The final issue of The Shade maxi-series shows us the long-awaited truth of the character’s origins, and in true Robinson fashion, it actually left me wanting to know more. What is the nature of Scathach? And why did it effect Richard Swift in the way that it did? I suppose it’s good that Robinson has left some mysteries, I do feel that Shade would be less interesting if we knew the whole truth. And tellingly, the title of this story is ‘Family Ties Part 1’, when and where will we see Part 2? As it is, this story filled in some important gaps about who Richard Swift was, what his job was, his family, and also how he met the evil Dwarf that is Simon Culp, and then, how he became The Shade. It was great to have Gene Ha, the artist of the first Shade mini-series return to draw this issue, and he did his usual fantastic, detailed job. I especially liked how his Charles Dickens actually resembled the young author. This was a great conclusion to a great series, I hope Robinson has more to come, but if not, it was a very enjoyable return to his side of the DC Universe, even if Jack Knight didn’t show up.