Review: ‘Shadowman’ #14

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Writer Peter Milligan and artist Roberto De La Torre dig a little bit deeper into “Shadowman” with their second issue of their reboot of the book. The creative team have put Jack Boniface into a tailspin and essentially turned his world upside down, which has already made this series a much more compelling read.

WRITTEN BY: Peter Milligan
ART BY: Roberto De La Torre
PUBLISHER: Valiant
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 8th, 2014

One of the interesting plot twists to emerge out of this issue was the revelation that Alyssa is trying to get Jack to fall in love with her in order to tame the LOA and get him under control. It was also intriguing to see the Shadowman LOA emerge as a character within the book as Milligan gives it more of a demonic persona than it was previously depicted in previous issues. It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next few months and where this series is headed.

In just two issues artist Roberto De La Torre has really given this book the look, feel, and consistency on art that it’s been missing. De La Torre’s style is a perfect fit and his heavy amounts of black, mixed with grey tone, gives the book a great contrast. The action sequences leap off the page and give it the necessary wallop “Shadowman” has desperately needed for quite some time. De La Torre also does a great job of conveying the emotional beats where Jack’s life is spiraling out of control with his art. The word balloons could be removed and his art would still effectively tell the story, which is a testament to his storytelling ability. The only criticism that could possibly be thrown towards the art is that there are moments when Jack appears to look much older than he has in previous issues of the series. In the flashback sequences when Jack is supposed to be a teen, he looks like he’s in his mid-30s, but that aside this issue was pretty much flawless.

Milligan and Roberto De La Torre have injected “Shadowman” with a new found energy that is infectious for longtime readers. Lapsed readers should come back on board and grab the first two issues of this run because the book is back on track, and anyone that is sleeping on this book desperately needs a wakeup call.

4/5 Skulls