Review: The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights #5
It’s the shocking and terrifying conclusion of “Dark Nights”, beginning with a deadly race against time as The Shadow and The Green Hornet chase Shiwan Khan through the actual steam tunnels that descend seven levels into underground New York City. It’s an urban “Raiders of the Lost Ark” adventure with the life of President Roosevelt and the people of the City at stake!
The conclusion of The Shadow and Green Hornet crossover hits this week. The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights #5 is written by Michael Uslan with art by Keith Burns. Tony Avina handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. The heroes have to stop Shiwan Khan and save the president. Do things end with a bang or a whimper?
The Shadow and Shiwan Khan are locked in battle high atop the Chrysler Building. Khan has the Girasol, but The Shadow arrived at the end of last month’s issue with a shocker of his own- he has the other Girasol. The two are equally matched with the mystical talismans. Khan pulls off a desperate move and it’s up to The Shadow, Green Hornet, and Kato to end the villain’s plans before he is able to kill President Roosevelt and assure Hitler will have no one to stop him when his plans are set in motion. The heroes recruit some unlikely allies and take to the New York underground. Can they stop Khan? Can they save the president?
Uslan wraps everything up well. The story behind The Shadow’s Girasol gets a little too wordy in the beginning, but after that things start chugging along. Uslan crams in the Easter eggs and historical nods this time. They were peppered into the previous issues, but some are used as a blunt object this time. Things move along at a fast pace and wrap up rather quickly, but it’s a fun ride throughout. Burns’ art is top notch as always. Some of the characters are a little looser and the panels are laid out a little more dynamically, but Burns keeps things in a constant state of motion. He gets plenty of action to play around with as well. Avina’s colors are vivid with the characters and costumes, but the settings are a little dark and play more with shadows. One thing worth putting in the negative column are the alligators. They’re said to be albinos, but they’re the greenest green you ever saw. There may have been a miscommunication somewhere.
Bottom Line: The Shadow/Green Hornet has been a fun series with an old school pulp feel. Things get wrapped up rather quickly though compared to the slower pace the first few issues took. 3.5/5