Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #1

New Year's Eve 1950 brings a new mystery for The Shadow in the first issue of Dynamite's new six-issue mini-series from writer/artist Howard Chaykin. Returning to the character for the first time since DC's ill-advised 80s mini-series, Chaykin delivers a story of Lamont Cranston in the later days of The Shadow's career.

I'm a bigger fan of Chaykin's writing than art and had some issues with the style of the female characters depicted, especially Margo Lane. On story, The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #1 offers a beleaguered and weary Lamont Cranston a mystery involving an old enemy who impossibly survived The Shadow's trap and the shrinking of gold ingots through some as-of-yet undisclosed technology.

Presenting a future where The Shadow's work in New York has done little to stop the flow of crime, and even force Cranston to consider retirement, the first issue is a bit depressing while weaving into the blackmail of a London scientist who I'd expect we'll see tied to the shrink-ray in the next issue. For fans.

[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]

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