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The three-issue mini-series resumes as Grendel continues to grab control of the city’s various crime families and bring them under his banner while ruthlessly killing any who stand in his way. Grendel vs. The Shadow #2 also gives us the first meeting between the pair which both Lamont Cranston and Hunter Rose will think long and hard about in the days to come as each has apparently met an adversary they may not be able to defeat.

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Finding himself sent back in time to 1930s New York after his encounter with an ancient artifact, Hunter Rose makes the best of the situation by using his well-honed skills and knowledge of the future to go about carving out a new empire in the name of Grendel during the waning days of prohibition.

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Although the timing of the one-shot seems odd with Howard Chaykin‘s mini-series (and that crappy current-day comic) being Dynamite’s only current titles involving The Shadow, The Shadow #0 offers us an one-shot at the opposite end of the spectrum of Chaykin’s tale be giving us a peek at the vigilante’s earlier days and his ties to an escape artist named Harry Houdini.

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The series’ two-issue finale begins here with a string of unexplained deaths in Chinatown and the coordinated rise of the recent undead by an unknown force planning on taking control of New York City. The unexpected horror-element is a surprise as The Shadow dismisses reports of the walking dead only to be attacked by a mob of zombies.

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The Shadow‘s whirlwind world tour makes a stop in the jungles of Guatamala where the vigilante’s search for answers concerning the ring will have to be put on hold as The Shadow teaches some cooperate workers that deforesting the land of the Xinca tribe and kidnapping their chief will not be tolerated.

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The severed finger with a ring very much like his own in a box leads The Shadow to the frozen plains of Sibera to seek out an old acquaintance who knew the man as “The Dark Eagle” long before he adopted either the name Lamont Cranston or The Shadow when the mysterious figure worked as a member of the Seventh Star (a secret intelligence organization for the former Tsar of Russia) who, like The Shadow recognizes the ring as the mark of the organization.

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The early days of Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane‘s relationship continues as The Shadow hits the streets looking for answers about the oppressive force he feels lurking behind the gang war and Margo, in an attempt to prove her use to her scary new friend, decides to help the vigilante find missing crime boss Big Gun Massaretti who once tried to have the former lady of the evening thrown off a rooftop.

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Weekend Reviews

by Cap'n Carrot on October 21, 2013 · 0 comments

in Film,Television

Getting you caught up on all the weekend reviews over on RazorFine Review here are the links for Escape Plan, DVD reviews of Embrace of the Vampire and The Third Season of Hawaii Five-0, comic reviews for the latest issue of The Shadow and first issue of Batman ’66, and the latest episodes of Covert Affairs, Elementary, White Collar, The Crazy Ones, and The Big Bang Theory.

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The problem with taking an iconic figure out of his element and reinventing him is that there’s often too much of an attempt to keep as much of his past as possible when a clean slate may work far better. Although Batman Beyond keeps Bruce Wayne around, by shoving him into the Alfred role the series gives the new Batman room to flourish. The same can’t be said for The Shadow Now.

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With The Light still on the loose, The Shadow and Margo Lane work to fit together the various pieces of the puzzle in order to uncover the deadly vigilante’s identity before she kills again.

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