Publisher: Diamond Books
Release: May 29th 2018
I received a copy of The Shadow: Leviathan from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Shadow: Leviathan is a continuation in the world of the Shadow (naturally) and is brought to us by Si Spurrier (Judge Dredd, 2000 AD, X-Force, X-Men) and Daniel HDR (Cyborg,Lady Death, Superman). The Shadow is one of those fun characters; he’s not really a force of good, but he isn’t a force of evil either. More like he follows his own rules, and expects others to obey them as well.
For the sake of honesty I should probably mention that I haven’t read any of the other Shadow novels. Having read Leviathan I felt reasonably impressed, so I’ll likely go back and read through everything else. This may have kept me from raising my expectations for this graphic novel, and may be the reason I liked it more than some of the other reviews out there (what can I say; expectations are rough, especially when they’re not met).
There were a lot of great scenes in this book. The introduction was interesting, and admittedly took me a little bit to get into (a doctor taking care of patient in an almost gruff manner) but once I did it felt like things really got rolling. I love the mystery and assumptions that were made during this part, by all parties involved. It was clever, intriguing, and immediately capable of pulling its audience in.
I love the idea of the old watch lingering and trying to maintain itself in a new world, which really is exactly what is going on here. The Shadow and his people are a dying breed – not meant for a modern world like ours. Maybe a new one can come about someday, one that’ll be capable of dealing with these times. That’s an interesting concept.
In particular I found myself loving the artwork; it was dark and while it was never quite macabre it danced around the idea of it. You could see the older comic influences in it, and there were little bits of the Shadow’s history that bled into the art style itself.