Shadecraft #1

Writer: Joe Henderson Artist: Lee Garbett Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 31, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 12
8.8Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Zadie Lu is afraid of her own shadow. She's a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of it by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can't even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of all things?
From the creative team that brought you the Eisner-nominated SKYWARD, writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Netflix's Lucifer) and artist LEE GARBETT (Captain Marvel). Join Zadie Lu as she ventures into the shadows to face her fears and discovers a legacy she never kne more

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Apr 1, 2021

    A year after her brother's death, Zadie Lu must face the shadows in her life. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 9, 2021

    At first glance, it would be easy to dismiss this books as another Sabrina type of affair. yet the relationships that form this book are the foundations on which Zadie will look to rise. With a charming, sometime self-deprecating character and a cast of people to interact with, Image comics, thanks to Henderson and Garbett, have another hit on the their hands, Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Apr 12, 2021

    Snyder and Capullo….great team….Mcfarlane and Capullo….great team…..Henderson and Garbett….great team. You get the picture! This book is well worth the investment and the cover is frame worthy! Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 1, 2021

    Shadecraft's first issue is a pitch-perfect blend of fantasy horror and teenage coming of age drama that hits it out of the park with every single page and panel. Gorgeous and terrifying imagery and moments blend together in a way that almost cannot be described and have to be witnessed as they are. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Apr 3, 2021

    OverallI love how writer Joe Henderson has taken something that we all take for granted. Like our own shadows and turned it into something scary. Granted it is a trope that is used a lot in horror. But whether it is good or not always depends on the execution. And it is executed brilliantly in this story. And we get a very clever twist at the end of the book too. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    GWW - B Ferg Mar 30, 2021

    For Zadie, the lead character of Image Comics new comic Shadecraft, the question is whether she is ready to step out of the shadow. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Mar 31, 2021

    This book is an engaging teen drama with a mix of supernatural forces, with beautiful art, and a relatable protagonist thatll keep me around for at least the first arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Mar 31, 2021

    This is ultimately a story about shadows cast. Living in the shadow of trauma, of being an outcast in high school, of an older sibling who you think you could never live up too. And Shadecraft‘s three-act structure works brilliantly to explore these different topics effectively. The tone and atmosphere build naturally off that once we get to the big reveal, it all feels earned and poignant. Zadie's a fun protagonist to follow because she feels very familiar, and we all have known someone in our lives like her in some capacity, even if none of us probably know exactly what it's like to have supernatural killer shadows stalking you. I commend Henderson for writing her so well and for Garbett illustrating her journey so dynamically. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 9, 2021

    Shadecraft #1 ends with a great twist that ties everything in this issue together, solidifying the foundation for the rest of the series. It's equal parts heartwarming and horrifying, which is an interesting combination. This is a comic that really hits the ground running and I'm eager to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Mar 9, 2021

    Shadecraft #1 is a compelling start to this series. I know that I, personally, am already invested in Zadie's story, and am eager to see how it all plays out from here. It looks like once again Image Comics has gotten their hands on a memorable series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham Mar 31, 2021

    Overall, Shadecraft #1 is a new series you'll want to check out. If you love shows like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you'll love Shadecraft. The book was already picked up by Netflix to become a TV show, so you'll definitely want to snag a copy to keep up with the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Mar 31, 2021

    SHADECRAFT #1 is an exciting new series. We can't wait to see where Henderson and team take the story next. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Mar 31, 2021

    Henderson and Garbett's Skyward ran for a solid 15 issues before it came to a close back in 2019. With the first issue of Shadecraft, artist and writer have crafted an opening issue with the right pacing and visual appeal to have an equally satisfying run. Zadie is relatable enough as a character that it's easy to imagine hanging out with her and her shadows for the next year-and-a-half or so.  Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Apr 2, 2021

    While there are some moments where it feels like the story is talking too much, its still a well written, well paced story with some great art and creepy imagery. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Mar 30, 2021

    While it's hard to tell where this series is going, it's obvious that it's worth diving into. The gorgeous visuals, intriguing premise, and entertaining characters all come together to create something fun. It's light on the horror so it won't scare off any readers, but just creepy enough to pull you in. This is looking like a solid follow-up to Wayward. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Mar 31, 2021

    High school is bad enough when the jocks and the mean girls hate you, but it gets worse when even the shadows want you dead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Mar 29, 2021

    'Shadecraft' #1 is a deftly created supernatural adventure with an engaging heroine thrust into a mysterious battle against the shadows. The cliffhanger changes the stakes altogether taking readers on a whole new path filled with questions and new possibilities. No wonder it's being adapted for television.  'Shadecraft' should be on your pull-list, ASAP! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 31, 2021

    Shadecraft #1 is a solid start. It's a mystery as to what's going on and dances between horror and something much more. There's a family touch to it that grounds the story and adds a bit more than just scares and tension. The school aspects make Zadie a more believable character and one that's a bit easier to connect to. I have a feeling that the series is going to deliver a lot more of that and turn on the waterworks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Apr 1, 2021

    Obviously I dont have the benefit of having seen the whole story yet, but for me, this sits in what I would class as YA horror, the PG13 end of the market. However, that isnt to say that mature horror fans cant also find something to enjoy in this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 29, 2021

    I'm not sure quite where this series is going after a single issue, but Henderson and Garbett have my interest; no small accomplishment given I'm not much for horror titles. Make of that assessment what you will. Perhaps horror fans will find this to be typical of the trade? Yet I think most will appreciate the originality of Shadecraft's execution, even if a story about the monsters in the dark is not all that original. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Mar 12, 2021

    Final ThoughtsShadecraft #1 wastes no time digging into its core concept as it introduces readers to its protagonist and monsters right off the bat. There's a lot of introduction here, little story progression, but it leaves a solid impression. The art is good and the artists really made the characters and shadow monsters look great. It's worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Gonzalo M Mar 31, 2021

    After reading this issue a few times, its safe to say Im hooked. I think this story has tremendous potential to be a suspenseful thriller as well as personal drama revolving around a character that is all too relatable as Crazy Zadie. I will absolutely be keeping up with this story and recommending it to everyone along the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Mar 31, 2021

    Finding the right blend of the playful and macabre, Shadecraft is setting the stage for a frightening story, regardless of whether those horrors come from the real world of navigating high school or from a darker realm of existence. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Brion Salazar Mar 31, 2021

    If you are a fan of CW sows, this might be worth checking out.

    We are quickly introduced to Zadie Liu, a teenage girl that is dealing with a lot of typical high-schooler problems of insecurity and feeling like an outsider, she is also forced to experience the tragedy of having her older brother lying comatose in a hospital bed while her family hopes he will one day return to them. Add to this the fact that Zadie is convinced that shadows are coming alive and trying to kill her and you have an interesting coming of age story with a supernatural twist.

    While the plot is translucent in its direction, the concept is solid and I can see where Joe Henderson will have opportunities to deal with issues and emotions beyond ju more

  • 6.0

    Issue: 1

    Publisher: @imagecomics
    Writer: @joehenderson12
    Art: @leegarbett
    Colorist: @antoniofabela
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    Letterer: @simonbowlandlettering
    Editor: @rick_lopezjr

    Zadie Lu is a high school student. For years she has felt overshadowed by her popular brother, however now that is no longer the case since her brother is in a coma. Life is never easy at that age. Dealing with the fact that she can’t interact with her brother is tough on anyone. Not to mention that something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie has an irrational fear of shadows and swears the shadows are coming to life. She is convinced that the shadows are watching her and tryin more

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