The Shadow Special #1

The Shadow Special #1

Writer: Scott Beatty Artist: Ronan Cliquet Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: December 26, 2012 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7
6.7Critic Rating
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The Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. But when Lamont Cranston crosses paths with an old friend--a fellow veteran of "the war to end all wars"--Cranston's justice serving alter ego must judge a man whose path to villainy began with their friendship! At the risk of his own secrets being laid bare, Cranston accepts an invitation to join a very exclusive club of adventurers whose dark hearts might be the worst The Shadow has ever encountered!

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - John Rose Feb 14, 2013

    The Shadow Special teases the readers with its revelations of some of the past of its mysterious lead but the real payoff is found when the power he relies on most to carry out his idea of justice fails him when faced with an old acquaintance. While the comic feels like it has far more potential than it manages to fulfill in its 30 pages, readers will find that even a less than in depth adventure can be an incredible reward as they discover more about the man who knows about the hearts of others than they had previously likely suspected when he has to try to deal with a face from his past and his own certainty failing him. As such, this mystery may place him and his companion Margo Lane in more trouble than they can get out of in a comic that is equal parts pulp fun and danger rolled into one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - thorverine Dec 26, 2012

    The Shadow special is just that, special. With a solid story that plays out more as a character piece and fine art and colors, The Shadow shines in Veterans of a Foreign War. If you like The Shadow, you'll really dig this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - JohnP Dec 28, 2012

    Overall, this issue is a good read, especially on such an uncrowded week for comics. It's a standalone story, so anyone can pick it up and enjoy a good, old fashioned Shadow tale that balances humor and dark adventure. As a fan of the old radio serials, I enjoyed it very much as somewhat of a call back to that kind of plot, but fans of Dynamite's main Shadow series right now might find it lacking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Dec 26, 2012

    The Shadow Special #1 is a good way to introduce new readers to this franchise but seasoned followers may or may not appreciate this journey. Despite that what we have here is still a solid package that easily earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Dec 27, 2012

    While "Veterans of a Foreign War" isn't the best introduction to the world of The Shadow, it's a treat for fans of the character, and fans of the format. $4.99 for a complete, self-contained story feels like a steal these days, doesn't it? All this, and a terrific Alex Ross cover, too! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 6, 2013

    Much of the oversized issue deals with flashbacks of Allard and Griffin meaning the story limits the amount of time The Shadow appears, at least until the last few pages when Crantston takes his vengeance on men he once called brothers. It's a little pricey at $5, but fans should enjoy themselves with this glimpse into Cranston's past before he could look into the hearts of men. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jan 1, 2013

    In "The Shadow Special" #1, Beatty and Cliquet get the pulpy, retro noir tone right -- not a trivial achievement -- but nailing the look and sound doesn't mean that there's substance beneath the style. Read Full Review

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