The Shadow Now #2

Written by: David Liss
Art by: Colton Worley

What started out as the rise of The Shadow, turns out to be oe full of bumps and curves. Instead, Shiwan Khan is on the rise, and he is not willing to give Cranston that opening to make a move. When you expected to see The Shadow enter the modern world, you really didn’t think it would be that easy?

What most fans of The Shadow recall is that he relies on his network. As a vigilante with highly respected detective skills, the Shadow Network was his way of bridging a connection to any and all points of information he needed to get the job done. But like everything else, Shiwan Khan has stayed ahead of the game to destroy this, the biggest blow he could deliver that would cripple The Shadow. Of course that doesn’t mean that he should count him out. What David Liss understands and emphasizes is that there’s nothing wrong with starting from scratch and that is the foundation of this story.

As Khan expands his own reach, we also are informed of what his end game is. One that makes sense given the history he and The Shadow have, they aren’t like any other ordinary person. Batu is a very impressive new character. Realizing that she is his granddaughter and is a novice at using hypnosis. Just one of the many mystic elements that makes The Shadow a unique story.

The relationship between Cranston and Margo is interesting because you see how much of Miss Lane he sees in her and it is something that makes their relationship awkward. It’s one development you want to follow because she has a lot of potential and you want to know if she will ever be able to accept this world that Cranston has dragged her into.

The Shadow Now is the Shadow like you’ve never seen him before. David Liss has put him in a position where he is really out of his element. A new world, new allies, and facing foes who are more prepared for him than he is for them. Colton Worley continues to amaze with his work on art. The painting makes every character look so real that you feel the emotion from them with every close up. You even see those subtle changes like when Batu or Kahn is using hypnosis.

Score: 8.9/10