Review: Shadowman #3
Shadowman #3 sees the Shadowman bounce from Haiti to Barcelona, still trying to figure out who is trying to cause the blights from the Deadside to break through. Shadowman meets his match in the Pallbearer, a supernatural threat who is killing those associated with loas, the spiritual interm
I’m not sure what I like more on Shadowman, Cullen Bunn’s writing or John Davis-Hunt’s artwork. With Jordie Bellaire’s colors and Clayton Cowles’ letters, they really do make for a special creative team for Shadowman. The approach seems to be single-issue stories, driven by a central threat to the overall arc, and for me, it totally works. Cullen does horror really well and his approach appears more like a horror story than a superhero one. This issue also saw Josef, who was in Cullen’s Punk Mambo series, pop up to assist Shadowman and Baron Samedi. Speaking of Samedi, he certainly comes off as an untrustworthy ally but he doesn’t chew the scenery much and ends up offering small bits of humor. I hope for the series that he’s more like an ally and less of the untrustworthy variety.
There’s a lot of dark and creepy creatures that John Davis-Hunt has to illustrate and lots of dark, eerie settings and this issue wasn’t any different than the last couple but he has a style that really helps build on the dark atmosphere of Shadowman. He might be responsible for the best-looking Shadowman. I just think his version looks the coolest. That said, he does a grand job drawing lots of disgusting things for Shadowman to face.
Shadowman #3 is a continuation of outstanding single issues. This relaunch has been absolutely fantastic and I’m excited about where this is going. The creative team is doing some big-time work on the book and after reading this issue, I want more. Shadowman’s story is beautiful, dark and disturbing, and every bit captivating. If you are looking for something a bit different than your typical fare, Shadowman is that book.
Story: Cullen Bunn Art: John Davis-Hunt
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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