Shadowman #1

Writer: Andy Diggle Artist: Stephen Segovia Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: March 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 12
8.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

DON'T FEAR YOUR DEMONS. FIGHT THEM. Orphaned as a child and raised on the margins of society, Jack Boniface never knew his place in the world. Until he discovered it waiting for a darkness far older than the reign of men...

Unbeknownst to him, Jack was fated to become the next in a long lineage of Shadowmen - mortals bound to violent voodoo spirits of immense power - that could safeguard our world against incursions from realms beyond.

For years, he struggled to control the loa's murderous urges - a battle he eventually lost. But now, after years of self-imposed exile, the man once known as Shadowman is returning h more

  • 10
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Mar 27, 2018

    Good pacing, thoughtful characterizations, and a dash of mystique along with excellent physical storytelling make Shadowman #1 an essential read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Mar 27, 2018

    This entire first issue of Shadowman (2018) is exploding with excitement without an ounce of dullness to hold it back. It is full of beauty which makes the darkness of the story both alluring and refreshing. There isn't much more that this team could have done to reintroduce this complicated character into the current comic book world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - William Pace Mar 27, 2018

    This book is a thing of beauty to behold. Stephen and Ulises killed this issue! I have nothing but praise especially for the art team on this title. Way to step up to the plate and show us how it's done. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Mar 30, 2018

    Jack Boniface returns to his heroic title in fantastic fashion. With strong characterization all around and a plot that balances potent action sequences and character moments, SHADOWMAN #1 is a must read for fans of Valiant Entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Mar 28, 2018

    The tone is set for a new battle of good versus evil and those caught between. Shadowman is back with all the subtle horror needed to tell this story of the struggle of a man with accursed powers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 29, 2018

    'Shadowman' is sweeping and enveloping without losing the core of the characters at the heart of the story. This is poised to be another grand adventure, an epic supernatural journey with a familiar hero that is tortured but resilient. Diggle and company have the potential to give 'Shadowman' its greatest run yet. (No pressure, though). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 2, 2018

    With powerful art and a strong story, this series is off to a good start - proving that in comics, death is just a temporary inconvenience. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Mar 30, 2018

    Shadowman #1 is a stellar new start for the Valiant character. The opening is interesting, the characters are engaging, and the art team give some great work. Andy Diggles revival of this character looks promising. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Mar 28, 2018

    Getting back to my expectations, although they were high,Shadowman #1didn't fall too short. The quality of the comic is of a high standard, and I have no doubt the series will go from strength to strength after this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Tyler Nacross Apr 16, 2018

    Being that this is issue #1, it sets up for the first story arc and much of the backbone the book has to build from. With basic plot threads introduced, it leaves more to be desired that hopefully whet that appetite in the next issue. Honestly speaking here, the allure of a fully constructed, interesting world with the voodoo and horror tones sets for great things to come, the plot related characters are designed to be cool and visually pleasing, and the backgrounds are set pieces for horror movies. What is not to like? Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 28, 2018

    Shadowman #1 is a satisfying start to the new series. I figured there was going to be a few things shaky considering Jack's story has spanned across a number of other hero stories up to this point, but that aside this was exactly what was needed for Jack to begin taking charge of his fate once again. Or at least trying to. It was awesome to catch up with Alyssa and how she has changed herself over the course of five years as well. Everything they face from here will challenge their ability to rise to the occasion and repair their fractured relationship. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Apr 23, 2018

    Everything said and done this new series looks gritty, dark, and full of all the voodoo that we all love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Mar 28, 2018

    Diggle gives just enough callbacks to the previous lore to satisfy longtime fans but doesn't get bogged down in it, allowing those unfamiliar with Jack Boniface to still get the gist of who the character is. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Apr 3, 2018

    Generally speaking, mystical realms coming from deep in the bayou always intrigued me. Stories older than the Civil War about voodoo and dark arts have spread throughout the south that still shivers spines today. In any case, Shadowman brings an old classic storytelling into the modern era. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Matt Funk Mar 28, 2018

    While visually interesting and action-packed, the first issue of Shadowman is held back by being too rooted in the character's continuity, making it a less effective jumping on point for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Jon Del Arroz Mar 28, 2018

    That said, I'm happy they've pushed Shadowman beyond those last atrocious arcs he was in before. This might work better in trade, we'll have to see how the story progresses, but the issue needed more punch to it. The 1994 Shadowman is a great guideline for how much can be accomplished in single issues. I'd suggest picking those up if you haven't read those already. The 2018 book has some nice callbacks, but has the untapped potential to be a lot more than is printed on these pages. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Mar 28, 2018

    Its a tough and complicated story that Diggle and Segovia have undertaken, but the payoff could be huge. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 4, 2018

    I always like to give new #1s a go, but Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia didn't give me enough here to make me want to continue with this series. It does seem set up for Shadowman fans with some callbacks and continuations, but newcomers might find themselves lost and confused. I was both of those, but unfortunately, I was also bored with a large portion of the issue as well. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 29, 2018

    "Shadowman" #1 feels like a generic, mundane superhero comic with competent art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SloboSOY Mar 29, 2018

    A very good job for a first issue about a character I didn't know off. But their is too detail I miss to enjoy it like I would have.
    And this once more about a dark hero & a very dark story. And that's not what I wait of a heroes story.

    Cover - I choose cover B. 2/2
    Story - Nicely done 3/3
    Arts - Very Strong 3/3
    Feeling - Mixed, and I think I will not take it further. 1/2

    Hey I know give a 9/10 & didn't want to follow it may look like a very dumb. But I just have to point out the fact this is a great work, but not for me. It's happen.

  • 9.0
    RustonLF Mar 29, 2018

    The first issue is mostly spent catching up those that did not know the character as well. It returns the character and establishes the main conflict. The Voodoo basis for the character and location make for an interesting world with a whole lot to explore. The art and character designs are what really had me interested in the title. I have not read a whole lot of Shadowman since his 90's debut but was able to sink into the story here quickly. It is a title worth checking out.

  • 8.5
    Bill Blaze Mar 28, 2018

    Looks pretty good. Lots of voodoo stuff. I'm not too familiar with Shadowman but he seems interesting enough. We'll see where this goes.

  • 8.5
    RaisingBlack Mar 29, 2018

    I have rarely read much from Valiant comics. I loved War Mother and Eternity but this is the first time I decided to jump into a regular monthly series. Shadowman was a great number 1 for this series. We get some solid action and the comics does a really good job of giving new readers the info they need. I heard mixed reviews about past runs of shadowman so I am happy to start fresh. If you are a Brother Voodoo, Dr. Strange, or Constatine fan than I think you will love this issue. Diggle sets the danger and mystery early in this book and the characters feel vivid. I think I prefer Diggle's dialogue to the tone he has in the narration but ultimately it is great writing. The art I love. It is dark and feels authentic. Between this book and Ab more

  • 9.0
    axdn Apr 15, 2018

  • 9.0
    Tex8285 Apr 30, 2018

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Mar 31, 2018

  • 8.0
    shatnr Apr 22, 2018

  • 8.0
    Pantheon36 Apr 30, 2018

  • 8.0
    CraigR Jun 4, 2018

  • 5.5
    Bloodraven Apr 6, 2018

  • 4.0
    Deadlybeavis Apr 2, 2018

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