Thursday, May 18, 2017

Batman/The Shadow #1

The death of a descendant of Lamont Cranston, a well-respected orderly at Arkham Asylum, leads Batman down a rabbit hole. Encountering an odd shadowy creature at the crime scene, Batman goes back to the beginning investigating Cranston, his network of informants, and even talking with the man's closest ally Margo Lane.

There are several questions posed in this first issue. How is Lamont Crantson still alive and spry enough to go toe-to-toe with the Batman? Why has he returned after all these years simply to kill his own descendant? Who is the Shadow's new master? I'm always up for a Bat-story where our hero's detective skills are highlighted, and I curious to see where Batman's journey takes him from here.

Following the clues left by history, eventually Batman finds the Shadow's Sanctum, the heart of his operation. Yet, the discovery only leads to more questions. The Dark Knight hopes a trip to seek out a mutual acquaintance might yield better results, but as the Shadow told him - Batman isn't ready for the vigilante's world. Worth a look.

[DC/Dynamite, $3.99]

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