The Shadow Now #1
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The Shadow Now #1

Writer: David Liss Artist: Colton Worley Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: October 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Having spent decades in the east to rejuvenate himself, the greatest pulp hero of them all, The Shadow, returns to New York in modern times.  Lamont Cranston seeks to resume his old life, and his heroic alter-ego is ready to stand once more as an enemy to evil.  But while he was gone, his foes have remained vigilant, and the most dangerous man The Shadow has ever faced prepares to rise once more.  It's the shocking beginning to a new era for The Shadow!

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 6, 2013

    Themodern world and the Shadow collide with guns a'blazing and betrayal around every corner. This book proves, yet again, that Dynamite is incapable of producing a bad Shadow comic. The present may seem to have a momentary edge, but my betsare on the Shadow for rootingout evil. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Oct 3, 2013

    The art style is just astounding. Fully painted and is smooth yet vibrant. Even set in modern time Worley still makes it feel like a pulp story. On page five where the Shadow enters with his laugh, that was the highlight of this issue to me. That is something you always want to get right when dealing with The Shadow and the combined efforts of Liss and Worley made this happen. Seeing how the tone becomes so sinister and there is a mesh between red and black. The layout looks unique, and you can see the upgrade in technology using those large maps and computers. Just to point out you can even spot a “Spider” comic that one of the thugs is reading before confronted by The Shadow. Overall a great start and has a lot of potential to grab new readers. Definitely one I'd recommend for the story and art. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geeked Out Nation - OOSteven Oct 1, 2013

    Including the interior artwork which is phenomenal! In its portrayal, design, layout and all around interpretation of David's words. I think Worley has outdone himself this time around and has set himself a new bar to live up to in terms of quality and excellence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Oct 1, 2013

    The Shadow Now #1 doesn't need to exist. But it is an interesting idea that builds off of the contained notions of the franchise in ways that inspire. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Oct 3, 2013

    This is a really cool book. I love the art. The detail and realism that Colton Worley puts to the page is superb and only adds to a fast paced and enjoyable story. This feels so much like a sequel to the movie that I was really excited when I saw it. A great story of The Shadow and it makes me look forward to where they take this book next. The only thing I didn't like was that there was not more story. Pick it up and then wait till next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 7, 2013

    So I like the story, but the art is a bit more of a mix. There are some stunning images, near-photographic depictions, but the storytelling is muddy in places - there are panels where I'm really not sure what's happening. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Sep 30, 2013

    The world of the Shadow is nothing new, but this freshly modern take on the character provides some interesting potential new directions. How will this timeless vigilante deal with the world of modern crime? How effective will the Shadow Network remain? The inclusion of both new and classic elements was fused in a great way that worked on every level. The story thus far, as seen in The Shadow Now #1, isnt anything revolutionary for the world of pulp-action tales, but its certainly an excellent addition to the already terrific catalogue of books capturing this characters heroic exploits. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - FTG Contributor Oct 1, 2013

    Despite that this is still a very good first issue, it establishes things pretty quickly if you haven't ever heard of the Shadow before and gets a lot of the key points of the universe laid out for new readers. Steaks are raised and introduced and the ending really leaves you psyched to see what happens next. Overall The Shadow NOW! is a very fun adventure seeing this classic character and his universe transported into the modern day, it manages to stand out uniquely from a lot of the Green Hornet comics or Captain Midnight and is buoyed by some amazing artwork. I'd say check it out, it could've been great but pretty good is nothing to sneeze at either. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 2, 2013

    Thanks for a good first impression by Colton Worley, The Shadow Now #1 is off to a decent start - that said, this is far from the most user-friendly book on the stands, and gets by mostly because of style points that rock-solid storytelling. If Liss can streamline his plotting and really delve into what makes Lamont Cranston such a long-lasting icon, this book might be Dynamite's new sleeper hit. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 3, 2013

    Liss and Worley make a formidable creative coupling for the adventures of the network and fieldwork of the Shadow. The conclusion to "The Shadow Now" #1 is gripping despite the clich of it all. Liss doesn't telegraph the final scene, but it doesn't come as an overwhelming surprise. Like the rest of the issue, it falls into place, updating the story for today while affirming that the Shadow can still, indeed, be relevant in our time. Read Full Review

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