I refer to my age quite often here, but I assure you that I only do so for good reason…and I’m about to do it again, so…As a self-proclaimed 90’s Kid, certain films that I watched on VHS tape as a child had a lasting effect on me. One of these films was Dick Tracy The Shadow. Sure, this Alec Baldwin flick wasn’t a masterpiece of modern cinema or anything like that, but when five-year-old Charlie (me) saw it, he thought that it was freakin’ sweet. Thus, when I spotted Batman/The Shadow #1 waiting for me in my inbox, I couldn’t wait to begin reading.
“Two of history’s greatest vigilantes are reunited at last! Murder has come to Gotham City, and Lamont Cranston appears to be the culprit…but he’s been dead for over fifty years! Batman will go to the ends of the Earth to unravel the mystery of Cranston’s life, but the mysterious Shadow will do everything in his power to stop him from learning too much…”
After finding out that this potentially awesome crossover was being penned by both Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, I knew that the result would not only be something worth reading and reviewing but also that it would be something that would make my inner child scream with joy. And after reading through this issue, five-year-old Charlie was practically doing backflips.
More so than just a clever idea, Batman/The Shadow #1 is a stunning read. With perfect pacing, and a plot that oozes allure, Batman/The Shadow #1 is the debut issue of a crossover that fans deserve. A real page-turner, this issue will surely appeal to even the most demanding of readers.
Riley Rossmo’s art fits perfectly with Orlando and Snyder’s script. Each and every panel is alive and filled with action and emotion, making the transition from page to page an effortless venture.
I cannot wait to see where this goes, and I assure you that you do not want to skip out on this one. Buy Batman/The Shadow #1.