Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Shadowman' #3 by Andy Diggle, Stephen Segovia, Adam Pollina, Ulises Arreola, and David Baron

Shadowman is thrust back into the Deadside where he was trapped before but this time he's out to reclaim the weapon that could help him defeat the evil voodoo god Baron Samedi.


SHADOWMAN #3  

Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Stephen Segovia, Adam Pollina
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Release Date: May 23, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★★ (5/5)

I consider Valiant Entertainment the home to the best action-adventure comics in the industry (including the Big Two). 'Shadowman' falls into that category too but adds voodoo magic and otherworldly villains. Jack Boniface aka Shadowman just returned to the land of the living from the Deadside and a fight with one of voodoo loa god Baron Samedi's minions has sent him back. His partner Alyssa Miles, an abettor to the Shadowman host, was still resentful for his disappearance before, having to protect New Orleans from mystical forces on her own and now has to do everything to bring him back. It's own giant mind game taking place in two different dimensions. 

Andy Diggle is obviously a great writer of action but his ability to convey human behavior with very specific dialogue is what makes this comic both exciting and layered. Alyssa will do whatever she can to save Jack, her sense of duty is unimpeachable, even if her personal feelings about him abandoning her, willfully or not, still bother her. Jack was happy to be back and thought they could continue where they left off but a lot has happened in the time he was gone so it's a lot harder for her to just move on. You can sense that in the congenial way he talks to her, seemingly clueless about her bitterness. She is much terser and matter-of-fact in her speech keeping things on a professional level and thus a distance between them. It's an important detail amid all the action and magic that helps define who these heroes are at the present time leaving me wishing they can reconcile before something terrible happens to one of them. After all, if you don't care for the characters what good is the story?

Stephen Segovia (with Adam Pollina) is a master of choreographing these battles between Jack and the Ziwanda along with the roaming undead. His depiction of the Deadside is frightening, bizarre, and sometimes dizzying. There's one page in particular that M. C. Escher would be proud of. The contrast between the real world and Deadside is conveyed in much the way Jack describes as a "twisted reflection of our own world." It's the world George Baily returns to in 'It's A Wonderful Life,' if he had never been born except with a much more sinister supernatural approach. It's made all that much more menacing with dark rich colors from Ulises Arreola (with David Baron) and dynamic lettering from Simon Bowland.

'Shadowman' is the type of great serial storytelling that keeps you glued to the page rooting for the good guys for their safety and for reconciliation. Diggle makes you care about them and that's vital when you're thrust into a dangerous supernatural thriller. This is unlike most comics especially the superhero type because Jack is a reluctant defender against dark forces who sees his powers as much as a curse as a gift. Nonetheless, along with Alyssa, they make a great duo in the face of deadly circumstances. This is another page-turning, rollicking action series from Valiant that you can't miss.







Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

Eliza Dushku Stars in Sci-Fi Short 'The Gable 5'

Kevin Tancharoen, the filmmaker that created the popular webseries, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, has returned to Machinima with his latest short film entitled The Gable 5 starring one of Joss Whedon's favorite action heroines, Eliza Dushku. The ties to the Whedon-verse are well intact as Tancharoen's brother-in-law is Jed Whedon, who co-produces along with wife Maurissa, the super spy drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. on ABC. Dushku once again shows off her killer moves in this dark and action-packed sci-fi short film.

PREVIEW: 'PUNK MAMBO' #4 (of 5) by CULLEN BUNN, ADAM GORHAM and JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA

Punk Mambo faces off against a sinister sorcerer!


What does Azaire want with the loa he’s collected?
Mambo reaches deep into her bag of tricks to level the playing field. Sex magic may or may not be involved. But voodoo dolls definitely are.
PUNK MAMBO #4 (of 5)
Written by CULLEN BUNN Art by ADAM GORHAM Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by DAN BRERETON Cover B by DAVID MACK Cover C by CRIS DELARA Pre-Order Edition by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st









VIDEO: Happy Father's Day, Walter White!

Just in time for Father's Day, Screen Junkies in association with the online men's magazine, Made Men, are celebrating TV dads and they got R.J. Mitte who played Walt Jr. to Bryan Cranston's Walter White, the school teacher turned meth kingpin on AMC's Breaking Bad, to reminisce about what made Big Walt a great dad. Maybe he wasn't so bad after all.