Darwyn Cooke! Any Cooke artwork is welcome at any time, especially when teamed with a series as good as The Shade is. He and J. Bone drew the hell out of this issue and just made me wish we got a Cooke-drawn Vigilante series, that would amazing. The story was good too of course, we flashback to 1944 as Shade fights to protect one of his descendants from Nazi Fifth Columnists, and it had plenty of decent twists, especially the involvement of Caldecott’s wife in the plot. I had thought Ms Sharp was involved, but then it turned out she was a man who dresses as a woman to fight crime. Did James Robinson invent Madam Fatal? Or is she an actual Golden Age character? If she is that blows my mind. How did they get away with a transvestite superhero? No wonder Wertham thought comics were fucked up! It’s gloriously messed-up, and the sort of thing Robinson is best at. This was a great issue, which shed some light on the events in the present, the Times Past issues were always some of my favourites in Starman, and Robinson hasn’t lost it. Now where’s my next Cooke fix coming from? Hopefully not Watchmen 2!