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Review – Shadow Service #3 (Vault Comics)

Shadow Service #3
Shadow Service #3
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 8.8/10
    8.8/10
  • Overall - 8.4/10
    8.4/10

Summary

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Corin Howell 
Colorist: Triona Ferrell
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Vault Comics

Release: October 19, 2020

Gina is caught in the grasp of MI-666, what do they want with her and can she trust them. The world is a lot stranger than Gina ever knew and it only gets weirder from here.

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Weird World in Shadow Service #3

Gina has learned that the world is a much stranger place than she could have ever imagined in Shadow Service #3. Now in the clutches of MI-666 (Britain’s premier supernatural task force). Gina is learning a lot, like being a witch private investigator is not the strangest thing ever. Her “friend” may also be letting demons into the world. So, things have gotten wild.

Shadow Service has quickly become one of my favorite books, especially around this spooky time of year. It continues to add some thrills and chills with a compelling little story to boot. But this issue did heighten some fears I had about the series and made me enjoy it a little less though, so let’s get to it!

Writing

Shadow Service #3 (Vault Comics) Written by Cavan Scott Art by Corin Howell Colored by Triona Farrell Cover by Corin Howell
Shadow Service #3 (Vault Comics) Written by Cavan Scott Art by Corin Howell Colored by Triona Farrell
Cover by Corin Howell

From the jump Scott Caravan has been doing a phenomenal job with this series. Great character work with Gina. I love how he is slowly reveling her past and how she came to be the hard nosed Witch-P.I. that we know. He also has done a fantastic job of just launching us straight into this world and explaining things along the way. He toes that line of things being a little confusing but not too much and also not over explaining things at the same time perfectly.

To get to my problems with Shadow Service #3 we have to jump back to my review of issue #1. In that I was a little concerned that we already got this introduction to MI-666 and a much wider magical world around Gina. I liked the idea but also wanted some “smaller” stories with just Gina. Shadow Service #3 dives more into that wider magical world and I can’t say I am too thrilled about it. I like all the ideas around it but, I would have rather had some smaller stories around Gina and this being set up in the background. Instead of just jumping into this huge world ending story right off the bat.

The story in Shadow Service #3 is still good though. And though I don’t like it as much I did the previous two issues, I do enjoy these other characters and again the idea of the MI-666 organization. Scott does a wonderful job of adding some interesting supernatural history/speculation into this series. We also get to learn more about Gina and what motivates here and just what kind of person she is. It makes you root and want to follow her even more.

Art

The art by Corin Howell and colors by Triona Ferrell has been excellent since issue #1 and it continues to just be a visual delight in Shadow Service #3. Howell continues to sneak in some excellent gore/horror into this series. I still get caught off guard by it because his art is so clean and tight and then all of sudden you have these grotesques images jumping out at you.

Howell continues to deliver some great character acting and facial expressions as well. He does a wonderful job of telling the story through characters emotions. 

Triona Ferrell’s colors continue to work perfectly for this series. She continues to do a lovely job of using purple throughout this series. From very bold to slightly pronounced she uses it a lot to great effect. Also love that it bright but dark at the same time and Ferrell also gives it a bit of grit or textured look as well.

The art in Shadow Service has been a real treat. It has a nice combination of being a bit animated/cartoony yet realistic at the same time, which is the perfect mix for this series.

Conclusion

Shadow Service #3 is still all around a solid issue into the series. Even though I still do not like the idea of Gina in the MI-666 and her jumping into this large story so quickly. I would like some smaller stories with just her. It was still a fun and enjoyable read. If you are looking for something and little spooky and fun then I could not recommend Shadow Service enough for a new read especially around this Halloween season.


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