BATMAN/THE SHADOW #1
Written by: Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando
Art by: Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascencia
Published by: DC Comics/Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: April 26, 2017
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…
The superstar team of writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo brings you a dark and twisty modern noir like nothing you’ve seen before, with a brand-new villain unlike any either hero has faced! This is the unmissable crime series of 2017, so get on board now! Co-published with Dynamite.
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! But Batman wants to know too!
Okay, first things first: I didn’t know this comic was coming out. There are just too many Bat books on the shelf, and lately I’ve been skipping the section. But, once upon a time I was a Shadow fan, and since I had a couple of extra bucks, I decided to pick up Batman/The Shadow #1.
Unfortunately, I thought this issue was rather disappointing. The story by Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando takes place in the present-day, and I’m sorry, but the Shadow doesn’t fit into this high-tech world. The Shadow I always enjoyed was a master of disguise, and someone who used wits on his enemies. Batman on the other hand is using all sorts of gadgets in issue #1.
The one aspect of this book I did enjoy was the art. Riley Rossmo’s work has a pulp-y feel to it, but it fits well with the modern setting. I particularly enjoyed how he draws the Shadow’s use of stealth, deception, and disguise.
To be clear, Batman/The Shadow #1 is not a bad comic. It just wasn’t the comic I was expecting. I would have prefered a Batman/The Shadow series set in the 1940’s, with a low tech Batman on the hunt for the killer. But that’s just me, give Batman/The Shadow #1 a shot, see what you think.
Batman/The Shadow #1 score: B-