Friday, July 22, 2016

The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #2

The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #2 delivers on its title as the Shadow is able to narrowly escape a trap set by the Red Empress. Unaware of the danger, or that the Shadow has already made it out safely, Margo Lane runs straight into a building about the explode and to her (less than definite) doom.

The fact that Margo dies off-panel is suggestive. Did she make it out? Was she skirted away by agents of the Red Empress? Or was she injured or trapped beneath the rubble and won't be found until later in the series? Even with the public manner of her death and the title of the comic I'm guessing there's still at least a 50-50 chance writer/artist Matt Wagner has a trick up his sleeve.

Regardless as to whether Margo has indeed met her end, the Shadow believes this is the case allowing Matt Wagner to play with the character's guilt over her demise and fuel his quest to find the Red Empress with a thirst for vengeance. It also allows the Shadow to take certain liberties, such as reading Margo's journals of her relationship with Lamont Crane and his alter-ego, which he would otherwise not indulge in. Worth a look.

[Dynamite, $3.99]

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