review

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