Review: The Shadow #24
The authorities are already baffled by a rash of unexplainable deaths in Chinatown, but when the recently deceased begin to rise from their graves and plague the living, it is clear they are out of their league. Thankfully the Shadow is on hand, and ready to stand against the Zombie Queen of Chinatown!
A new adventure kicks off this week in the pages of The Shadow #24. The story is written by Chris Roberson with art by Giovanni Timpano. Fabricio Guerra and Thiago Ribeiro handles colors with Rob Steen tackling lettering. When the dead start rising, The Shadow has a job to do unlike any he has done before. Crime is one thing, but how does The Shadow fare against zombies?
A mysterious string of deaths is plaguing the authorities. It seems folks in Chinatown are dying, but they don’t stay down very long. The dead are rising and they have a hunger for flesh. When the arbiter of Chinatown thinks it’s more mystical than medical, against the advice of a doctor, The Shadow is called in for a second opinion. The Shadow isn’t inclined to believe such stories, but seeing is believing. The Shadow finds a threat like he’s never come up against before. Who is behind the ‘zombies?’ What are they using this undead army for anyway?
Roberson writes a fast-paced and exciting issue. The zombies aren’t the run-of-the-mill zombie variety, but they do follow some of the rules. The case The Shadow is presented really pulls you in and the mystery guarantees you’ll be around for the long haul. Timpano’s art is good overall. There are some instances where things are incredibly detailed, with some beautifully laid out and decorated page borders, but other times things are a bit too smooth. They’re fewer and farther between, but noticeable. Guerra and Thiago’s colors are very grounded and influenced by the overall Chinatown setting. The pallet is very lush and vibrant with its use of reds and yellows.
Bottom Line: Roberson sets up a very intriguing new story for The Shadow that promises a lot of twists and turns. The Shadow going up against zombies, or rather zombie-like beings for now, is something you can’t help but pay attention to. 3.5/5
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