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Review Group #596 - Batman/Shadow #4

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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:02 pm

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Batman/Shadow #4

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The Shadow must fight his way through Gotham City’s worst rogues in order to stop the Joker and the Stag from carving out Batman’s heart! But if he’s freed, will Batman be able to save the villains from the wrath of the Shadow?


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Postby GLX » Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:04 pm

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Stephen Day

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Postby Stephen Day » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:07 pm

I haven't been totally satisfied with this series overall so far. The two characters have clearly historically existed in two separate universes and this series supposes them to have always existed in the same universe. I've always been bothered by crossovers that take that stand for the characters being crossed over. The other problem is that the characterization of the Shadow seems somewhat off. These two problems continued into this issue.

As for the issue itself, the two main characters continue to fight against the goals of the series' villain, the Stag. This villain is another problem of this series -- he's just not that interesting.

At this point, four issues in, I've been waiting for this series to get better. I like the idea of these two characters in a story together. It's just not coming together, so far, in a way that I like.

3 out of 10
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HNutz

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Postby HNutz » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:24 pm

I dunno, I liked the idea that Batman may have met the Shadow in his early years. It's written by Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, 2 folks who know the Bat-universe. The painted cover is beautiful and the interior art, while not Capullo's work, is serviceable.

But... maybe it's starting to drag a bit. Maybe it's the ending, which required the reader to recognize Margot Lane, despite her not being seen or mentioned this issue.

It's not bad but, to me, it's not as good as the earlier issues.

6 out of 10.

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