Shaft #2

Shaft #2

Writer: David Walker Artist: Bilquis Evely Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: January 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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Every great detective has their first case. For John Shaft, that first case seems simple enough. But tracking down a missing person for his girlfriend quickly turns into a matter of life and death. With the bodies piling up, Shaft realizes he's in over his head. But can he stay alive long enough to figure out what is going on, or will his first case be the death of John Shaft?

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jan 12, 2015

    The ending in this issue looks to serve at the turning point when John Shaft turns into the mythological bad ass we've come to know as Shaft. As history dictates, that is not a good thing for those who have wronged him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ra'Chaun Rogers Jan 9, 2015

    This story is not only engaging but extremely well-told and I wouldn't be surprised if Walker was soon getting calls from Marvel and DC to write for the characters of color they're going to be pushing soon (namely Cyborg and Black Panther). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Jan 7, 2015

    David F. Walker has written this issue beautifully and this is a side of Shaft that I'm glad we get to see. While the films exemplified his his super cool, sex machine status; Walker is giving us a man who probably suffers from PTSD and wants nothing more than to do the right thing and stay out of trouble. And I'm for one down with this characterization of Shaft that turns him into a more realistic person instead of a funky cool man of legend. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jan 6, 2015

    Love the final panel of this issue. Evely delivers a shocking final scene that will have you dying to see what happens next. Evely's artwork looks vintage and new at the same time. It's hard to explain, but it's wonderful to look at. Her style, along Walker's ability to not sugarcoat any of the story and deliver a gritty and exciting comic, is what will make me keep coming back for more. I'm sure a lot of people didn't pick this up because they had never seen the movies, but you don't have to in order to enjoy this series. This is Walker's rendition of the well-known story, and it's fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Jimi Longmuir Jan 6, 2015

    In short, everyone is earning their cheques on ‘Shaft #2′ so I would gladly recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the genre and of comics in general. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jan 8, 2015

    Evely and colorist Daniela Miwa do a solid job of maintaining the visual appeal of the story. The setting is never too polished, but the images are well detailed. Miwa's coloring choices both in the hues used as well as the texture that can almost seem tangible in how it is employed certainly establish a distinct era. But the effectiveness of the second issue and the story as a whole are a credit to the writing craft of David Walker. Though there seems to be a missed opportunity in further exploring the story line that was presented in the first opportunity, Walker brings the second issue to a close in a way that rights the ship. It might not be the unknown origin of Shaft that readers never knew they wanted, but it is possible that in telling a larger story that moves beyond that limited space, Walker and Evely will be able to craft a book titled Shaft that does even more. Read Full Review

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