Gaze Into Your Shadow Long Enough, It Gazes Back (Shadowman #2 Comic Review)

Shadowman #2: Fear of the Dark Part 2

Written by: Andy Diggle

Art by: Stephen Segovia

Colors by: Ulises Arreola

Covers by: Tonci Zonjic, Renato Guedes, Juan José Ryp with Andrew Dalhouse,
Ben Templesmith, Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín

 

What You Need to Know:

Last issue, we were shown the return of Jack Boniface when colleague Alyssa Myles unintentionally led him back to the world of the living from the Deadside. We learn that Jack has been there for five years straight, meanwhile things in the bayou have been getting worse. Baron Samedi has gained a following in the area with cultists making sacrifices in his name. Greater demons are appearing and children are getting sick. All the signs of dark magics, all a part of a larger plan.

What Just Happened: 

Shadow Man: Fear Of The Dark Part 2 is the median issue in a three part series meant to tie up the aftermath of the Valiant 2013 run of the same title. This issue starts where issue one left off: with Jack attacking a Baron Samedi that had just possessed Alyssa, taunting Jack with his lost shadow scythe left in the Deadside. Being the snake he is, Samedi releases control as soon as Jack attacks him. Leaving Alyssa worried about him being able to control himself in the coming days, Jacks reveals that he cannot control his loa without the scythe. Going back to the Deadside is out of the question, but there must be a way. In the meantime, they grab some grub and brainstorm their next course of action. We learn that the demon they had just faced is from the Deadside and Baron Samedi is trying to find enough followers to become a god. As they come to the conclusion that all of this is connected, a familiar face shows up ready to prevent our pair from progressing forward.

My Thoughts:

The story hasn’t lost any steam this issue and the artwork is still very creative and top notch, each panel having a noir oil painting vibe to it tying everything together quite nicely.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
This miniseries is turning out better than I had hoped. Little set ups that have had big payoffs. My only problem is that these issues are paced very quickly. not leaving much time for the reader and the characters to reflect.
Good
  • Captivating
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Illustrated
  • Well Written
Bad
  • Moves Forward Very Quickly
8.5
Great
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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