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Review: Shadowman #10

Shadowman #10

Darque Destruction!

Sandria Darque’s vile plans are finally clicking into place… With his allies incapacitated, it’s up to Jack Boniface to stop the machinations of this vengeful sorceress – but can he trust in his ability to control the loa spirit bound to him, or will he have to face an ageless enemy completely alone?

Shadowman #10 is a comic so close to excellence that it is oddly frustrating. The  comic, written by Andy Diggle  with art by Renato Guedes and Eric Battle, and colours by Ulises Arreola, is very interesting to look at. The art in this comic, primarily handled by Guedes, is fantastic. There’s a lifelike realism to the pages where details jump out at you, grabbing your eyes by ink-stained fingers and pulling your attention to each and every page in your hand.

Ultimately, though, it’s within the intricately layered story where this reviewer’s frustration with the comic lays. Diggle brings a lot of the elements he had introduced earlier in his run back to play a part here (which is fantastic), but also relies upon the reader having read most, if not all, of Shadowman’s previous appearances since the Valiant relaunch in 2012. Material that, I haven’t fully read (specifically the first Shadowman series). So while there is just enough info provided for me to enjoy the series couple with my previous reading of Rapture and Operation Deadside (a self contained miniseries and an arc in Ninjak respectively), if you’re unfamiliar with either of those then you may struggle a little here – but if you’ve read the series thus far then there’s every chance that you’ll be more than able to follow the book along to a rather brilliant pay off that’s been building for several issues. 

Although it will undoubtedly be a benefit for you if you have read the entire Shadowman saga to date, it won’t be a gamebreaker if you haven’t. But, because of my annoyingly innate desire to know everything, I was a touch frustrated with the seemingly casual references to things I had no idea about, but can’t deny enjoying that Diggle has spent time researching the character and his previous appearances.

Ultimately what bothered me mot about the book may not be on your radar at all (like I said it’s an annoying desire), and so being aware of that I tried not to let that influence my judgement of a comic that propels the story forward into what promises to be at the very least an interesting and powerful conclusion that will set Shadowman up for some freaking amazing stories in the future.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Renato Guedes and Eric Battle
Colours: Ulises Arreola Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.3 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, but I picked up my own copy.

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #10

SHADOWMAN (2018) #10

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by KERON GRANT
Cover C by SAINASIX
Interlocking Variant by RYAN LEE

Darque Destruction!

Sandria Darque’s vile plans are finally clicking into place… With his allies incapacitated, it’s up to Jack Boniface to stop the machinations of this vengeful sorceress – but can he trust in his ability to control the loa spirit bound to him, or will he have to face an ageless enemy completely alone?

Prepare yourself for an action-packed thrill ride as superstar writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and sensational artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION) launch the next suspenseful segment of the “RAG AND BONE” story arc!

 $3.88 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 12th

Review: Shadowman #9

SM2018_009_COVER-B_GRANTEvery family has skeletons in their closet…but these ones are ready to kill!

As Jack Boniface and Alyssa Miles hunt for the remains of Master Darque, their search brings them to the enchanted home of his sorceress sister – none other than Sandria Darque herself! Face to unearthly face with the sorceress responsible for binding his fate to that of the deadly shadow loa, Jack now stands at a crossroads… Will he achieve his greatest desire and free himself from the monster within?

Shadowman #9 begins to tie a lot of threads together that Andy Diggle has been letting dangle ever since he first took on the series. Whether it’s the early interactions between Jack and the Brethren, Jack’s journey through the history of the Shadowman or the growing threat of Master Darque, if you’ve been with the series for the past eight issues, you’re going to start to see a lot of things begin to come together. That’s not to say that new readers will be out in the cold – Diggle has still written a very compelling comic, and one that anybody can hop into. But he certainly is rewarding those who’ve been around the block with ol’ Jack Boniface.

The overwhelming impression the last issue left on me was just how special the art was… well for the most part that’s true again. The art, by Renato Guedes, remains fantastic; blending a touch of the classical styles into a comic book script that compliments the mystical nature of the character. It’s undoubtedly the highlight of this issue, and watching how Guedes moves the story along was worth my price of admission alone. However, Guedes isn’t the sole artist this time around; the superbly named Eric Battle takes charge for a few interspersed pages (coloured by Ulises Arreola), and the effect is almost jarring. Battle and Arreola make a great pairing, but the team isn’t as complementary to Guedes’ style as one would hope.

There’s a touch more development when it comes to the plot with this issue than last, and once again the comic is visually spectacular. I said it last month and I’ll say it again – some of the pages here should make non-comics folks rethink their definition of fine art.  I’ve every intention of adding this to my collection on release day, because Shadowman #9 is another brilliant addition to the Valiant library – and is once again one of the best visual experiences I’ve had in comics.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Renato Guedes and Eric Battle
Colors: Ulises Arreola Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #9

SHADOWMAN (2018) #9

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES and ERIC BATTLE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B KERON GRANT
Cover C JEFFREY VEREGGE
Interlocking Variant by RYAN LEE
Pre-Order Edition by HANNAH TEMPLER

Every family has skeletons in their closet…but these ones are ready to kill!

As Jack Boniface and Alyssa Miles hunt for the remains of Master Darque, their search brings them to the enchanted home of his sorceress sister – none other than Sandria Darque herself! Face to unearthly face with the sorceress responsible for binding his fate to that of the deadly shadow loa, Jack now stands at a crossroads… Will he achieve his greatest desire and free himself from the monster within?

Renowned writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) delivers a powerful portent of horror as “RAG AND BONE” creaks onward, gorgeously rendered by artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 21nd

Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle Collects the Entire Otherworldly Series by Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel & Doug Braithwaite!

Valiant presents the Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle, available only as a set to fans who reserve the entire series with their local comic shop by the final order cut-off date (FOC) of January 28, 2019!

Released monthly from February 2019 through May 2019, each  Pre-Order Edition comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues, plus exclusive covers that can’t be found anywhere else, beginning with powerhouse artist Tonci Zonjic – all at no extra charge!

In anticipation of the Eternal Warrior’s return to a new limited series in Incursion#1, Valiant has announced a brand-new ONE DOLLAR DEBUT, reprinting the first issue of 2015’s best-selling series: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 by Robert VendittiRaúl Allén, and Patricia Martín!

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth.

But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s faced before. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and far more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

On February 20th, master storytellers Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel, and Doug Braithwaite reveal a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions in Incursion #1 – featuring covers by Doug Braithwaite and Roberto de la Torre!

Incursion #1 – Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel, and Doug Braithwaite Unveil a New Threat This February!

Valiant has released a first look at Incursion #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of AN UNEARTHLY NEW SERIES by celebrated writers Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel, with superstar artist Doug Braithwaite!

On February 20th, one of Valiant’s most iconic and beloved heroes, the Eternal Warrior, emerges to lead the charge in an all-new limited event series, featuring the stunning premiere of a completely new villain to the Valiant Universe – a ruthless intergalactic conqueror known as Imperatrix Virago!

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

Featuring covers by Doug Braithwaite and Roberto de la Torre!

Review: Shadowman #8

SM2018_008_COVER-A_ZONJICAs Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

The overwhelming impression this comic left on me was… well. It was something special. The art, by Renato Guedes, was fantastic; blending a touch of the classical styles into a comic book script that compliments the mystical nature of the character. It’s undoutedly the highlight of this issue, and watching how Guedes moves the story along was worth my price of admission alone. Part of the reason for the delay in this review is that I needed to see the art in person, and so I waited until I had my print copy before confirming my opinion of the visual presentation.

Conversely, my love of the art didn’t quite translate to the story. Oh, it was good, but it didn’t have the same impact on me that the art did. And that’s not a complaint about Andy Diggle‘s script, but rather a testament to the quality of the imagery.

Unfortuntely, aside from trying to convey a senses of awe and wonder at the art, I really don’t have a lot to say about this comic. As I said, I’ve added it to my collection, not just for the art, but I did put my money where my mouth is. Shadowman #8 is a brilliant addition to the Valiant library – and is one of the best visual experiences I’ve had in comics in a long time.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Renato Guedes Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shadowman (2018) Vol. 2: Dead and Gone TPB

SHADOWMAN (2018) VOL. 2: DEAD AND GONE TPB

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by SHAWN MARTINBROUGH, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, and RENATO GUEDES
Cover by TONCI ZONJIC

A legend-fueled odyssey into eons past!

For years, Jack Boniface believed that he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.

For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright… Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!

Collecting SHADOWMAN (2018) #4–7.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 24th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-287-4

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #8

SHADOWMAN (2018) #8

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by KERON GRANT
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM
Interlocking Variant by RYAN LEE
Pre-Order Edition by HANNAH TEMPLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ |  On Sale OCTOBER 24th

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “RAG AND BONE” – PART 1!

As Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

The endless cycle of death and rebirth stops here as Shadowman and the Darque clan usher in the reckoning they’ve waited ten lifetimes to achieve – with massive repercussions for the future of the Valiant Universe – as renowned writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and high-octane artist Renato Guedes (Action Comics) return to heed the call of “RAG AND BONE”!

NYCC 2018: ComiXology Originals and Delcourt Assemble All-Star Team for Promethee 13:13

ComiXology and Delcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, join forces to bring readers everywhere a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, mind-bending, science-fiction bandes dessinées PrometheePromethee 13:13. Created by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough with covers by JockPromethee 13:13 will be exclusively available on Kindle and comiXology through comiXology Originals. To celebrate this announcement, the all-star Promethee 13:13 team will be signing exclusive, limited edition posters illustrated by Jock at the comiXology NYCC Artist Alley table #1B5.

Coming 2019.

Promethee 13:13  istwo 48-page volumes will be available on Kindle and comiXology – individual release dates forthcoming. Volumes will be simultaneously available in English and French same day worldwide. It’ll be free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited.

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