Review: The Shadow #22
The search for the Girasol’s secret has lead The Shadow from the dark streets of Manhattan to the snowy wastes of Siberia and the vaunted peaks of the Himalayas. Now his journey brings him to the steaming jungles of Guatemala. But is he one step closer to the mystery’s solution, or to his own grave?
The Shadow is still in search of the Girasol and the secrets it holds in this month’s The Shadow #22. The story is written by Chris Roberson with art by Giovanni Timpano. Fabricio Guerra handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. How does The Shadow’s quest for answers fare this month?
Deep in the jungle of Guatemala the Xinca live a life hidden from the rest of the world. Their deep jungle home is being uprooted to make way so big business can expand their banana crops. The people stand strong, led by their elderly leader, but bulldozers win a standoff every time. After the leader’s grandchildren break up the machinery during the night, the tribe is placed firmly in the workers’ crosshairs. Luckily The Shadow has come back to the Xincans in search of answers regarding the Girasol. Long ago the Xinca people saved Kent Allard, but can The Shadow return the favor? Will he finally find the answers to the mystery of the Girasol?
Roberson writes an interesting issue. This follows the formula we’ve seen the last few times. There is some sort of mystery or intrigue in an exotic local, we have a narrator telling us their story as well as the story of The Shadow, then The Shadow arrives to deal out two-gunned justice and search for answers. It’s kind of like older TV shows like Kung Fu or Hulk with the traveling hero who just happens to do good things while he’s around. The journey is enjoyable, but the answers come in the final few pages and makes the journey feel less fruitful than it probably will prove to be. Timpano’s art is great. There are a lot of dynamic layouts and shapes being used to piece the panels together. It really draws you into the story and makes you literally look at things differently. The jungle landscapes are very lush and lively. There is a flashback sequence that really stands out as well. Timpano has a real touch for showing the story’s historical moments in these stylized flashback sequences. The colors are very lively with a lot of greens, reds, and oranges for the big gun battle scene.
Bottom Line: The Shadow went on a journey that led him in a big circle. This is a story that’s very much more about the destination than the journey, but it looks like things are going to be rather explosive next month. Roberson is playing the long game with this one so we’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold. 3/5
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