Review: The Shadow Glass #1

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A young student of England’s greatest occultist learns her real father is in league with the devil. When Rose finds out that the man who raised her isn’t her father, she ignores his warnings about the terrible secrets of her own past and seeks answers from her childhood teacher Dr. John Dee, the queen’s occult adviser.

Strange, intricate, dark, and an impressive read. While 16th century fantasy isn’t common, this comic will be enjoyed fans of both traditional and modern fantasy. The series manages to bring in a slight element of mysticism in the form of the mysterious glass disk. While the disk comes from some place far away, that is one of the few things that are revealed about it. I’m curious to see how they tie that in, as the characters interact in the world. Especially as more of Rose finds out who her true father is.

The art is equally as impressive as the story is. While I doubt some the clothing could be considered historically accurate, it is drawn with great detail. Even the few brief glimpses of the mysterious shadow glass, shows that something seems to be alive in it. It may not be fully revealed yet, it makes one wonder why it possess an inner light.

Story: Aly Fell Art: Aly Fell
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review