The Shadow #23
Created by Walter B. Gibson
Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Giovanni Timpano
Colors by Fabricio Guerro
Letters by Rob Steen
Covers by Alex Ross, Dean Motter
Release Date: March 19, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Dynamite’s The Shadow is a retelling of the Walter B. Gibson stories best known from radio plays that starred, among others, Orson Wells. As a comic the stories take on a new life. I was a fan of the radio programs so I asked to see what this new Shadow might be. The cover art by Alex Ross is spectacular, invoking the period and sensibility of the 1930s around the start of WWII. I found the heavy-handedness of the line art by Giovanni Timpano to be evocative of the older comics I have seen like Sgt. Rock books from the ’70s.
As the series continues to develop the stories are very like the radio program but with a darker, more violent tone, while lacking most of the humor that I remember when listening as a kid. It seems very difficult to manage the right balance of serious and funny in a story like this.
The newest is the tail-end of a particularly convoluted story arc that begins in issue #19, and through the succeeding books gave us a wider look into The Shadow’s past, through the eyes of his closest compatriots. Of special note is Fabricio Guerro the use of color and texture to embellish memory sequences.
I am looking forward to the next installment as this book series develops.