And Then I Read: SHADOWMAN, FEAR OF THE DARK

Image © Valiant Entertainment. Written by Andy Diggle, art by Stephen Segovia,
colors by Ulises Arreola, letters by Simon Bowland, cover by Tonci Zonjic

This is the first comics by Valiant that I’ve read, a collection of the first three issues of the 2018 relaunch of their character Shadowman. He’s a New Orleans/voodoo character whose apparently been in “the Deadside” for a while. His former partner/girlfriend Alyssa Miles is working a case in the swamps herself, runs into a monster she can’t handle, and somehow pulls Shadowman out of the Deadside to help. Jack Boniface, the alter-ego of Shadowman, was put there by his enemy, voodoo spirit Baron Samedi, who retains some of Jack’s Shadowman power, and comes back to taunt him. Jack’s only hope is to return to the Deadside, even though he and Alyssa are sure he’s walking into a trap.

Well written, with excellent art, coloring and lettering. It’s a genre that doesn’t usually appeal to me, but the story kept the pages turning and I enjoyed the read. Recommended.

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