and The Shadow first met face-to-face back in 1973, reminding new generations
of comic book readers of the impact the Master of Darkness had on the creation
of the Caped Crusader. Forty years later, the two meet once more, and while the
story started out with much promise, by issue #4 it has descended into the common
cliché to which most team-ups fall victim.
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.
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.
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.
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.