Review: Divinity III: Shadowman and the Battle of New Stalingrad #1

div3-shadowman_001_cover-a_crainWelcome to the world of today. Welcome to the Stalinverse! The visionary, event-level epic of the winter continues here in an all-new, all-star special introducing the secret weapon of the Soviet Union: Shadowman, agent of the USSR!

To save the devastated and oppressed island of New York, Jack Boniface might just have to annihilate it first – by leading an army of Deadside-spawned monstrosities onto the streets to fight the Soviets’ super-powered shock troops wherever they stand. But freedom fighters like the one they call Shadowman seldom get the happy ending they deserve…

During Divinity III #1 you’ll remember that during one scene X-O Manowar summoned the Shadowman from a giant stick of some kind. If you paid close attention to Shadowman’s face then you probably noticed he didn’t look overly happy to be at the beck and call of the Soviet soldier, so there must have been some reason behind his capitulation.

That’s the story we get with Divinity III: Shadowman and the Battle of New Stalingrad #1.

Taking place before the first issue of the main series the audience gets to witness the end of the battle for New York Stalingrad, and it’s as brutal as you’d expect. At the heart of the conflict between the American resistance and the Soviet army is Jack Boniface, the human host of the Shadowman loa (a slightly friendly demon), waging his own internal war as he struggles to justify unleashing the Shadowman upon the soldiers, fearful of what the Soviets could do with the destructive power of Shadowman if they were able to harness it.

 I’m sure you can see where this is going, but it’s a journey that’s well worth taking for the art, let alone the quality of the writing.

 Of the three tie-ins released so far in conjunction with Divinity III, this is the only one that I feel genuinely adds to the story as a whole; the others are good comics, don’t get me wrong, but if you didn’t read them then you’re not missing anything integral to the story (of course we’re only two issues into the main arc, so things could easily change). If you’re reading Divinity III, then you’re going to want to get your hands on this.

Story: Scott Bryan Wilson Art: Robert Gill Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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