The Shadow # 4 from Dynamite Entertainment was definitely a build up issue to a bigger event as there was not much action to be had but quite a bit of dialogue. I have always liked the Shadow character and the world that is set around him. What this issue did have was very good references here and there to that character and world that made me just more interested in what is yet to come. It is well written and thought out and as I already said you can obviously tell that they are in the middle of a build up to a climatic confrontation but isn’t that part of the fun in reading comics after all.
The Shadow issue # 4 is set aboard two boats, one being American and the other Japanese, towards the end of the issue begins a conflict between the two. Leading up to said event are accounts of the world that The Shadow has established for us long ago with references to Lamont Cranston and others like him as well as the ones who secretly train them to make the world a better place. They are referenced by the Japanese officers as samurai of sorts but I always thought of them as more like ninjas but that’s just my opinion.
Overall I see this panning out to be a very good series that will hopefully have a long running once more in the world of comics. The art is pretty good a little rough around the edges but i did enjoy it and the writing isn’t bad at all with very enticing and intriguing build up to what is sure to be nothing less than one hell of a shadowy smack down.
The Shadow Issue # 4 : Written by: Garth Ennis / Art by: Aaron Campbell / Colors by: Carlos Lopez