When a troubled young man with a history of violence and a penchant for blackouts meets an overwhelming source of power with a mystical scythe, the results are doomed to be destructive. A voodoo loa has possessed Jack Boniface – or so he believes. But after Jack awakens in an alleyway covered in blood, he embarks on a journey across lands of shadows and death to discover if he can expel the dark force that’s seized control of his life…and which may be responsible for a violent rampage throughout New Orleans…
Art– Roberto de la Torre’s art is top notch. It fits the somber tone this new direction seems to be going for. Equally the colors by David Baron add to the delicate tapestry of the issue. The dynamic colors especially in the magic sections are simply breathtaking.
Cover– Simple and clean best describe this plain background with Shadowman looking quite foreboding in the foreground.
New Direction– Jack Boniface is having a bad day. He keeps waking up with gaps in his memory and people bloody and battered around him. His Loa is apparently more sinister than originally thought.
The Abettors– Who are they, and what do they really want? They are essentially the watchers from BVS. Now they appear to be taking on a more sinister tone
Black Hero– I’m back on Shadowman, yeah my last review was Shadowman (2012) #10. With this new creative team I’m willing to give Jack a second chance. More of his past has been revealed and what it says about Jack is very disturbing.
The darker tone of the series means some fans may be alienated.
This is also probably not the series your kid who’s under ten should be reading.
Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre deliver an exciting new direction for Shadowman 4/5