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Shadow Service #1

Writer: Cavan Scott Artist: Corin Howell Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: August 19, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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Worried your partner is cheating? Need a missing person found? Gina Meyers is the Private Investigator for you. Sure, she's a witch who worries that her powers make her more of a monster than the crooks she's trying to catch, but it's not like London's criminal underworld is literally going to hell... is it? Spy craft meets black magic in the shadowy world of MI666.

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Aug 19, 2020

    A near-perfect first issue, from the high quality of the artwork to the layers of the script. Shadow Service #1 also has one of the best first issue cliffhangers Ive seen in some time, alternately horrifying and intriguingjust like the rest of the book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Aug 18, 2020

    Though maybe Shadow Service #1 jumped the gun a little bit on the supernatural thing, altogether, I adored this first issue. It built upon an interesting concept in a unique way and the issue immediately sucked me into this character and this world. It is also just a very well done first issue. From introducing us to a new character and world, from the writing to the art, everything is just top-notch work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 30, 2020

    Shadow Service stands tall next to the likes of Criminal Macabre and Hellblazer in the world of supernatural detectives while still putting its own spin on it to stand apart. We're just scratching the surface of this world, full of potential and I cannot wait to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Jun 28, 2020

    Shadow Service #1 is where a Noir setting gives way to a spy story. But it's unknown who to root for at this time as nothing seems to be in control. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 19, 2020

    While I don't feel like I get the basics of this world just yet, there's plenty revealed here and lots of room to grow. And it's easy to stick with it as the creative team is a very solid one and the more they put out the more I'm sure it's going to hit its stride. Gina's a standard character at the moment but the potential is there as is the exploration of this world and how magic fits into things. It's appropriately creepy and disturbing at all the right times and I want to know more about Gina based on the glimpses of her past that we get as well. Definitely a title to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 19, 2020

    Shadow Service #1 is an interesting debut. I thought I knew what the comic was going to be like going in to it but by the end, it's not what I expected at all. What starts as a simple detective story winds up as something totally different by the end and leaves me intrigued to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Comic Watch Aug 11, 2020

    Shadow Service #1 is another excellent entry into the market from Vault. Every element of the construction of this opening issue is rock solid from writing to art, lettering, and cover with a whole bunch of great hooks to make you want to know more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Aug 19, 2020

    If you enjoy some of the darker books from the Big Two that dive into the world of magic, demons and witches (bring on the Hellblazer comparisons!) this is definitely worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Jul 27, 2020

    Overall, this was a brilliant start to a brand new property. Scott seems to be having so much fun by delving deep into the caverns of this story line. As a paranormal investigation series, with dark, and ominous art, this ticks a lot of brilliant boxes. You won't want to miss this disturbing first issue, so make sure to add issue #1 to your pull list! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Aug 21, 2020

    Shadow Service #1 from Cavan Scott & Corin Howell, another win from Vault Comics, is a witchy take on the private investigator genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Aug 18, 2020

    Fans of spy fiction and urban fantasy owe it to themselves to give 'Shadow Service' a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Aug 20, 2020

    While the artwork and colors are well put together, "Shadow Service" seems to be going a bit too slowly in getting to the premise it relies upon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Aug 20, 2020

    Gina Myers battles her own inner demons while dealing with the monstrous in London. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Alex Clark-McGlenn Aug 22, 2020

    A solid first issue that has me intrigued enough to come back next month for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 20, 2020

    I like Vault Comics. Over the lat 18 months or so, they have produced a high number of fantastic books, making ground on companies such as AfterShock, Valiant and maybe even Dark Horse. This then, is probably the first book that I am disappointed in. Hopefully Scott has more in the tank than a pastiche of an already very familiar and popular character. I look forward to being proven wrong. Read Full Review

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