Shadowman (2020) #1 Review

Title: Shadowman (2020) #1
Publisher: Valiant
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Published: April 28, 2021

Publisher’s Summary: “A brand-new horror series! From the New York Times bestselling master of horror Cullen Bunn (Venom) and bone-chilling artist Jon Davis-Hunt (Clean Room) comes a shocking supernatural odyssey. The forces of darkness are awakening and they are hungry for life. Will Jack Boniface, feared by the forces of evil as the protector Shadowman, be able to save us all?”


Review

The newest version of Shadowman begins with demonic forces running amok in New Orleans killing innocent masqueraders. These unholy specters are looking for someone or something that does not belong in our realm, one that they claim has been abducted. It is the duty of Jack Boniface as the fully invoked Shadowman to find out exactly what is behind this turmoil.

Jack is given clues to the origin of these manifestations by none other than his old nemesis Baron Samedi. Understandably, Jack suspects the motive behind the Baron’s atypical largesse, and rightfully so, as the mystery turns out to be deeper and more perilous than he had imagined.

In this introductory jumping-on point for the Shadowman series, Cullen Bunn leans deep into the horror bone-fides of the Shadowman legacy by embracing the redefined link between Jack Boniface and his Loa as well as taking advantage of the Baron Samedi character as an unreliable guide and ally for the hero.

Jon Davis-Hunt and Jordie Bellaire have created stunning visuals for the moody and otherworldly manifestations of reality that Shadowman must traverse.

The Bottom Line

There is more to the sudden appearance of murderous demons, especially when they really don’t want to be here in the first place, and Shadowman is right in the middle of it all.

Shadowman (2020) #1 Review
The Bottom Line
There is more to the sudden appearance of murderous demons, especially when they really don’t want to be here in the first place, and Shadowman is right in the middle of it all.
Yes!
Blood Cocktails!
No...
9.1
Score

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Dave Robbins
While wearing flannel shirts that are older than his editor, Dave works as the Associate Editor at the Brazen Bull where he often says things like: "Don't talk to me about David Lynch until you've seen Eraserhead."

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