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Shadow Service #1

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Corin Howell
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Vault Comics
Release Date: August 19, 2020

Gina Meyer is a witch; she also is a private investigator, two things that cause a lot of trouble in her life.

 

“She’s Crafty” Shadow Service #1

Private eye Gina Meyer is good at her job. In the streets of London, there is always something for her to find. A cheating husband, a lost sister; she investigates it all with skill and craft. Gina does well with her job; her special abilities also help out some, too. You see, Gina is a witch. At times she struggles: does this make her some kind of monster, or not? Keeping herself busy keeps her mind off of the thought. But in Shadow Service #1 Gina finds out she is not the only thing that goes bump in the night.

Shadow Service #1 (Vault Comics) cover B by Tim Daniel and Nathan Gooden
Shadow Service #1 (Vault Comics) cover B by Tim Daniel and Nathan Gooden

Vault Comics delivers a wonderful twist on the old PI story with Shadow Service #1. A combination of Jessica Jones, Supernatural, and The X-Files, it is an exciting supernatural crime drama that you do not want to miss out on!

Writing

First and foremost, just a great idea/pitch for a comic book—witch/PI. Just a fun idea from the get-go. Writer/co-creator Cavan Scott does a fantastic job with this first issue. It is just a phenomenal start to a new series/character. You get everything you need to know from the comic itself. You don’t need any solicitations or anything to fill in gaps. Scott does a terrific job of getting the reader on board with everything from the jump.

I just liked everything about this first issue. From the explanation of Gina’s powers, to how her character is written, it all just works perfectly well. The issue itself is just a delightful read and gets you invested in this character and world right away. It is dramatic, funny, and exciting all at the same time. The dialogue is well written and it is a fun read.

I guess if I have one minor complaint, it would be that the book jumps into other supernatural stuff quickly. I won’t spoil anything, and this might change up as this is only the first issue. But I really just wanted to see this “Witch Private Investigator” solving regular everyday cases with her “witchiness”. I still liked everything about the issue, just maybe it dropped too quickly into other supernatural aspects for me. I can’t go into detail about it, but I don’t hate what happens either, as we really don’t know what the results of it will be until the next issue.

Art

I was super impressed with the art in Shadow Service #1. I am not familiar with co-creator Corin Howell‘s art. The style works perfectly for the series. It is realistic, yet still animated at the same time. Tight ink lines and some nice detail throughout the issue. Some great pages in the issue, and shocking horror aspects as well.

Howell’s visual storytelling also shines in Shadow Service #1. The panel setups and layouts help the story flow tremendously well, while also making for an exciting read. Great facial expressions and character acting as well. Howell drawls out the more dramatic aspects of the series greatly with their character work.

Now, I am familiar with Triona Farrell’s work from Mech Cadet Yu, Goosebumps: Download and Die, Crowded, TMNT, and others. Some fantastic coloring work, as well, going on in Shadow Service #1. Farrell does a terrific job of capturing the mood and tone of this series. It is dark and ominous but there is a bit of cheerfulness/fun to it as well that Farrell brings out in her coloring work.

Conclusion

Though maybe Shadow Service #1 jumped the gun a little bit on the supernatural thing, altogether, I adored this first issue. It built upon an interesting concept in a unique way and the issue immediately sucked me into this character and this world.  It is also just a very well done first issue. From introducing us to a new character and world, from the writing to the art, everything is just top-notch work.

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I opened up Shadow Service #1 but it was one of those nice surprises. A book that I immediately fell in love with. If you are looking for something new and interesting in the comic book world I suggest picking up Shadow Service #1; you won’t be disappointed.


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