Justin Jordan & Patrick Zircher writes the tale of Jack Boniface, a man who has no recollection of his past and is doing everything he can to know more about his father. He receives information about both his mother and father, however the news itself isn’t rewarding to know. Out of disappointment and feeling betrayed, he tosses the amulet that his mother passed down to him from his father that protects him and as you know, it spells out more trouble for him.
From start to finish, the pacing is very well done and wastes no time in getting you into the story. The past and present portions of the issue is fluid and is very easy to follow. From comics of the genre like The Darkness, there’s a great balance between the dark humor and the initial story. The villain introduced seeking to kill Jack Boniface is the southern gentleman of a demon, Mr. Twist. He’s grotesque, but I can’t help to see how politely violent he is and him spreading the news of the return of the Master.
For older fans of Shadowman, there are a few nods sprinkled throughout the story and its beautiful art. Patrick Zircher also handles the art duties for the title and the amount of detail is magnificent. From facial expressions to the formation of Mr. Twist, the characters and its locations do not seem out of place and looks genuine. Shadowman of the past and present looks horrifically awesome and I’m looking forward to seeing the latter in action.
Valiant continues to impress with another stellar title. It earns a definite spot within your collection and you won’t be disappointed. This book will prepare you for the best (or worse) to come in the series and it’s guaranteed to leave a bloody path for you to follow.
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