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Shadowman Volume 2: Darque Reckoning TP [Paperback]

Patrick Zircher , Lee Garbett , Robert De La Torre , Neil Edwards , Justin Jordan , Warren Simons , Jody LeHeup
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5 Nov 2013 Shadowman (Book 2)
The coming of Master Darque is upon us! Jack Boniface has just been to Hell and back. After surviving the horrors of the Deadside, Jack is taking his new abilities to the limit and discovering more about the legacy of the Shadowman with each passing night. But, what if he wasn't the only thing that managed to escape back to Earth? Something dark has arrived in New Orleans, leaving death and madness in its black wake. What's more, the city's deadliest cartel assassin is after Jack, and he refuses to die - literally! Collecting SHADOWMAN #5-9 by acclaimed creators Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode) and Patrick Zircher (Captain America) with Neil Edwards (Dark Avengers), Lee Garbett (X-O Manowar), and Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil), start reading here to follow Jack Boniface headlong into the dark side of the Valiant Universe - and find out why Shadowman is the thrilling series that MTV Geek calls "everything a gripping horror comic should be.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC (5 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939346053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939346056
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book of Valiant comics! 18 Feb 2014
I like the Shadowman stories, but I really want to love them. They aren't bad in comparison to most comics out there these days, but they aren't as good as most of Valiants other titles. The story in these issues is a good contnuation of the origin of the newest Shadowman, but it leaves me wishing for more. There's alot about Shadowman and even more about Darque, but not much about Jack Bonifice who is the new host of the Shadowman loa. It leaves me wishing there was a stronger connection to the character so I could care about him a little more.

This story arc also introduces the newest incarnation of Dr. Mirage which was great. But then she disappeared from the storyline like she was forgotten or they ran out of room. The ending and how Shadowman managed to beat Master Darque seemed just a bit 'easy' and sudden. Overall, it was a good story, but it feels like it could have been great. This hasn't turned me off of the series though, and Valiant seems to have gotten the word from the fans that it was lacking as they put into motion plans to start a new creative team a few issues after the end of this book.

So I do like this book and do recommend it, but most of the other Valiant books are better than this in my opinion. I'm hopefull that this one will improve in the future and shine as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic End to the First Major Arc! 14 Jan 2014
By Shad99
Fantastic book that wraps up the first major arc of Valiant's Shadowman comic!

Full steam ahead for this one as Shadowman goes head to head with Master Darque to save *everybody's* soul, fighting the Lord of the Dead, zombie hoards and evil soul-machines along the way!

The pacing in this book is good, as slower, character-building and plot moving sections are offset by higher-paced action sections and of course the end of the book keeps its foot to the boards throughout the climax, making for a varied and entertaining book.

The characters are given more depth in this book than the previous ones, and some motives behind the characters' actions are revealed and explored here, some in more depth than others, but all of them: interesting. This is good as the characters haven't been given as much depth as perhaps one would expect by this point in time, so it's rewarding to start getting to know these characters a bit better as they go about living through their circumstances as best they can.

There's an enjoyable (slightly) darker tone in the art to this book than the previous one too, and given the plot elements mostly dealing with the dead, it's an apt and enjoyable feature which I think lends itself well to the series as a whole.

Overall, a very enjoyable and exciting end to this first part of the Shadowman story that feels like a satisfying conclusion to the previous books, whilst still raising more than a few questions of its own in the mind of the pensive reader.

Definitely recommended - Very much looking forward to more Shadowman from Valiant in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowman tpb 2 :Dark Reckoning 8 Dec 2013
Jack Boniface (as Shadowman) is the last line of defense between earth and a nightmare parallel reality called deadside.He and the abettors-individuals sworn to protect shadowman and earth are in a war against master darque and his inhuman and human minions who want to bring him back to earth where his powers would enslave it.

This tpb starts with a minion of the Baron Samedi (voodoo lord of the dead) goes on a private war against darques minions the Brethren killing them easily.

Then some of Darques human minions go after Jack and kill his waitress friend.Jack slips into a rage and beats them with his fists while an abettor Alyssa pleads with him that the police are coming.

Next is the introduction of Dr. Mirage (dr shan fong)who meets with a killer in a los angeles jail.She sees one of his dead victims and the spirit tells where the killers victims are and that he did it.The spirit also says she has to run as darque is coming.

Then it goes back to jack washing blood from his fists and the abettor dox and him each taking blame from the waitresses death.Then dox shows some of the Boniface history and the past shadowman and the curse of the Loa on them for generations.Where they saw and done things no one else could and saved countless lives by dedicating themselves to helping others.And how many of them do die doing it. and that Jack has to use these powers to help othes.The others were trained from birth to do so but jack grew up without being trained a clear disadvantage.

Next the tpb shows the deadside where Darque is going to Samedi's house .The barons dead attempt to protect samedi but Darwque dispatches them with ease.And Darque enters and offers to make a deal with the Baron.

To find about wht happens to the Baron,his minion.Darque and his minions and Jack and the abettors you will have to pick up this tpb it will be well worth your money and is a good read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Story, A Bit Jumpy With the Art 25 Feb 2014
By Victor M. Natoli - Published on Amazon.com
Now I'll admit upfront that I read the issues contained in here when they were first published and I had mixed feelings. Part of that was the release schedule (there was a zero issue thrown into the middle of this storyarc that will be collected in Volume 3, which threw off the pacing.) Also, original artist Patrick Zircher let after only two issues of this story and his replacements (yes there were several, sometimes several per issue) where an uneven mix. But that all said, upon re-reading this in trade form I found that I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I remembered.

This entire collection is mostly a direct sequel to Volume One and completes the tale of Jack Boniface's showdown with Master Darque. And whereas the first four issues took place on Earth. much of this the action here takes place in the Deadside. That's good for any number of reasons, but the talking monkey kind of steals the show.

The story plays out better in collected form, as I already mentioned, mostly because its easier to see the wider picture that Jordan was painting. In fact, in going back over Volumes One and Two, the overall story becomes more enjoyable.

A few things didn't work for me. The changing artists was probably the most distracting. I actually don't normally notice this kind of thing. More often than not its pointed out to me after the fact, but the dissimilar styles here really started becoming a distraction at one point. Other than that, my only real complaint was the use of Dr. Mirage. She is introduced in the first issue collected in this Volume, then unceremoniously dropped after the second issue with no explanation despite it being appearing to me as if she was intended for more. Again, in trying to be fair however, Justin Jordan has stated in interviews that she was served her purpose and he never meant to continue her storyline. You'll have to decide on that for yourself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really panning out... 10 Feb 2014
By Anthony OMalley - Published on Amazon.com
This is actually disappointing to me, since I so hoped this book would carve out a nice niche in the reborn Valiant Universe. Taking a corner in the dark/ghostly genre. But it's just not getting the job done. This arc, a continuation of the first books, sees a new Shadowman defending the Earth from the sinister sorcerer Master Darque. But this again feels too comicbooky, and not dark enough. Throw in the fact that this feels too rushed, ending on a quick resolution that feels thrown together, instead of erected with time. The build up to the Darque/ Shadowman conflict, just seems like the writer said "well I'm done", none of the impending doom. No real surprises, and with a character of the magnitude of Darque, this is a disservice. Plus it doesn;'t make sense, since Darque is established as an all powerful sorcerer, yet is pretty easily dispatched by Shadowman. A Shadowman with no experience, and with no mastery of his own powers. Kinda liken it to Peter Parker defeating Dr. Octopus on his first outing instead of the thug that shot Uncle Ben. Just doen't follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowman vol 2: Darque Reckoning is a great read, ESP the second time around 12 Mar 2014
By gary l. - Published on Amazon.com
Shadowman vol 2: Darque Reckoning collects issues 5-9 of the Valiant relaunch of Jack Boniface as a Shadowman. It picks up right after the events of the first paperback with Jack's battle with Master Darque.
With this collection we are introduced to a few new faces and reintroduced to others. Baron Samedi is a great character with great visuals. The Deadside has always been a fave of mine. And who doesn't like zombies and a talking monkey??
I was really impressed with the new take on Dr. Mirage in issue 7. However not enough time I feel was given to her as she only appears in this issue to date. Very interested in seeing more of her character fleshed out.
I was saddened to see Patrick Zircher leave this book after issue 6, but I am happy that Justin Jordan is still on board! I love that the paperback includes pics of the variant covers because some are extremely hard to find. Give this a read and you will not be disappointed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deadside Showdown 23 Jan 2014
By graham dyble - Published on Amazon.com
This second arc of Shadowman focuses on Shadowman facing off with Master Darque in the Deadside, while reintroducing Dr. Mirage (briefly), providing some background on Shadowman and Jack Boniface and introducing the reader to Baron Samedi (the God of the Dead I believe). I was excited to see the reimagined Dr. Mirage, but I was disappointed we didn't see her more. The character was reintroduced and then isn't seen the rest of the arc. This arc felt like things were somewhat rushed and that the book lacked some sense of identity, but the arc had some strong points in the Deadside being really cool, Dr. Mirage being reintroduced and Baron Samedi (who is a really cool supporting character) being introduced. It was a good conclusion to Master Darque and I'm looking forward to seeing where Valiant takes the title.
3.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Story That Stumbles 21 Aug 2014
By Keith S. Borders - Published on Amazon.com
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Where we left off: Jack Boniface has embraced his role as the new Shadowman. With the aid of the Abettors, Dox and Alyssa, he has defeated the demonic Mr. Twist, and trapped Master Darque in the Deadside. But Darque isn’t going to give up quite yet.

Vol. 2 of Shadowman picks up shortly after the first ended, and in many ways continues the same themes from the first story arc. Jack is still trying to come to grips with his abilities and responsibilities as the new Shadowman, but his rebellious streak can get the better of him and at the detriment of those he cares about. Meanwhile, Master Darque convinces a powerful denizen of the Deadside to take out Shadowman, all the while crafting a scheme that will allow him to finally break free into the land of the living. All the while we are learning more about the Abettors and the Brethern, and get to see Shadowman in action against these sub-servants of Master Darque.

I think you’d agree with me that the above synopsis sounds like it would make for some great comic book reading. Unfortunately, this is where Shadowman shows its first signs of stumbling. What starts out continuing the momentum from the first arc, with a great concept and amazing art, soon turns into an effort that never quite hits a homerun – the story reads like it could use another issue to allow more development, and multiple artists are brought on resulting in dramatic changes in artistic style from page to page. Fortunately, the entire arc reads much better in the trade paperback format, and if read with the first volume, forms an almost mega-arc that is great in it's entirety.

Worth noting… Valiant snuck a surprise reappearance of one of their classic characters in this story. Though only briefly used, the return of Dr. Mirage makes an impact on this story, and she (yes, she!) will soon be starring in her own mini-series.
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