Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review: SHADOWMAN - FEAR, BLOOD, AND SHADOWS by Peter Milligan

Shadowman, Volume 4: Fear, Blood, and ShadowsFrom the back of the book:
All-new creative team... All-new arc... All-new beginning! Comics icon Peter Milligan and acclaimed artist Roberto De La Torre drag Jack Boniface into his blackest depths yet! When a troubled young man with a history of violence and a penchant for blackouts meets an overwhelming source of power with a mystical scythe, the results are doomed to be destructive. A voodoo loa has possessed Jack Boniface - or so he believes. But after Jack awakens in an alleyway covered in blood, he embarks on a journey across lands of shadows and death to discover if he can expel the dark force that's seized control of his life...and which may be responsible for a violent rampage throughout New Orleans. Collects issues #13-16.

My Review:
Before getting into my thoughts on this book, I want to highlight that FEAR, BLOOD AND SHADOWS is a 'soft' reboot of the series; meaning some concepts remain whilst others are reincarnated albeit slightly anew.

From my perspective,  reading this book retrospectively,  the biggest thing to come from FEAR, BLOOD AND SHADOWS is Punk Mambo,  the character which spawned the excellent one-shot Punk Mambo #0 also written by Peter Milligan.

The art is moody and evocative and certainly adds the requisite element of horror,  however the direction and end product of this story arc missed the mark for me. Jack Boniface,  the current iteration of Shadowman bares almost no resemblance to the protagonist of the previous 12 issues. Additionally, this book just didn't feel new reader friendly making me wonder what the point of it was (Shadowman is currently nowhere to be seen post the next story arc).

For a character, and premise that had so much scope, this really was let down.
On a positive note; art-wise this is pretty good and END TIMES, the subsequent 3 issue mini is something to look out for if you haven't read it.

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