Shadowman (2018) Volume 1: Fear of the Dark

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 May 2018

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This graphic novel was a good start to the series. I found myself to be mostly captivated by the art style. The art style has a resemblance to that of the Walking Dead, but has it's own soul to it. Magic exists in this world, which I found it a bit difficult to believe as there isn't too much backstory, but I went along with it after a bit. As this is the start, characters will obviously leave much to be desired. I would wish for more backstory or more fleshing out of characters in the future. I also wish I was able to get more into the story as I felt at times that I had no idea why things were happening. Overall, this was a very intriguing and solid start to a new graphic novel series. 

I received this ARC from NetGalley for free in exchange for my completely honest review.
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In Shadowman (2018) Volume 1: Fear of the Dark we follow our two main characters Jack Boniface (Shadowman) and Alyssa Myles. Jack is the sixth Shadowman, a mortal bound to a violent voodoo spirit of immense power. For the past five years, Jack has been missing and Alyssa stepped in to help the people of New Orleans as more and more darkness has taken hold of the city. Now, Jack returns and the two team up against Baron Samedi, a major loa who’s responsible for the bad things that have happened (and are still happening) in New Orleans.

From page 1, this story is action packed. Filled with voodoo, magic, monsters, other realms and all sorts of bad guys, this story does not leave any room to get bored. Add tot hat the great artwork and you’ve got yourself a great read.

I loved this one a lot. A rather unique story with a very very DC feel to it. I hope that, at some point, we do get a little more backstory and a bit more explanation about all the characters that are introduced in this one (there are quite a lot of the mto be honest). Still, I can’t wait for the next volume to see where this story goes.
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Shadowman (2108) Volume 1: Fear of the Dark finds Alyssa Myles without Jack Boniface and a Mambo priestess. Opening a portal to Deadside, Jack crosses back after a five years absence and has some catching up to do. A newly envisioned Shadowman comes to life in splendid color and wonderfully art that draws the eye. Some of the old characters appear not unexpectedly and Jack still needs to learn to control his power. The story unfolds rapidly and action-packed for a little fresher storyline, I found more enjoyable than the some of the last Shadowman graphic novels I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed the new feel to the story writing and love the new role Alyssa has taken on. Eerie and dark, the story draws the reader in and leaves you longer for more and a glimmer of  hope that Jack will finally take down the monsters that plague his world for a refreshing, easy read. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
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I loved this graphic novel and flew right through it until I got to the final page which, of course, is a major cliffhanger. The New Orleans setting mixed with some old juju myths was a really cool take on this fantasy story. It contained magic, fighting, monsters and the land of the dead all portrayed through beautiful artwork with atmospheric drawing and colors. My only negative point is the many names and elements that aren't really introduced/explained so if you're not already into juju and voodoo, you might get confused: Alyssa (MC) is a mambo and former abettor, jack (MC) is Shadowman, there's Baron Samedi, Papa Legba, the Pantheon, the Ziwanda and so on.. my advice is to make little notes on the side while reading and then just enjoy the adventure.
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This is really action packed graphic novel. Very different and unique story. Artworks are amazing. I really liked it and want to know what is going to happen next.
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This was a very action-packed graphic novel. There is a lot going on in this slim volume. Will recommend to my patrons.
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Shadowman (2018) Volume 1: Fear of the Dark
by Andy Diggle, Stephen Segovia 

Don’t fear your demons…Fight them! 
If you know me in real life you know I love all things, scary, Voodoo, and Witchy. When I was approved to read Shadowman, I squealed!  I dove in and read it super quick then read it again. 
Set in New Orleans, we follow Jack who is set to be the next in line of a long lineage of Shadowmen. They protect our world from scary worlds beyond ours.  
We loved everything about this graphic Novel. He action was great, story was even better. Our favorite though was the illustrations. We may be biased because we have been following Stephen Segovia since 
Dark Wolverine. 
This is a definite buy! We loved it, you’ll love it, and your nerdy comic book loving girlfriend/boyfriend will love it!


About the Andy Diggle -the Author (via Goodreads)
Andy Diggle is a British comic book writer and former editor of 2000 AD. He is best known for his work on The Losers,Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Adam Strange and Silent Dragon at DC Comics and for his run on Thunderbolts and Daredevil after his move to Marvel.

About Stephen Segovia -the Illustrator (via his twitter)
Draw comics for Dynamite, DC comics, Marvel and Valiant Entertainment and currently working on Action Comics for DC
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I need to read more Shadowman books. I know very little about the character and this storyline has me hooked. This volume was super intense and the art is great.
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This was really good! I loved the originality of it, the voodoo culture in it and the action was great! Only disapointment, I got it on Netgalley as a review advance copy, and it look unfinish! Unfinish?!? Really, I know it's advance review but still, it supposed to be done. The issue 1 and 2 were alright but the third one had no color, no text and seem to lack a couple of pages, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't the real finish style the author and publisher wanted. If not, when the truly finished copy will be out, this is a very good new series that I would enjoy to follow.
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Another great comic from the Valiant universe but it could have done with some intro or background. 

The artwork was good as is usual from Valiant Comics and the story is fast paced with action and the supernatural, but without some kind of intro new readers will be lost. I was a bit disappointed that the last few pages of the arc copy were black and white with no dialogue. I think this is because it was an arc copy, but still if you want a comprehensive review of a comic then the reviewer should be given a fully comprehensive comic.

In any case I am sure this will be a five star comic when it is finished. Definitely a must for fans of the Shadowman.

Copy provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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