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Leroy Boniface

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Created by: Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre

1st appearance: Shadowman (2012) #14,  November 2013

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 5’10    Height: 170 lbs

Eyes: Brown        Hair: Black

Relatives: Josiah Boniface (Descendant, Deceased), Jack Boniface/Shadowman, Marius Boniface (Grandfather)

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: Symbiotic relationship with a shadow Loa/Spirit passed along his bloodline granting him an assortment of powers and abilities.

Biography

 The grandson of Marius Boniface. In 1902 he had a seizure in a brothel in south rampart street. This occurred after he had been drinking and whoring for five days straight. Unlike Marius he lacked the inner strength to control the Loa. It went hunting other Loa and used Leroy to further its own mysterious and violent agenda. Many innocent people were killed before the Abettors found and neutralized him.

He is used as an example of an unsuitable host for the Loa [Shadowman (2012) #14].


Shadowman (2012) #13 Review

Shadowman2012#13 1All-new creative team… All-new arc… All-new beginning! Comics icon Peter Milligan and visionary artist Roberto De La Torre drag Jack Boniface into his blackest depths yet!

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…

 

The Good

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 Bad

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.

The Ugly

Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre deliver an exciting new direction for Shadowman 4/5

stars- 4


Shadowman (2012) #10 Review

ShadowMan2012#10 (1)Long ago, in the antebellum South, Master Darque’s evil spawned the one thing that could stop him: the Shadowman. Discover how the Darques’ depravity has intertwined with Shadowman for more than a century and the betrayal that forged them both in this special standalone bookend to Shadowman’s first year in the Valiant Universe.

From the bloodied battlefields of Gettysburg to the darkest corners of the Deadside, Harvey Award-nominated writer Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode) and an all-star cast of comics talent expand the origin saga that Bloody Disgusting calls “simply flawless” on September 4th, only in Shadowman #10!

 The Good

Cover- This is now my favorite Shadowman (2012) cover. Sandria Darque pregnant holding her womb adorned with rune symbols wrapped in the shadows of the loa.

Story- Our tale opens with Marius Boniface a soldier being saved by Sandria Darque. She then joins the army as a magical aid and falls for Mr. Boniface. When her evil brother comes for her the two manage to escape to New Orleans where she gives birth to their child. Master Darque arrives and Sandria uses her powers to destroy her child’s physical body to save his life and bond him to his father creating the Shadowman who has power to kill master Darque. They try to kill him but he lashes out with his powers and the house is engulfed in flame. Marius carries Sandria from the fire transformed, the very first Shadowman. ShadowMan2012#10 (3)

Emotion- One thing that this issue illustrates beautifully was the emotions of all those involved. Sandria’s fear of her brother, her brothers heartless cruelty and Marius’ love of Sandria. One of the most powerful scenes involved Master Darque coming to ‘rescue’ his sister, his very reason for living the one person who he would sacrifice everything for (See Shadowman #0 for details). His fear and panic that she had been captured was tangible and the realization that she had tried to escape him because of fear was heartbreaking. Justin Jordan has this pitch perfect portrayal of Darque that gives him so much depth and dimension; I would pay good money to read an ongoing on the character. Sandria’s longing to connect with the world was also touching and finding Marius who loved her beyond her appearance was simply divine. The shock on Marius’ face when he saw his none crying child and its later disintegration in his arms (Shadowman #0 has details on that as well) the shock, terror and righteous fury as he attacked Darque tethered me to these characters much more than Jack Boniface has managed so far.

Action-None of the over the top stuff but just enough to keep things exciting.

Art- The first half of the book was beautifully rendered and fit the tone and mood of the book very well.

Black Heroes- Introducing ladies and gentlemen the very first Shadowman, Marius Boniface! This guy I would follow in a mini-series or an ongoing.

The Origin- Finally the curtains drops and we know how the Shadow Loa came to be and it’s connection to both the Boniface Lien and the Darque’s.


The Bad

Art- This issue was almost perfect. Then we had the sudden shift to another artist and it pulled me from deep inside the story and placed me back on my chair looking through the window. My biggest complaint about this book is the inconsistency of art. Comics are a visual medium just like movies and if the art detracts from the story or hurts the flow then you’re in trouble.

Jack Boniface- Some major work will be needed to make Jack half as engaging as Master Darque, Sandria or even Marius. Next month we are back to following boring one dimensional Jack Boniface, yay!


The Ugly

Shadowman #10 is another flashback and incidentally one of the best issues Justin Jordan has written for this series thus far. This is a emotional thrill ride with an absolutely stunning cover, complex and truly realized villains and the origin of the Shadowman line that makes perfect sense and springboards us into the next phase of Shadowman from Valiant! 4.5/5

stars- 4.5


Marius Boniface

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Alias: Shadowman

Publisher: Valiant Comics

Created by: Justin Jordan

1st appearance: Shadowman (2012) #10

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Unknown

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’11       Weight: 150 lbs 

Eyes: Brown      Hair: Black

Relatives: Josiah Boniface, Jack Boniface,(Descendants)

Skills and Abilities: Skilled armed and unarmed combatant

Powers:Symbiotic relationship with a shadow Loa/Spirit passed along his bloodline granting him an assortment of powers and abilities.

Biography

  Marius was a soldier in the army in the 1800′s who’s life was saved by Sandria Darque.They fell in love and managed to flee to New Orleans where she gave birth to his child. Attacked by Master Darque, Sandria used her powers to bond their child to him saving both their lives and creating a weapon to kill Darque. He became the very first in the Shadowman line and the ancestor of
Josiah Boniface, and Jack Boniface (Shadowman [2012] #10).


Shadowman (2012) #9 Review

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The final showdown between Shadowman and Master Darque has finally arrived…but those that Jack Boniface holds dearest will be the ones who suffer the most brutal blows of all.

Trapped in the Deadside with his powers at an all-time low, Jack is about to suffer a devastating betrayal as Master Darque’s ultimate plan stands revealed. Now, with the Brethren on the verge of wiping out the last of the Abettors in New Orleans, and the Deadside threatening to explode into our world, Jack will have to call on everything he’s got to stop them…or lose it all trying.

The final battle foretold since issue #1 happens here…but there will be no victory, just survival, when Master Darque leaves his mark on Shadowman #9 – in stores August 7th!

 The Good

Cover- Black, grey and red are the dominant colors and all the shades in between them combine to make a very somber cover for this month’s Shadowman. Master Darque also gets the spotlight once more this time holding Shadoman’s sickle which drips with blood. Not very detailed but I like it. Shadowman2012#9 (1)

Action- The action scenes flowed well despite the inconsistency in art.

Villain- Ladies and gentlemen Master Darque the deep existential villain who I have fallen in love with is here in all his misguided glory. This issue Darque reveals his plan is not to conquer the world so much as gather enough power to remake the universe by deposing what he calls an evil “god”. I can see how he arrived at that definition of god when you consider that he and his sister were born just to be his father’s instruments of power.  I can see Darque questioning why a god who is supposed to be all good would allow that and countless other things to happen.  I like Darque!

Colors- Brian Reber is on color duty and he’s the star of the show. His colors bring life to the inconsistent art. Dazzling arcane magic, luminescent eyes etc it all looks damn good!

Black Hero- The New Jack Boniface saves the word and Alyssa is…..here.

The Bad

Inconsistency- This issue could have packed quite the emotional punch but didn’t, thanks in no small part to the weak a$$ artwork. Now don’t get me wrong the action was adequate but especially that last page didn’t have the desired effect because the art could not convey facial features and/or emotions at all.

Shadowman2012#9 (2)Superhero- Jack Boniface is cool but nine issues in who he is in the sea of all this supernatural hero stuff is just plain lost. This is not a book like Quantum and Woody the original Batwing or Ultimate Comics Spider-man where there are actual well fleshed out multidimensional human beings who happen to be thrown into extra ordinary situations with a side of superheroics thrown in for good measure. Shadowman has failed on the fundamental level of creating a connection between the reader and the hero. Shadowman #0 made me care more about Master Darque in one issue than I care about Jack in nine. This is something the writers will seriously need to deal with going forward. Its great to have a superhero book on the shelves but that connection that this book is missing is what keeps readers hook for months on end if not for a lifetime.

Supporting Cast- The death of Dox could have been handled allot better. Here is a character who serves the same role as Giles did to Buffy (And there are so many parallels to be drawn between Buff and the New Shadowman I might add) but the connection between Jack and Dox was never established making that death while heroic kind of hollow on the emotional front.

The Ugly

This issue is the climax of apparently everything since issue #1 problem is for me personally things have moved way too fast. Characterization was compressed or none existent and our villain turned out to be more likeable and relatable than our hero. Emotions were also hollow. Despite this however we got sweet action, glorious colors and still loads of potential. Here’s hoping this book gets better and not worst. 2.5/5

stars- 2.5


Shadowman (2012) #8 Review

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  Jack Boniface’s life is about to become a living hell. Master Darque may be trapped in the forbidden realm known as the Deadside, but his disciples on Earth, the Brethren, continue to track Jack’s every move. When Shadowman takes the fight to their doorstep, the Brethren’s counterattack proves much more than Jack bargained for…and the people he cares about are going to pay the price…

The road to the final, fateful clash of Shadowman and Master Darque starts here on July 3rd when the Deadside’s darkest strike close to home, only in Shadowman #8!

 

 

The Good

Development- This issue Jack through flashback has a key bonding moment with Dox which enhances the overall tale and his importance in it. It was also cool to see that he is Alyssa’s father figure since he’s had her since she was a kid.

Villain- Shadowman #0 really has enhanced the appeal of Master Darque. This issue continues to paint him as a very formidable foe, terrifying in the scope of his power there is no debate at this point he is the big bad of the valiant universe in the re-launch.

Design- The things created by Master Darque look pretty scary

Unholy alliances- So Jack Boniface has allied himself with Baron Samedi god of the dead and Jaunty the trickster god. Both would stab him in the back at a moment’s notice…….let’s see how this pans out.

Black Heroes- Jack Boniface and Alyssa are here.

Art- Very distinctive and fitting though not the greatest on the stands.

 

The Bad

This book needs better and more consistent artwork if it wants to be taken seriously and a more likeable main character. The Villain is far more entertaining and the book seems to be stuck in filler-ville.

 

The Ugly

An average read 2.5/5

stars- 2.5


Shadowman (2012) #0 Review

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For hundreds of years the Shadowmen have guarded our world from the horrors of the nightmare realm known as the Deadside and opposed the mysterious sorcerer known only as Master Darque. Should Darque make his way to Earth, all life as we know it could cease to exist. But who is Master Darque? Where did he come from? And does current Shadowman Jack Boniface have any hope of defeating this seemingly unstoppable force?

 

The Good

Art- Robert De La Torre, Mico Suayan, Lewis LaRosa and Neil Edwards handle the art this issue and while so many names on a single book usually causes jarring issues with consistency this issue pulls it off pretty damn well. The eyes of the twins on that opening page are chilling and the reanimated dead bunny gave me flashes of Pet Cemetery. Good times al around!

Action- Not a whole lot of action in this issue but right at the end of the book things ramp up significantly which does add to the climax of the tale.

Emotional- A great origin tale touches you on a very personal level and this one connected with me on just such a level. Nicodemo and his sister like every child love their father and want to be loved in return. To that end they allow themselves to be groomed by him in the art of magic despite the sacrifices they have to make both physically and emotionally. The plantation setting was also the perfect choice for staging this origin. This issue is dark and foreboding peppered with moments of happiness between the twins which only add to the emotional crescendo which happens at the end.

 

The Bad

Black Heroes- Only the cover showed the titular hero, the villain took over this issue and scampered off with my heart.

Twin Cliché- This is a dead beaten horse at this point were fraternal twins (Boy and girl) always seem to have this creepy incestuous connection of some kind. You can be loving to your sister surely but comics often take a sexual overtone that’s……..creepy.

Cover- Not a fan of any of the covers this month, none of them seem appropriate, last month’s cover should have been saved for this origin tale.

 

The Ugly

Shadowman #0 is simply beautiful. From Page one until the end I was glued to my seat eyes on the page the world around me simply a blur. This is arguably the best written and drawn single issue of this entire modern Shadowman run. We highly recommend you head into the shadows and buy this man! 4.5/5

stars- 4.5


Shadowman (2012) #6 Review

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When the undead begin to attack throughout New Orleans, can the combined forces of Shadowman and Dr. Mirage repel an army that can’t be killed?

As Master Darque devises his escape from the Deadside, his earthly minions in the Brethren crime syndicate are shoring up their ranks and preparing the city for the second coming of their dark sovereign. Their operations, however, have drawn the attention of a mysterious, pistol-wielding assassin, who has been retaliating against the Brethren on behalf of a long-forgotten New Orleans deity named Baron Samedi, lord of the dead — a deity that Master Darque has just paid a visit in the Deadside…

The dead are rising  in New Orleans. The Deadside is spreading throughout the city, while a sinister new menace gathers an army that can’t be killed. Meanwhile, Jack is about to discover that his Shadowman powers are as much more a curse than a blessing.SHADOWMAN #6 (6)

The Good

Cover- Baron Samedi in his skin suit assassin looms in the background while Jack Boniface battles zombies in the foreground. This month the cover is bathed in soothing hues of blue giving it this bright a sunny day feel in contrast with the evil dead/walking dead/resident evil spectacle taking place. I like it!

Black Heroes- Jack Boniface is here as well as the lady of the blue flame herself, Alyssa. Baron Samedi as a god of the loa technically is a black god but he’s a walking corpse so I’m not sure how we should categorize him.

Art- The art after page eleven is decidedly smoother than previous months, it’s consistency really helped the later part of the tale to have more legs than the 1-11.

Threat- So Baron Samedi has been tasked with killing Shadowman in exchange for Darque providing him power. Samedi however sees Darque as a bigger threat than the Shadowman so he warns them and proposes an alliance. This issue presents the first real sense of what true power Darque possesses. He is here giving or sustaining a dead and dying god who empowered by him easily takes out Shadowman. It took allot of build up but I’m starting to wonder if Jack can handle this guy if he makes it over into Earth because he’s untrained and still an amateur who gets his ass handed to him by the simplest of supernatural beings.

The Bad

Art-Pages 1-11 are inconsistent and look messy/rushed really detracting from the overall tale.

The Ugly

Despite inconsistent art Shadowman is still one of my very favorite books I just wish it was more consistent. So many layers, so much potential and what appears to be pure chaos to follow. Shadowman is a rock and rolling good time bathed in eerie mysticism 3/5

stars- 3


Shadowman (2012) #5 Review

 

Shadowman #5

Shadowman #5

ALL-NEW ARC! The coming of Master Darque is upon us. Jack Boniface has just been to Hell and back. After surviving the horrors of the Deadside, Jack is taking his new abilities to the limit and discovering more about the legacy of the Shadowman with each passing night. But what if he wasn’t the only thing that managed to escape back to Earth? Something dark has arrived in New Orleans, leaving death and madness in its black wake. What’s more, the city’s deadliest cartel assassin is after Jack, and he refuses to die – literally!

Summary

A worshipper of Baron Samedi assassinates members of the “Gatherers”. In a diner Alyssa and Jack evade an assassination attempt but a waitress is killed in the crossfire. Dr Mirage is introduced while Jack Boniface learns of the Shadowman line. In the deadside Master Darque proposes an alliance with Baron Samedi.


The Good

Cover- Nifty image of Master Darque with his pale white skin and eyes blaring at us while the tattoos on his skin and the glyphs of the background glow with eerie light; it stands out on the comic stand like few others this week!  The use of the color red must also be commended as it enhanced the overall package like you would never believe.

Black Hero-Jack Boniface and Alyssa are our dynamic duo thought the latter gets very little panel time this month.

Action- This issue opened with a huge bang as bodies are pumped full of lead and blood splashed across the floor. Good times!

Mystery- Who is this new villain and what is his connection to Baron Samedi? Who is Baron Samedi?

Interior Art- Patrick Zircher, Lee Garbett, Stefano Gaudiano and Roberto Delatorre combine to make this a stunning issue with a variety of styles.

Valiant- So the new Dr. Mirage made her debut this month, that’s apparently a big deal, so if you’re a fan, you’re in luck!

The Bad

Art- Having so many artists on one book may not be suitable for all readers since a few have radically different styles than the others.

Villain- I’m still waiting for this new rendition of Master Darque to fill me with the dread the original did. He’s supposed to be the great and terrible thing, but the shoe has not dropped just yet.

The Ugly

I like this book surely, it’s the only thing I’m reading from Valiant but it’s not quite where I know it could be and not as accessible or as thrilling as it should be. Overall though I must say it’s still one of the better books with a black lead on the shelves 3/5

stars- 3


Shadowman (2012) #4 Review

Shadowman #4

Shadowman #4

All hell breaks loose. Shadowman and the monstrous Mr. Twist battle to the death! Everything is at stake for Jack, Dox, and Alyssa – and for the world as they know it – because if Twist succeeds, then Master Darque will walk the earth once more.

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Cover- This month we get the depiction of Shadowman being attacked by denizens of the dead side on an orange, yellow and brown background. Honestly it looks awesome! The alternate cover with an eviscerated Mr. Twist is equally cool!

Action- The highpoint of the issue was the battle between Shadowman/Jack Boniface and Mr. Twist; bloody, eviscerating, macabre magical mayhem. This is the stuff memorable comics are made of.

Potential- Our two heroes Alyssa and Jack Boniface/Shadowman have what seems to be the hint of a potential relationship with the mutual attraction and saving of lives thing.

Villains- Some may not like how a secret cabal is controlling everything from behind the scenes but I loved it!  Since the first issue the big bad has been Darque but here we see the other villains and realize while they may not be as powerful as Darque, but they wield tremendous resources in: Politics, Shipbuilding, commercial fishing, Oil Refining and Petrochemicals. I can’t wait to see how they factor into the bigger picture.Shadowman #4 (6)

Art- This is the very best work Zircher has given us on this series so far! The action was fast paced and hectic yet the art kept up and delivered big time! The magic portals shine in their hues of blue and white. The well proportioned features of the human characters while the pulsating meat sack of Mr Twist and the howling hungry spirits trapped in dead side are all simply perfect; the arcane symbols in their tones of yellow and orange are also worthy of mention and note.

Black Heroes- We get Shadowman/Jack Boniface and Alyssa mistress of the blue flame. Not the book with the most black superheroes but one of the very best this month.

None Issue- Another thing I adore about this series it completely ignores the ethnicity of its hero and makes Jack as a result makes Shadowman (2012) less about being a black superhero book and just a straight up superhero book. I’m starting to see the appeal of writing a black superhero in an ethnicity neutral manner; it certainly broadens the potential appeal of said hero exponentially.

The Bad

Villain- I’m sorry but I’m still waiting for Zircher and Jordan to sell this “big bad” to me. I don’t see him as a palpable enough threat to warrant half the excitement Zircher and Jordan are expecting. They need to work on the threat level and revealing more about Darque and where he has been since his fight with Josiah Boniface before he will ever be taken seriously.

The Ugly

Finally a worthy pay off for all my investment since 2012. Shadowman (2013) #4 is a step in the right direction for a series just finding its legs but with still so much room to grow.  4/5 Stars

stars- 4


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