Review: The Shadow #23
The search for the secret of the girasol is finally nearing its end, and the trail has led the Shadow from the jungles of Guatemala back home to the concrete canyons of New York City. But is he prepared for the answers that he will find?
The Shadow has been searching and searching for answers about the mystery of the second girasol for several issues, but now the answers are coming in The Shadow #23. The story is written by Chris Roberson with art by Giovanni Timpano. Fabricio Guerra handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. Things have been building for a while now, but how is the big finale?
The Shadow’s search has taken him all around the world, but it ends back in the vicious city of New York. His journey has taken him to places from his past, but the revelation of who has the girasol may be the biggest surprise to The Shadow. We get to see who has the girasol and what they planned to do with it, but more importantly we get to see the why and the thought process that went into this ultimate power grab. The Shadow’s journey has come to an end, but is it truly over?
Roberson writes an issue that wraps up the various threads well. The majority of the story is given to the mysterious man with the girasol as we learn his story and what he thinks of the New York/American landscape. It’s a fantastic piece of character work, but the issue doesn’t feel like an ending. The Shadow has been trekking across the globe for several issues now, but the story ends in the span of three pages. It’s an anticlimactic ending that doesn’t really pack a punch. Timpano’s art is very clean and crisp. This has been an exposition heavy arc, but Timpano has been able to deliver on the emotion and the occasional bursts of action. The three pages that actually have The Shadow are very attention grabbing. Timpano always leaves you wanting more of his awesomely posed Shadow. Guerra’s colors really impress on the pages showing us the big and expansive city of New York. It’s a great compliment to Timpano’s art.
Bottom Line: This Shadow arc has been interesting, but it doesn’t quite deliver in the end. It’s a stellar character study of the people The Shadow crosses paths with, but it doesn’t quite have a “wow” moment. 2.5/5
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