Monday, January 16, 2012

The Shade #4 - Review


The powerhouse team of James Robinson and Darwyn Cooke team up for this latest issue of The Shade miniseries that finds Shade reminiscing about an adventure of his during World War II. There's espionage, shadow powers, and a whole lot of Nazis in this incredibly fun book from DC Comics. I have to admit that this is my first time reading anything Starman or The Shade related, although I was familiar with the characters, but I can tell you that it won't be my last. Not by a long shot.

The writing is fun, fast-paced, and has a wide range of emotion from action, rage, betrayal, and just plain comic book fun. Robinson presents a character who is known more in the DC Universe as a villain and gives him the gray area to play in that makes characters like this so much fun to read. I keep repeating the word "fun," but that's because it really is the best word to describe it.

The art by Cooke is exactly what you'd expect, and that's ten shades of awesome. Every page would look beautiful hung up on the wall or displayed in a gallery. Someone needs to give Cooke another ongoing series at DC and they need to do it fast. All of the shadow constructs and character designs in this issue were beautiful, and fans of The New Frontier will love the shots of Opal City and the guest appearance by Vigilante.

I know that the average comic book reader stays in the superhero genre, and I can understand the apprehension to move to other types of books. But you're doing yourself a disservice if you're only reading the top hero books and you're not exploring the corners of the DC Universe and it's much richer character base. This issue gets a 5/5.

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