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Shadow Doctor #3

Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist: Georges Jeanty
Colorist: Juancho!
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover: Mark Chiarello
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 4.28.2021

Nathaniel got what he wanted: he had the money – a gift from Al Capone – to start his medical practice. He was going to be a doctor.

Then the bomb went off. In the chaotic aftermath – and with a life on the line – Nathaniel was going to learn what taking money from the mafia truly meant.

Shadow Doctor #3

Review: Dead Day

“Dead Day” is a holiday from sunset to sunrise the deceased rise from the grave. This is the story of a family as they prepare for the annual holiday.

Dead Day collects the five issues of the series, a fantastic read we highly recommend.

Story: Ryan Parrot
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Color: Juancho!
Letterer: Charles Pritchett

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Review: Shadow Doctor #2

Shadow Doctor #2

The debut of Shadow Doctor was fantastic. The series is a true-life story about Nathaniel Calloway as he attempts to create a life as a doctor in Chicago. Due to racism, Nathaniel must go to an old friend of his for help to start his dream, Al Capone. Shadow Doctor #2 is a fascinating second issue that makes Al Capone a slightly sympathetic person.

Written by Nathaniel’s grandson Peter Calloway, Shadow Doctor #2 is a fantastic second issue that dives further into Nathaniel’s past and his difficult journey. What Peter does is really interesting though, he takes us through Capone’s thought process as to whether he’ll help Nathaniel and we learn a bit about his thoughts on race during the time. Along with a moment with a women he was interested in and Capone’s mother, Peter paints a very different picture of Capone than I expected. There’s a lot to think about as far as Nathaniel and Capone’s journey through life. Shadow Doctor #2 delivers a solid dose of reality of the time.

Georges Jeanty‘s art is fantastic, much like the debut issue. With Juancho! on color and Charles Pritchett on lettering, the art is a grounded style that fits the comic based on history. I’m not an expert on the design of the time but know what Capone looks like. The art does a solid job of depicting Capone so I’d expect the clothing, cars, other things of the time are pretty on target as well. It feels like the period to me as a reader and in the end that’s what really matters. Things look authentic which helps me get even more focused on the story.

And it’s a really interesting story. What happens in Shadow Doctor #2 is unexpected with ups and downs and some really fascinating twists. The fact that this true has sucked me in even more. I have to know what happens next for Nathaniel and where the story goes. For those that enjoy mob and crime stories, this is a must. For those that like history, this is a must. And for those that enjoy history about race in America, this absolutely is a must. Shadow Doctor #2 is one of the most original comics on the shelf and beyond engaging.

Story: Peter Calloway Art: Georges Jeanty
Color: Juancho! Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Nuclear Family #1

It’s the tension of the Cold War and then the bombs begin to fall. Nuclear Family #1 kicks off an interesting alternate history.

Story: Stephanie Phillips
Art: Tony Shasteen
Color: JD Mettler
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Backmatter design: Charles Pritchett

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Review: Shadow Doctor #1

Shadow Doctor #1

Years in the making, Shadow Doctor #1 kicks off the true story of writer Peter Calloway’s grandfather, Nathaniel Calloway, a Black man who graduated from medical school in the early 1930’s. Unable to get work at any Chicago hospitals because he was Black, and unable to secure a loan from a bank to start his own practice because he was Black, he turned to another source of money in Prohibition-era Chicago: the Mafia, run by none other than Al Capone.

Comics are never, and should never, be full of superheroes. Sure, there’s great superhero stories out there – and I love my share of superhero comics – but comics have so much more to offer than that. Case in point, Shadow Doctor #1 published by Aftershock Comics, written by Peter Calloway featuring art by Georges Jeanty, colours by Mark Chirallo and letters by Charles Pritchett. The story itself is based on the true story of Calloway’s grandfather, a black doctor unable to work in 1930’s Chicago because of his skin colour – let that sink in for a moment, because in an age where we’re crying out for doctors (at least in my neck of the woods) having one unable to work because of their skin colour should be unfathomable – but we’re not really that far removed from this reality. It was only ninety years ago that Doctor Nathaniel Calloway was unable to find work – a lifetime, yes, but we all know that the 30’s wasn’t when things changed.

And so it’s against this backdrop of the Great Depression in prohibition era Chicago that a man who wants to use what he’s gone to school for to earn a living – something that is probably far too real for many of us.

Calloway the author tells his grandfather’s story with an unfiltered honesty; despite there clearly being a love and respect for his grandfather, the writer doesn’t shy away from the choices that Nathanial Calloway made – although we only see the tip of the iceberg in the first issue, and by not doing so he creates a bond of truth with the reader in that his grandfather’s story is very believable (how much is truth and how much is fiction is something I wonder based solely on the “based on a true story” disclaimer at the beginning of the comic – I’m inclined to believe that some of the more minor details are fictionalized such as conversations, but that the essence of the comic is true).

Shadow Doctor #1 has an artistic presentation that somehow gives off a 30’s vibe whilst also looking almost like a water colour painting. The art style is absolutely perfect for the comic’s story. It looks like an old timey comic without feeling dated because Jeanty’s layouts and his panel structure juxtapose the art with a youthful energy; the combination of the old and fresh is far from jarring and pulls you right into the story’s time period better than any constant reference in the text ever could.

In another case of picking up a comic based solely on the title, I went from having no idea what to expect to finding what I’m sure is going to become a story I can’t wait to read for the third time in a few months. Shadow Doctor #1 is a really good book in every way; the art, the story… everything about the comic is remarkably engaging, and I’m excited to learn more about Nat Calloway. Aftershock have included four additional pages about the titular doctor, allowing you to get to know the man he was, even if just a little. It’s a brilliant addition to a comic that’s well worth your time.

If you’re still on the fence about this book, then I wanted to end with this line from the writer taken from the preview text “On the one hand, his story represents the promise of America. On the other hand, it shows the worst of it.”

Story: Peter Calloway Art: Georges Jeanty
Colorist: Mark Chirallo Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dead Day #5

Dead Day #5 wraps up the series and continues its amazing world-building at the same time. More please!

Story: Ryan Parrot
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Color: Juancho!
Letterer: Charles Pritchett

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Review: Dead Day #4

Well, that was unexpected! Just when we thought we couldn’t like this series even more, Dead Day #4 throws one hell of a twist into things. This series delivers horror, action, a great concept, and fantastic world-building.

Story: Ryan Parrot
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Color: Juancho!
Letterer: Charles Pritchett

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Review: Dead Day #3

Dead Day has been fantastic with intriguing worldbuilding and the ability to pack so much into each issue. Dead Day #3 ups the action while continuing to deliver more about the holiday.

Story: Ryan Parrot
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Color: Juancho!
Letterer: Charles Pritchett

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Preview: Dead Day #3

Dead Day #3

Writer: Ryan Parrott 
Artists: Evgeniy Bornyakov 
Colorist: JUANCHO 
Letterer: Charles Pritchett 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 09.16.20

Jeremy attempts to track down the monster responsible for his murder as well as uncover the terrifying secret behind it. Brandon finds himself amongst the dead and at the heart of the Revivalists’ most sacred ritual.  

From writer Ryan Parrott (OBERON, VOLITION, Power Rangers) and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov (DESCENDENT, YOU ARE OBSOLETE) comes an unnerving tale of existential horror with grave consequences.

Dead Day #3

Review: Dead Day #2

Dead Day has been fantastic with intriguing worldbuilding and the ability to pack so much into each issue. Dead Day #2 expands the world even further delivering more motivation and more about how the “Dead Day” works.

Story: Ryan Parrot
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Color: Juancho!
Letterer: Charles Pritchett

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