Hello, Darkness, my old friend! (Shadecraft #1 Comic Review)
Writer – Joel Henderson
Art & Cover – Lee Garbett
Color – Antonio Fabela
Letters – Simon Bowland
Editor – Rick Lopez Jr.
This time on Shadecraft
The setting is essentially the real world and our main character is Zadie, a teenager struggling with the usual things that teenagers struggle with: bullying, family commitments, murderous shadow creatures that seemingly only she can see, and loneliness. We start with Zadie walking home late in the evening with her friend Josh when she misinterprets something he says and impulsively kisses him, but runs off when it seems like her feelings aren’t reciprocated. As she’s making her way home, she catches shadows moving oddly out of the corner of her eye, but when she turns around, they don’t seem to be any different. Unfortunately, her paranoia is justified when it turns out the shadows are not only sentient, but actively predatory.
My thoughts on Shadecraft
I’m kinda lukewarm on this series, to be honest with you. The art is good and the story is certainly setting up some interesting things, to be sure, but so far, it feels a little generic. The characters seem to be the typical teenager stock characters, at least so far, and the story seems to be a fairly straightforward “shadows as metaphors” story, which is… Kinda standard for stories being metaphorical shrines to emotional turmoil. I’m curious about what happens next and I won’t spoil the ending of this book, but I am not as enthused with this as I am with some stories. I sincerely hope I get to be surprised with subsequent issues because I am interested in what’s going to happen, I just want it to do a bit more to set itself apart. All of that being said, I’m rather fond of the art. Overall, it’s excellent, if mundane, art depicting normal, everyday life, but what really stands out is the design of the shadows. The general shape is very amorphous with coils and wisps coming from all directions and the center of the shadows has a really uncanny depth that makes the shadows feel distinctly and appealingly unnatural.
- The art is quite good, particularly the design on the shadows.
- Metaphors are broadly relatable and the characters are easy to read.
- The main character’s family dynamic is very believable.
- The characters are kind of generic.
- The story seems like fairly standard metaphor fair.