Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Stephen Segovia
Covers: Tonci Zonjic, Renato Guedes, Raul Allen, Juan Jose Ryp with Andrew Dalhouse, Travel Foreman with Diego Rodriguez
Jack Boniface is back! After five long years of constant fighting of Baron Samedi in the Deadside, Jack returns to find things are not as he had left them. Shadow Man: Fear of the Dark Part 1 is a continuation of the Valiant series. Now in that hands of Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, Daredevil) and Stephen Segovia (Action Comics), Jack must face not only his inner demons but the demon has become.
The story starts us off with Alyssa, making meticulous preparations for the next job, purifying an area where children are getting sick from the drinking water. Her knowledge of the bayou and its supernatural workings lead her to believe it is a curse in the lake, with her guide she treks to the source of the curse, where he betrays her. turns out, her guide serves a demon. one powerful enough to have Alyssa looking for an escape. While channeling her magic, Jack rips himself out of the Deadside back to our world. Unequivocally tired of fighting monsters, Jack tries to intervene. Only to find that this beast is too strong and he is too fatigued. Soon after, Jack passes out from exhaustion and wakes up in a familiar yet different setting, Alyssa’s home. Where he may find his hardest challenge yet, answering for his actions.
Picking up right where it left off, this new miniseries seems to be heading in the direction of a redemption tale, everyone we encounter has a vendetta, resentment, or some form of regret that they bring to the table. Since Valiant took over the series it has received mixed opinions about what has been done to the continuity and characters. I, for one, am going to put my faith in Diggle’s writing. he has set the series up to not only answer, but atone for some of the issues fans had in its run from 2013. With artwork that reminds us of cutscenes from Max Payne, Stephen Segovia grabs the attention of those just getting into the character while providing fulfilling emotion grabs for those who have stuck around for some time.