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. READ MORE
The Shadow returns, sans Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell, in this “Annual” issue to face an ancient enemy of the higher power he serves. Independent of the current arc in pre-World War II China, this issue of “The Shadow” unfortunately fails to meet the standards of Ennis and Campbell’s current run. The artwork by Dennis Calero shows promise in certain areas, but leaves a lot to be desired in others. Tom Sniegoski’s dialogue is generic, and his script brings nothing new to the character. This is a subpar issue in an otherwise excellent series. READ MORE
Alex Ross is well known for his comic cover art, however, he has not done a full interior for a book since “Justice”, which ended in 2007. Perhaps even more noteworthy is that fact that this is the first work-for-hire project that Roberson has agreed to since putting the kibosh on DC and Marvel. Masks comes from Dynamite, and it brings together all of their pulpy masked heroes including The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro, The Spider, Miss Fury, The Black Batand, and more. The hype for “Masks” will be insane. READ MORE
Dynamite has been picking up some steam with their releases over the past year, and this is perhaps the biggest of the bunch. Famed writer, Garth Ennis with artist Aaron Campbell are re-imagining The Shadow, and it begins later this month. Ennis is well known for his dark and no holds barred writing style that matches up perfectly with the old-time hero. The original character dates back to the 1930s, a pulp style crime-fighting vigilante with mysterious powers and his signature red bandana tied around his mouth. The new series will travel back to late 1930s New York for a dark spy series that will inevitably be one of Dynamite’s best of the year. Check out the preview below.