Review: The Shadow #17
The Shadow has pieced together the origins of the mysterious killer known only as the Light, and has at last uncovered her true identity. But will that knowledge do him any good, as the Shadow and the Light face off against each other for one last showdown? And will either of them survive the encounter?
The penultimate installment of The Shadow’s battle with The Light hits today in the pages of The Shadow #17. The story is written by Chris Roberson with art by Giovanni Timpano. Fabricio Guerra handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. So does this end with a pulse-pounding cliffhanger for the big final issue, or are we limping to the finish line?
The story opens with another flashback to The Light’s early years and how she became the weapon of judgment we know in the present. This time we see the final ceremony that helped finish her transformation that set her out on her current path. In the present we see Margo Lane completing the mission The Shadow has assigned her. She goes to an antique shop to learn a little more about the sword left behind by The Light after her last battle with The Shadow. The Shadow, or rather Lamont, is doing a little detective work of his own as well. When he and Margo meet back up they start to put together the final puzzle pieces as they discover who The Light really is. With her identity revealed and her hiding place deduced, The Shadow rushes off to find her and end it all one way or another after one final showdown. Can The Shadow stand up to The Light? Will either of the well-matched adversaries make it out of the battle alive?
Roberson writes another strong issue. This one is a little more toned down than last month’s entry. Last month was full throttle action, but this month is more about detective work and showing off a different aspect of The Shadow’s skills. Roberson sets up the final showdown perfectly though. The Light has been a perfect match for The Shadow and we’re not sure our hero will be able to emerge from the other side victorious this time. Timpano’s art is good overall. There are still a few instances of weird facial features and things looking a little too smooth and plastic at times, but there are a few scenes of character close-ups and important story shifts that are very detailed and really shine. Guerra’s colors are great for many scenes, but they really emphasize the plastic and too smooth nature of Timpano’s art at times.
Bottom Line: We’re racing toward the final showdown between The Shadow and The Light, and we have no clue how it will end. Roberson has presented a great first story arc for his version of The Shadow, and it will be very exciting to see where things are once it’s finished. This one isn’t quite an adrenaline filled story, but it’s still a very good trip. 3.5/5