Review: The Shadow Now #3
The Shadow is wounded, penniless and on the run. He’s down, but he’s not out. Khan’s assassins move in for the kill, but the Shadow knows it’s a mistake to count him out. Meanwhile, Khan’s plans are further revealed as he makes new alliances in New York’s underworld. The deadly battle begins as the greatest pulp hero and villain of all time make their plans and set their traps.
We reach the hallway point of the new Shadow miniseries this week. The Shadow Now #3 is written by David Liss with art by Colton Worley and letters by Rob Steen. The Shadow is on the run and Khan is setting up his new empire. Does our hero start to take the fight back to his old enemy this month?
The Shadow and the granddaughter of Margo Lane are holed up in a sleazy motel as they try to regroup after being beaten down by the turncoat in their midst. The Shadow is injured and he’s tried to cover his tracks, but he’s not successful. Kyle Vincent, the former Shadow agent and current Khan lackey, barges in with a group of his fellow henchmen. The Shadow is injured, but he is still The Shadow. After making quick work of the bad guys, Margo and Shadow hightail it to his final safe house. The Shadow has started formulating a plan, but he’s going to have to go and rebuild some of his networks and gain some new resources. Meanwhile Khan’s newfound granddaughter has started training in the villainous ways of her grandfather. She becomes his best enforcer, and that gives her the pleasure of leading the charge on his latest plan. Khan is dangerous but his granddaughter is ruthless. A showdown between the Shadow and Khan’s new forces is coming, but who will survive?
Liss writes a solid issue. We get more movement with the plot and start to see the outlines of Khan’s plans. It’s a standard issue that shows how The Shadow is still a powerful guy even in this modern world. The story of Khan’s granddaughter does feel a bit rushed though. She goes from a street kid who uses her powers of clouding men’s minds to straight up killing and disposing of bodies. It makes sense considering her family, but it feels like we go from A to C without that transition phase. Worley’s art makes for a good fit with the series. The Shadow always looks like a comic book, a pulp book, but Worley goes ultra-realistic. It’s almost fumetti in places. It’s a combination of something like Clayton Crain’s work on Carnage USA and Alex Ross. Worley uses some very dynamic panel layouts to add an extra bit of action to the proceedings. It works overall, but there are a few places where the realism and photo referencing stands out.
Bottom Line: The Shadow Now has a brilliant premise, but a few of the kinks still need to be ironed out. Liss has laid out an interesting story with some update characters that show how The Shadow could fit into the modern world. Now that we’re at the halfway point, hopefully things will be taken to the next level. 3/5