Review: ‘The Shadow’ #6

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Garth Ennis’ run on The Shadow concludes in issue 6, as Lamont Cranston and company attempt to prevent the Japanese from obtaining the materials necessary to build a death ray and end World War II. It’s the end of another solid Ennis tale, featuring the solid characterization, tight writing and – yes – gratuitous amounts of violence that he’s known for. Aaron Campbell’s art is as good as it’s been for the past few issues, enhancing the story with its vivid depictions of the action and the scenes in between. It’s a shame to see Ennis leave, but at least he’s left on a high note.

WRITTEN BY: Garth Ennis
ART BY: Aaron Campbell
PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: October 24th, 2012

This issue is the conclusion of Ennis’ first and only arc on “The Shadow”. And he delivers. There are some excellent character moments here, especially early on, as Taro Kondo reveals just how much of a douche he actually is. And we’re talking about a guy who’s already procured children for the pedophilic General Akamatsu earlier in the series here, so the degree of his douche-ness was fairly evident already. There’s also a significant amount of action, as The Shadow finally catches up to Kondo and his crew and exacts brutal vengeance. However, things do not go entirely as planned, but the story is resolved nonetheless and we finally get to find out what everyone’s been after the whole time as well.

As always, Aaron Campbell’s art was excellent. His panels are always clear, detailed, and manage to convey everything that’s happening in a scene. His action scenes are especially impressive, given that he communicates to the reader the sense of cacophony and chaos in the final showdown without actually creating a chaotic panel. His character work is equally excellent – just look at the general’s face in the opening pages to see why.

Between this and Ennis’ latest issue of “The Boys”, Ennis has been on fire lately. This issue falls short of perfect, but it’s undeniably excellent. We’ll see if Victor Gischler can pick up where Ennis left off in issue #7 next month.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – GeorgeShunick