The new creative team of writer Victor Gischler and artist Jackson Herbert take over the pages of The Shadow with a single-issue adventure featuring Lamont Cranston‘s return to Nepal. Seeking answers after his power to read the soul of evil men falters, Cranston travels back the the masters who trained him only to discover the temple has been destroyed by another former pupil.
The Shadow may not get the answers he seeks but he does get justice for the slain masters by confronting Red Raja who has used his powers to make himself an opium overlord in the region. This, of course, leads to an escalating level of bloodshed before the two men, whose powers to cloud the minds of men won’t work on each other, do battle in the city streets.
I’ve always been a fan of The Shadow, but Garth Ennis‘ six-issue run to launch the new series from Dynamite Entertainment wasn’t enough to keep my attention. Given the new creative direction here I decided to give The Shadow a second chance. I’m glad I did. Worth a look.
[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]