By Philip Schweier
July 26, 2017 - 04:42
Start with heroes with opposing philosophies. Have them battle, each believing the other to be the bad guy. While distracted, this allows a greater evil to grow, usually represented by the union of the heroes’ worst enemies. This usually leads to the heroes trading opponents, enabling the good guys to win because the bad guys don’t know how to fight anyone else.
And so it happens: Batman, the Joker, The Shadow, the Stag. Who? Yeah, I don’t know him either, and I have read most of the original Shadow novels.
The artwork is stylish, and I’ve heard many Shadow fans say it’s not to their liking. I don’t mind it, I think it works. It seems as if Rossma is trying to channel a small amount of Mike Kaluta. I don’t mind that because it’s not so pervasive that it falls into the realm of cheap imitation.
I’d expected the series to run four issues, and would have been happy with that. But it appears to be running six. More is better, but not if it’s more of the super-hero team-up clichés we’ve seen for several generations.