Comic Review: Shadowman #5 (Valiant Comics)

Jack Boniface is a seasoned vet of the Deadside, but even as the Shadowman, warrior of the supernatural, governed by the shadow loa. now that he has never faced the […]

Jack Boniface is a seasoned vet of the Deadside, but even as the Shadowman, warrior of the supernatural, governed by the shadow loa. now that he has never faced the kind of threat that’s looming on the horizon.

The Deadside War has begun, and the line between the living and the dead is beginning to blur. Jack is gonna need all the help he can get to prevent the spillover of the Blights. 

Stan Lee once said that every comic book is someone’s first issue, and Cullen Bunn does a great job at establishing that for new readers and familiars of the character Shadowman. Whether readers have been keeping up with this series, or inviting new readers that are jumping in, Bunn is able to establish the characters within the story, making it easy to follow the events that occur within the book. The shadow side is blending into the world of the living and Jack has to find a means of preventing it from happening. 

The setup of the premise, and the events that unfold garner interest, but the character of Jack is what retains investment to see the story through in this iteration of Shadowman. What’s more enjoyable about this issue is that Bunn wastes no time getting to the meat of the story, putting Shadowman into the midst of action. Usually, some writers will drag things out until the next issue without any sort of action for the issue, but thankfully Bunn spares the reader from dragging things out and shoots his shot, which keeps up the bubbling momentum as Jack embarks on his journey to prevent demonic hordes from spilling into the world of the living..

 Pedro Andreo is a rising star illustrator, and his work on this book is superb! His art style is distinct, and his narrative abilities to carry the story with beautiful textures is proof of his capabilities as an illustrator. Coupled with Jordie Bellaire’s coloring, Andreo’s linework is embellished with color choices that are appropriate to the art and the narrative of the story that Bunn has written. Bellaire’s ability to apply interesting yet complementary color palettes is always enjoyable to see and partnered with Andreo’s linework, makes the book a beauty to look at. Cowels lettering and choice of lettering placement is complementary and effective, providing a great balance between the dialogue and art which delivers a great reading experience. 

I enjoyed this latest installment of Shadowman. With enjoyable writing and visually stunning art. I look forward to the next installment and couldn’t recommend this book enough. This issue is one of the best in Valiant’s catalog and Shadowman continues to be a solid book worth checking out. 

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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