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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

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

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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”!

Review: Shadowman #7

SM2018_007_COVER-A_ZONJICWho is Shadowman? It’s a question Jack Boniface has asked himself ever since he was called to protect our world from the demonic forces that lie beyond… Now, as he rides backseat in the body of a Paleolithic hunter, eons before his own birth, he will finally learn the shocking true identity of the loa spirit bound to his soul! And, as a shadow begins to spread across West Africa, Jack must defend his fellow tribesmen…or else be trapped in 40,000 B.C. forever!

This issue holds the distinction of being both the concluding part of a two issue arc, and also the fourth part of a longer story. That sounds more confusing than it is, honestly. Jack Boniface is in the middle of a multi-part arc, and while his consciousness is piggybacking with a Paleolithic hunter we see the origin of the shadow loa first bonding with a human being, which is told as a two part story (and is honestly a must read for any Valiant fan remotely curious about Shadowman). This two part story opens a vast array of possibilities for the character going forward, something that Jack seems to be aware of, and after the barrage of revelations about the shadow loa, Andy Diggle has opened the door of possibility. Dead and Gone  is poised to give Valiant fans a new era and direction for Shadowman, and I can’t wait to see where we’re taken from here.

Not all the revelations will be immediately apparent to a reader unfamiliar to the history and lore of Shadowman, but pay attention closely and you’ll notice some of the more nuanced tidbits that Diggle dangles just out of the periphery of your vision – in fact you should notice them about the same time Jack does.

But as good as the story is in this issue (and it really is), Renato Guedes is utterly fantastic in bringing the script to life. His art is haunting, and the body language and facial expressions of his figures bring forth an emotional response as you realize that the people you are reading about feel far more lifelike than most other comic characters.

Shadowman #7 is the kind of comic that you should show to new readers as an example of what can be achieved within the medium.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.1 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Shadowman (2018) #7

SHADOWMAN (2018) #7

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Cover C by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Pre-Order Edition by HANNAH TEMPLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19th

Who is Shadowman? It’s a question Jack Boniface has asked himself ever since he was called to protect our world from the demonic forces that lie beyond… Now, as he rides backseat in the body of a Paleolithic hunter, eons before his own birth, he will finally learn the shocking true identity of the loa spirit bound to his soul! And, as a shadow begins to spread across West Africa, Jack must defend his fellow tribesmen…or else be trapped in 40,000 B.C. forever!

“DEAD AND GONE” reaches a monumental climax as renowned writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and superstar artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION) lay the building blocks that will define the Shadowman mythos for years to come!

Review: Shadowman #6

SM2018_006_COVER-B_MACKHis soul cast adrift in the astral void, “DEAD AND GONE” has led Jack Boniface across the centuries in search of the origin of the Shadowman’s curse – and now it’s taking him all the way back to the beginning of mankind! Standing beside his ancestors in the kill-or-be-killed world of primordial Africa, Jack is about to awaken something ancient, hungry, inhuman…and, as darkness descends, the long-hidden face of the Shadowman loa will be known!

Interestingly enough, as Andy Diggle takes the spirit of Jack Boniface back through time and his bloodline’s relationship with the Shadowman loa, he’s been revealing as much, if not more, about the loa itself than he has about Jack. That rings even more true with this issue as we go right back to the beginning – the Stone Age and before. Finally, we will see the origin not of the Boniface bloodline, but of the Shadowman loa.

Shadowman #6 is, by it’s very nature an easy comic for new readers to pick up; this is the ultimate of all origin series, and is probably the best place for those unfamiliar with the character to jump on board that we’ve seen thus far – and yes, I am including the first issue of this series in that blanket statement. Diggle, along with artist Renato Guedes and letterer Simon Bowland have come together to produce a stunning prehistoric story that (so far at least) stands alone from the rest of the series, and the Valiant universe in general. It is full of sweeping vistas, the odd reference to later events (that you don’t need to catch) and some evocative imagery and choreography as the characters flow across the page.

Shadowman is a very rich character, with some deep history running through his veins, and now we get to see how deep.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Renato Guedes Letter: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.7 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #6

SHADOWMAN (2018) #6

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Shadowman Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

At humanity’s dawn…the rise of the Shadowman of 40,000 B.C.!

His soul cast adrift in the astral void, “DEAD AND GONE” has led Jack Boniface across the centuries in search of the origin of the Shadowman’s curse – and now it’s taking him all the way back to the beginning of mankind! Standing beside his ancestors in the kill-or-be-killed world of primordial Africa, Jack is about to awaken something ancient, hungry, inhuman…and, as darkness descends, the long-hidden face of the Shadowman loa will be known!

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