Comic Review: Shadowman #7 (Valiant Comics)

The Deadside has bled into the world of the living, running rampant and bringing all kinds of chaos unto the living. It’s up to Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and the Abettors […]

The Deadside has bled into the world of the living, running rampant and bringing all kinds of chaos unto the living.

It’s up to Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and the Abettors to stave off the threat of the Deadside while the rest of the heroes across the globe hold their own. Can Shadowman and his team succeed against the Deadside and its champion of the dead?

Cullen Bunn does a lot of narrative work, focusing on the inner turmoil of Jack Boniface and his role as Shadowman. Bunn explores the kind of character Boniface is and what sets him apart from his predecessors, and how he views the conflict that he experiences. There are some great narrative monologues that carry this book, but there are moments where the narrative monologue can get a little excessive, but it doesn’t take away from the overall story. Readers get to see how much of the Deadside is affecting the world of the living, and the ramifications it’s having across the globe, which is nice to see given the shared universe that Shadowman is a part of. Hopefully, there will be some follow-up ramifications due to Shadowman’s involvement in such events, but that remains to be seen in the following issue and arcs to come.

Pedro Andreo continues to give new life to the world of Shadowman within the arc of this series. Much of the linework and page layouts are dynamic with power, and style. Andreo does a fantastic job delivering chaotic action and gestural work that makes everything in this book dynamic. Accompanied by Jordie Bellaire’s magnificent colorwork, Andreo’s linework is enhanced with an eerie yet beautiful atmosphere and tone that is accomplished through Bellaire’s colors. Clayton Cowles handles the lettering duties and compliments the artwork well with the lettering, allowing for the book to flow when read in tandem with the art. This is another solid issue of this series Bunn and crew and is one to add to the pull list for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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Anthony Andujar Jr. is an NYC cartoonist and lover of comics and music. So much so that it led him to writing comic book reviews in between it all.