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5.0 out of 5 stars Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of the Imperial Japanese Army…?, 25 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Shadow Volume 1: The Fires Of Creation (Kindle Edition)
The story running through issues #1-6 of Dynamite Comics’ new Shadow series is collected as The Shadow Volume 1: The Fires Of Creation. It is set in 1938, and opens with a catalogue of atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China since their invasion started in 1931, just to set the tone of the story, as the Shadow sets out on a mission for he US Government to stop a faction of the Japanese Army getting possession of certain ‘minerals’ from the depths of Warlord-ruled China. We travel from the US to Shanghai, to the wildernesses of northern China, fighting off Nazi agents on trans-oceanic aircraft, Japanese agents in the nightclubs of Shanghai, Russian agents in the skies over China, and the Japanese army in the depths of China. We discover some of the mysterious origins of the Shadow in the days of the Warlords, as he carves a swathe of vengeance across the world, following a trail of massacres and murder to a final showdown in the land that created him. If you haven’t noticed, by the way, the Japanese are the bad guys here, and get their comeuppance at the end, though several years later…

Garth Ennis is in his element here, and is ably supported by the art team. This is an excellent adventure of the Shadow. Mr Ennis supposedly doesn’t like superheroes, but I think he has found an excellent compromise here with the Shadow. The story manages to capture many elements from the pulp stories that I read (in reprint) as a teenager, while bringing his own personal touch to the story. I was reminded a bit of Howard Chaykin’s version, but this is definitely Mr Ennis’s story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The shadow is back!!, 4 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Shadow Volume 1: The Fires Of Creation (Kindle Edition)
Great read, nice art, very enjoyable. I loved this book nice to see a graphic novel of the shadow it was well done and I am looking forward to seeing the next volume.
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