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The Shadow: Blood and Judgment TP [Paperback]

Howard Chaykin

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30 Oct 2012 Shadow
The laugh had vanished... the mocking, sinister laugh that signaled doom for the petty souls whose wrongdoing stained the world. It was gone, lost in the night that echoed it. Now, one by one, his friends and operatives are being ruthlessly murdered. Someone is trying to draw him out. Thirty-five years later, it is time for him to return. The laugh is here again. The Shadow is back! God help the guilty! Written and illustrated by legendary, award-winning comic book creator Howard Chaykin, The Shadow: Blood & Judgment is collected for the first time since 1991! Chaykin's dynamic, visceral style adds a new dimension to The Shadow of the 1980's!

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Color me surprised 25 Oct 2012
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The 1980s ushered in a wave of darker, more mature, and more complex comics that, for better or worse, put different spins on many established heroes. One of the more surprising storylines of this period was a miniseries that actually focused on a pulp character - Howard Chaykin's THE SHADOW: BLOOD AND JUDGMENT, originally published by DC Comics in 1986. Considering the qualities Chaykin's work is known for today, he was born to tell this story. In 4 issues, the Shadow was pulled from the darkened alleyways of the 1930s to the mirrored towers of the modern world, and a 19-issue series followed. There have been numerous attempts to bring pulp characters into the modern world of comics, most of which are ill-conceived and disastrous. Some may place BLOOD AND JUDGMENT in that group, but I feel that it actually makes sense and fits the character perfectly.

Chaykin's Shadow is an uzi-toting angel of death who returns after a thirty year absence due to his former agents, in their old age, being targeted by an assassin. The Shadow, not looking a day older than when he disappeared in the early '50s, is accompanied by agents both new and old in solving the mystery behind the murders. Along the way, we learn more of his mysterious origin and the reason for his absence.

It could be said that The Shadow didn't need a "grim-n-gritty" reboot, as the character had been filling criminals full of lead from his earliest days, but Chaykin took things a step further. What makes his take on the character so fascinating is that The Shadow is depicted as a smug and unapologetic product of his time. In fact, his inherent dark nature is brought to the fore in this story and is even questioned by those assisting him in his mission. True to form, Chaykin fills the story with violence, sex, and of course, a healthy dose of misogyny. The character is cast in a negative light, and I feel that it suits him; however, from what I'd understood, the purists, as well as Conde Nast, Ltd., were quite upset. Because of that, I'd figured that this story would never see print again, but thank goodness Dynamite Entertainment has proven me wrong. Despite the fact that this reprint is on slick paper, as well as the lettering fading in some panels, it's nice to have this work back in print. Here's hoping we'll see Dynamite reprint more Shadow material from DC, as well as from other publishers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars chaykin shadow 30 Jan 2013
By Kurt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This graphic novel has an excellent art & script & great transposing of a classic 1930's character to the Reagan era 1980's.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The equivalent to "All Star Batman" 27 Nov 2012
By Andrew Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been a fan of the Shadow for a long time. I felt that the 1994 film was under appreciated, and I collected all the action figures from the movie. I was also a fan of the comic series by Dennis O'Neil and Gerard Jones.

I was excited when I heard the character was being brought back, and although I disagree with Garth Ennis' misanthropic views, he's done the character justice by staying true to the source material while adding his own twists.

He often collaborated with Howard Chaykin, and seemed influenced by his treatment of The Shadow. But it's confusing how Ennis' run with the series is good while Chaykin's was so wretched.

Long before Frank Miller lost his mind with Batman, Howard Chaykin ruined The Shadow in the same fashion. In an interview that was included in the original TPB, Chaykin boasted about his contempt for the character, and was practically bragging how he only took this assignment for the money. (Why would he do cover art for the character years later?)

He shows his extreme dislike for the character by reducing him to a supporting role in the story while The Shadow's former agents seem to be the stars. These characters who were once likable are now bitter and boring people who should be in a retirement home.

By the time The Shadow finally shows up, he's portrayed as a megamaniacal cyst who laughs at feminism. His worst moment is when he uses his mind clouding ability to get a woman who hates him to sleep with and be head over heels with him. Then he discards her like trash.

I know The Shadow has always been a dark and cold hearted character, but he was never this sleazy and hateful.

The story is very hard to follow. It jumps all over the place and we never know what drives the characters or why what they're doing is important. There's only a little bit of action, and the enemies The Shadow dispatches hardly give him trouble, save for a stupid muscleman.

This series would be the blueprint for the awful 19 issue series where The Shadow would eventually transfer his head onto a robot body. (And nothing cool happens with it.)

Howard Chaykin has done some good work elsewhere, but his heart was clearly not into this, and I don't know why Dynamite would want to remind people of this travesty. I'm affraid it would hurt the new run. Hopefully, Garth Ennis does not go in the direction of this book.
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