The Shadow Now #1
The Shadow Now #1 is a great start for new readers who want to see the Shadow in a different light. Still the same character that everyone is familiar with, but set in a modern setting. Starting off the bat with an introduction to Lamont Cranston aka. The Shadow you get an idea of who he is and what he’s about easily.
Lamont Cranston basically returns to New York City in modern times, having spent decades in the mystical East to rejuvenate himself. he seeks to resume his old life, and his heroic alter-ego is ready to stand once more as an enemy to evil symbol of justice. Where this story shows potential is that his enemies, and one of the most dangerous is as prepared to rise too in order to give him a hard time. This story is dark and moody, and portrays a more human and fallible version of the man behind the mask. That doesn’t mean that as The Shadow he isn’t the same fearsome vigilante who doesn’t take crap from no one.
The art style is just astounding. Fully painted and is smooth yet vibrant. Even set in modern time Worley still makes it feel like a pulp story. On page five where the Shadow enters with his laugh, that was the highlight of this issue to me. That is something you always want to get right when dealing with The Shadow and the combined efforts of Liss and Worley made this happen. Seeing how the tone becomes so sinister and there is a mesh between red and black. The layout looks unique, and you can see the upgrade in technology using those large maps and computers. Just to point out you can even spot a “Spider” comic that one of the thugs is reading before confronted by The Shadow. Overall a great start and has a lot of potential to grab new readers. Definitely one I’d recommend for the story and art.