I have always loved the old pulp heroes from fiction and radio dramas. Over the past few years Dynamite Entertainment has done a wonderful job at bringing these characters back to life. Among these characters is Lamont Cranston, otherwise known as The Shadow. Despite my affinity to these characters, this weeks issue is the first time I’ve met the character that has become a legend of pulp fiction staring in fiction, radio drama, TV serials, and movies. How well does dynamite do at introducing me?

An orphan girl is saved from a life of forced prostitution by a mysterious man that has been watching her and identified her as a pure spirit. He tells her he can show her how to be more than what she is. Years later, she reappears as a woman clad in a pure white habit, using a wicked pair of swords to punish the wealthy for their sins. The Shadow is on the case. But with her ability to call forth a blinding light and to cut bullets from the air, he may have met his match.

Chris Roberson wrote this issue of The Shadow. He does a great job of recreating the pulp feel that these types of characters deserve. Yet, he does it without making the story seem outdated. Art by Giovanni Timpano illustrates this story beautifully as well, bring the action to life in every frame. The colors by Fabricio Guerra are amazing. The woman, called either the “Lady Phantom” or “The Light”, seems to glow under the skill of his brush.

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Originality: 3/5 – This is a very basic tale of good guy vs. bad guy with nothing groundbreaking going on.
Story & Dialog: 5/5 – Despite being a basic tale, it is told using an excellent voice and in excellent structure.
Art: 5/5 – Great angles and details throughout the whole issue with action that pops off the page.
Colors: 5/5 – A cool and shadowy palette for the most part which make the “Lady Phantom” glow. There is also a distinct difference in the colors when Lamont is not in disguise.
Repeat Reading: 5/5 – A very fun book that could be read often for a little romp of action.

Score: ½

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